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. Susan Forscher Weiss

    December 06, 2015

    Susan Forscher Weiss is Professor of Musicology at the Peabody Institute, 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. Among her book publications are Bologna Q 18: An Introduction and Facsimile Edition (1999) and Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2010, co-edited with Russell E. Murray, Jr. and Cynthia J. Cyrus). In 2015, Dr. Weiss, Don M. Randel, and Matthew Shaftel will release a book entitled, ‘I Concentrate on You’: A Cole Porter Companion. Her research involves images and memory as well as the Arabic contribution to music theory. Dr. Weiss is the recipient of numerous awards from the ACLS, NEH,Harvard University, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and several from The Johns Hopkins University for innovations in teaching and technology and music cognition. She serves on a number of boards including the Executive board of the Renaissance Society of America. In Fall 2014 she was the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa i Tatti, in Florence.

  • "Il Diario di Chiara," a film by Lucrezia Le Moli

    January 17, 2016

  • Mr. Jonathan Palevsky

    February 14, 2016

    Jonathan Palevsky has been an on-air host at WBJC-FM since 1986 and Program Director since 1990. He can regularly 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.

  • Dr. Carl Schmidt

    March 06, 2016

    May 08, 2016

    Carl B. Schmidt, Professor Emeritus of Music History and Culture 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, two members of Les Six (Poulenc and Auric), and on Randall Thompson. His book concerning Thompson’s iconic Alleluia was published in 2010, and The Music of Randall Thompson (1899-1984): A Documented Catalogue, co-authored with his wife Betsey, was released in January 2015. A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935-2013): “Music Spread Thy Voice Around” is now in press. Schmidt lectures widely in the Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington area and has received significant grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, and Music and Letters.

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