Performing Arts

Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters, and his works have had an enduring presence on stages from the late 19th century through the present. We know and love Puccini—but there is so much more to learn about him.

Starting October 17, join us for this six-session daytime course. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed and favorite of opera composers.

Giacomo Puccini, ca. 1908, by A. Dupont (Library of Congress)

Other returning favorites

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet
Evening Performance
Sun., Oct. 15 at 6 PM
The 2017–­18 season marks the Emerson String Quartet’s 38th year in residence at the Smithsonian. Don't miss this Grammy Award-winning ensemble's first concert of the season, as violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist Paul Watkins present a repertoire that includes masterworks by Purcell, Britten, and Shostakovich.

Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan and the Savoy Tradition
Evening Program with Live Performance
Tues., Nov. 14 at 6:45 PM
In this lively evening, Steinway artist and musical theater expert Robert Wyatt draws on musical recordings and film clips to introduce this legendary theatrical duo and the cultural and societal trends that informed their work. A performance by members of the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society adds to the Savoyard delights.

Rob Kapilow

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
Evening Performance
Sun., Nov. 19 at 6 PM
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. This program features Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 ("Archduke") with musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts  

2017-18 Lilienstein at Levine Lecture Series

If you enjoy programming led by Saul Lilienstein, learn about an 8-part series on Leonard Bernstein he is leading at Levine Music as part of the Bernstein at 100 Celebration.

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