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The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Modest Mussorgsky.

Date
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tempered Glass Mosaic Collage
8-Session Daytime Course

Tempered glass is a versatile material that when used as an overlay adds a shimmer to modern mosaic art works. Students use it, as well as stained glass and other glass products, to produce sophisticated compositions filled with unexpected visual interest.

Date
Tuesday, April 24 to June 12, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Spring at the National Arboretum
All-Day Tour

Enjoy a spring day at the Arboretum, during what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers. The day includes a combination walking and bus tour to visit popular collections on the Arboretum grounds, a picnic box lunch on site, and special guided tours of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum and the National Herb Garden.

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining 4-session series. And, of course, he always takes requests! This session focuses on Hoagy Carmichael.

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media One-Day Workshop

Spend a day discovering the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
George Washington in Alexandria
Daytime Walking Tour

No other city is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, Virginia, which he considered his home town. Join author historian Garrett Peck on a charming walk that takes in Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, 18th-century architecture, and waterfront.

Date
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Alexander Borodin.

Date
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining 4-session series. And, of course, he always takes requests! This session focuses on the Fabulous 40s.

Date
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Reading the Neapolitan Quartet

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Part of a 4-session course, join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books. This session's featured novel is Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Date
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Date
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Giants of the Sea: Norfolk’s Naval Heritage
All-Day Tour

Transportation expert Scott Hercik guides an immersive day at the Port of Norfolk focused on some of the world’s greatest ships and the men and women who sail them.

Date
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining 4-session series. And, of course, he always takes requests! This session focuses on Hollywood.

Date
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov.

Date
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Composition
2-Session Daytime Course

This two­-session workshop examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, May 15 and 22, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Sergey Prokofiev.

Date
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Oysters of the Rappahannock: New Directions for a Virginia Industry
All-Day Tour

Environmental historian Hayden Mathews leads a tour that examines how Virginia’s once-declining oyster harvest was revived through innovative developments in commercial farming and aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay. A visit to a 119-year-old family business that was among the pioneers in that resurgence offers a chance to see—and taste—the robust oyster industry of today.

Date
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A Mountain Rail Extravaganza: The Cass Scenic Railroad and Other West Virginia Excursions
3-Day Tour

All aboard for an exciting three-day rail journey through West Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery led by railroad historian Joe Nevin.

Date
Depart: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
A Day of Drawing at Congressional Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery’s 35 acres of rolling grounds and picturesque vistas along the Anacostia River provide the perfect springtime setting in which to find inspiration during an instructor-led drawing excursion.

Date
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Reading the Neapolitan Quartet

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Part of a 4-session course, join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books. This session's featured novel is The Story of the Lost Child.

Date
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Finding Paradise in Montgomery County: Sugarloaf Mountain and the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve
All-Day Tour

Did you know there is rural beauty nearby to Washington that rivals the English countryside or Provence? Spend a June day with author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley as she shares some of her favorite places in a slice of paradise bordering the Frederick County line.

Date
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Daytime Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Historic Jamestown
All-Day Tour

Staff from the Jamestown Rediscovery project share the eloquent archeological story of life and death in North America’s first permanent British settlement during a visit to this fascinating research site.

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Afternoon Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle. 

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Landscape Painting at Brookside Gardens
4-Session Daytime Course

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

Date
Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.