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Performances
Smithsonian Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus
10-Session Evening Course

Is the soundtrack to your life filled with the music of the Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, and other classic groups? Bring those songs alive again with music director and conductor Cheryl Branham.

Date
Tuesday, September 5 to November 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Sing Out: The Smithsonian Chorale
12-Session Daytime Course

Spend Thursday mornings in song and in good company with the Smithsonian Chorale. Singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Cheryl Branham, culminating into a concert performance.

Date
Thursday, September 14 to December 7, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
The Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy

This fall, as the temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and holiday pressures and head colds come on, The Second City has the fix! Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater presents “The Cure for The Common Comedy.” You’ll be laughing your way into the New Year!

Date
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy

This fall, as the temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and holiday pressures and head colds come on, The Second City has the fix! Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater presents “The Cure for The Common Comedy.” You’ll be laughing your way into the New Year!

Date
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00 p.m. to 10:45 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 rhythm.

Date
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series. This option features Saturday dates.

Date
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017; Jan. 13, 2018; Jan. 20, 2018; Jan. 27, 2018; April 14, 2018; and May 5, 2018

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition Semifinals

FREE EVENT: Come and hear some of the world's most talented young jazz pianists performing for an illustrious judging panel as they take part in this world-famous musical competition. Note: Ticket distribution will occur at the door on Monday, October 9, 2017 starting at 12 noon.

Date
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet 2017-2018 Concert Series

The 2017–­18 season marks the Emerson String Quartet’s 38th year in residence at the Smithsonian. In this concert, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs masterworks by Purcell, Britten, and Shostakovich.

Date
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series. This option features Sunday dates.

Date
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017; Dec. 10, 2017; Jan. 14, 2018; Jan. 28, 2018; Feb. 25, 2018; and April 15, 2018

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series. This option features Saturday dates.

Date
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series. This option features Sunday dates.

Date
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 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 Beethoven.

Date
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet 2017-2018 Concert Series

The 2017–­18 season marks the Emerson String Quartet’s 38th year in residence at the Smithsonian. In this concert, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs masterworks by Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Date
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular
All-Day Tour

There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.

Date
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet 2017-2018 Concert Series

The 2017–­18 season marks the Emerson String Quartet’s 38th year in residence at the Smithsonian. In this concert, cellist Paul Watkins performs a solo recital.

Date
Sunday, January 7, 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 melody.

Date
Wednesday, January 31, 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 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.