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Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great? 2013-2014 series

Presented in Partnership with the Washington Performing Arts Society

Evening Performance

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0363

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Why does a piece of music sometimes flow past your brain, suffuse your soul, and remain in your memory? Answer: It’s great. If you require more explanation than that, Rob Kapilow, well-known commentator, conductor, and composer, has a knack for unraveling and exploring the elements that combine to render a musical composition a masterpiece.

In this year's season of his popular What Makes It Great? series, Kapilow brings his insights to enduring works by an intriguing range of composers. Each session follows a three-part format. Kapilow first offers an in-depth discussion of the featured work. Next, the piece is performed in its entirety. A question-and-answer session with the audience and performers rounds out the program.

Deepen your connection to some of your favorite musical works, and discover why the Kansas City Star says “Not since Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow.”

Performance Information

The Songs of George Gershwin including “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Love is Sweeping the Country,” and “They Can't Take That Away From Me.”

Kapilow will be joined by Deborah Nansteel, mezzo soprano from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program and Michael Winther, Broadway performer (Mamma Mia, 33 Variations).


National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian