Each subscription concert is preceded by a lecture, free to those holding tickets for that concert, by an expert in the music to be performed that evening. Lectures are at 4:30 pm in the Clipper Room upstairs from the Shriver Hall lobby and provide informative and entertaining insights into the works and their composers.

  • Laura Protano-Biggs

    October 23, 2016

    February 26, 2017

    Laura Protano­-Biggs joined the musicology faculty of the Peabody Conservatory at The Johns Hopkins University in Fall 2015. Prior to her arrival she was awarded a PhD in historical musicology from the University of California, Berkeley (2014) and held an appointment as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham (2014-­15). She is currently at work on a book about the material dimension of operatic experience, entitled Operatic Technologies in Late Nineteenth­-Century Italy

  • Carl B. Schmidt

    November 06, 2016

    November 20, 2016

    Carl B. Schmidt is Professor Emeritus of Music History and Culture at Towson University. He has written extensively on French and Italian opera and ballet, members of Les Six, and Randall Thompson. His recent books include The Music of Randall Thompson (1899-1984): A Documented Catalogue, co-authored with his wife Betsey, and A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935-2013): “Music Spread Thy Voice Around,” both published in 2015. The Schmidts are now completing Thompson’s documented biography. Schmidt has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Harvard University, among others.

  • Jonathan Palevsky

    December 04, 2016

    January 22, 2017

    April 02, 2017

    Jonathan Palevsky has been an on­-air host at WBJC­-FM since 1986 and Program Director since 1990. He can regularly be heard hosting the WBJC’s Operafest, Face the Music (a music review program), and Past Masters (a CD reissue program).Originally from Montreal, he came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. He is also a widely popular lecturer and music travel leader. 

  • Susan Forscher Weiss

    February 12, 2017

    Susan Forscher Weiss is Professor of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory, and ​holds a joint appointment in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, at The Johns Hopkins University. Her current research involves images and memory as well as the Arabic contribution to music theory, and she is the recipient of numerous awards from the ACLS, NEH, Harvard University, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 2014 she was the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti. ​

  • Richard Giarusso

    April 23, 2017

    Richard Giarusso is Chair of the Musicology Department at the Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches classes in 19th-­ and 20th-­century music. Giarusso’s research focuses on the music of Schubert, Bruckner, Mahler, and Vaughan Williams. He holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from Harvard University and a BA in Music and English from Williams College. In addition to his academic work, he maintains an active career as a singer and conductor. He serves currently as music director of the Georgetown Chorale in northwest DC and as artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia.