About Performing Arts
The Screenwriter and the Superstar: Frances Marion, Mary Pickford, and The Girls in the Picture

Author Melanie Benjamin discusses her new novel, The Girls in the Picture, the story of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends, screenwriter Frances Marion and silent-movie superstar Mary Pickford.

Date
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy
6-Session Daytime Course

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings.

Date
Tuesday, January 30 to March 6, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
How Do We Listen?: Conversations in Music with Aaron Diehl and Murray Horwitz

Virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Aaron Diehl teams with Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Murray Horwitz for three entertaining and enlightening excursions into the building blocks of music. Tonight's program focuses on melody.

Date
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Opera: Inside the Music—An Unintimidating Guide to the Art

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop and pianist Ken Weiss examine the building blocks of opera in a fascinating day equally suited to those who want an introduction to the art and to fans looking to deepen their understanding of the form’s nuts and bolts. Performances by singers from the Potomac Vocal Institute enhance this exploration of opera’s musical and theatrical foundations.

Date
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Congenial music educator and commentator Rob Kapilow is back for another delightful season, opening peoples’ ears—and minds—to what it is that makes a piece of music a masterpiece. Tonight's performance features Tchaikovsky.

Date
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How Do We Listen?: Conversations in Music with Aaron Diehl and Murray Horwitz

Virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Aaron Diehl teams with Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Murray Horwitz for three entertaining and enlightening excursions into the building blocks of music. Tonight's program focuses on harmony.

Date
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Congenial music educator and commentator Rob Kapilow is back for another delightful season, opening peoples’ ears—and minds—to what it is that makes a piece of music a masterpiece. Tonight's performance features the Bernstein Songbook.

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House music.

Date
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.