About Performing Arts
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev
6-Session Daytime Course

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. Learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire.

Tuesday, April 17 to May 22, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood
4-Session Daytime Course

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 series. And, of course, he always takes requests!

Wednesday, April 18 to May 9, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.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.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Rossini’s Stabat Mater: The Second Time’s the Charm

Scott Tucker, artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, explores the musical structure and cultural history of composer Gioachino Rossini’s beloved Stabat Mater. Recordings and a live performance by members of the Choral Arts Chorus provide musical context.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
The Romani Influence on European Music

In the distinctive musical language of the Romani people—developed from centuries of global influences—European composers found rich and passionate inspirations for their own works. Musical scholar Saul Lilienstein surveys its impact on classical works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and others, as well as its echoes in flamenco and French jazz.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Mark and Jay Duplass: Like Brothers

Producers, writers, directors, and actors Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass tell their story of a lifelong creative partnership based on a bond that’s resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:45 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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Designing the World of Hamilton

David Korin’s name may not be on the marquee, but his role in Hamilton is a major—and highly visible—one. The production designer for the show that has become a cultural phenomenon discusses the meticulous research, collaboration, and sheer hard work that went into creating and building every detail of the setting against which the musical plays out.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
A Berkshires Summer Sampler
5-Day Tour

The scenic and historic Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts are alive with music, art, and theatre. Journalist Richard Selden leads a 5-day tour that offers a splendid sampling of cultural attractions in the region, from historic writers’ homes to outstanding museums to music and theatre performances.

Depart: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 6:30 a.m.
Return: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.