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

    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

  • Jonathan Palevsky

    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. 

  • 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 Washington, D.C. and as artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia.