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.

  • Dr. Richard Giarusso

    September 21, 2014

    November 16, 2014

    Richard Giarusso is a faculty member in the Musicology Department at the Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches classes in 19th and 20th-century music. He holds a PhD in historical musicology from Harvard University and a BA in Music and English from Williams College. He is a frequent lecturer for arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic area, having also presented talks for the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition to his scholarly work, he maintains an active career as a singer and conductor throughout the northeast.

  • Dr. Carl Schmidt

    October 26, 2014

    January 18, 2015

    Carl B. Schmidt, Professor of Music History and Literature at Towson University, received his MA and PhD from Harvard and BA from Stanford. He has written extensively on French and Italian opera and ballet, Les Six, and on Randall Thompson. His Auric catalogue is in press, and his book on Thompson's Alleluia was published in 2010. With his wife, he has co-authored a catalogue of Thompson's music, and he has just finished 'Music Spread Thy Voice Around': A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935 - 2011). Schmidt lectures widely in the Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington area and has received significant grants from universities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Dr. Joshua Walden

    December 07, 2014

    February 15, 2015

    Joshua Walden earned his PhD with Distinction at Columbia University in 2008 and has held a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, University of Oxford and an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. His research considers a variety of topics including musical representations of ethnic and national identities in the 20th century; music and visual arts; film music; Jewish music; and musical postmodernism. He has been awarded grants from the American Musicological Society, the British Library Sound Archive, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and the British Academy. Before joining the Peabody musicology faculty, he taught at Columbia, Oxford, and the University of California, Davis. As a violinisit, he has performed in venues in New York City, Oxford, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Mr. Jonathan Palevsky

    March 15, 2015

    April 19, 2015

    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 Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He is also a widely popular lecturer and music travel leader.