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What makes great music great? Through his concert presentations, commentaries on NPR's Performance Today, and CD series, Rob Kapilow takes listeners inside the music to answer that question. Washington Performing Arts brings this informative and engaging program to Washington area audiences. Kapilow unravels, slows down, and recomposes key passages to hear why a piece is so extraordinary. Great music rewards great listeners, and What Makes It Great? enhances the listening experience. What Makes It Great? is presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Associates.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 6pm
Beethoven: "Archduke" Trio

Musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music
Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6pm
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6pm
The Bernstein Songbook

Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian