Rob Kapilow’s sixth season of What Makes It Great? TM explores the genius of Beethoven, Schubert Gershwin and Vivaldi

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Washington, D.C. September 20 (Washington Bangla Radio):The dynamic musicologist and lecturer Rob Kapilow returns to Washington this fall with a new series of his popular What Makes It Great?TM programs, this time exploring the genius of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Gershwin and Vivaldi. A violinist and pianist from the Curtis Institute of Music will give a complete performance of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata after Kapilow’s illuminating comments on October 27, and pianist Yuliya Gorenman will perform Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasie in C Major, D. 760, following Kapilow’s talk on December 15. On March 9, George Gershwin will be in the spotlight with performances of "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," “Someone To Watch Over Me” and "Love is Sweeping the Country.” The Peabody Chamber Orchestra returns again this season to wind up the series with a performance of “Spring” and “Summer.”  from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on April 27.  


Rob Kapilow is characterized by his unique ability to create an “ah ha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication or naiveté. He gives, said The New York Times, “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note.” “You’ve never heard a classical music concert like this before,” said the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Kapilow’s exuberance transported the audience back into the mind of the composer and his contemporaries” Kapilow is a masterful teacher, audience members agreed. ‘It’s like watching baseball,’ said one La Jolla resident. ‘If you don’t know the rules of the game, it’s not that much fun. But if you have an expert sitting there next to you, explaining what’s going on and the history of the players, it brings a whole new level of appreciation.’”  


Kapilow is a distinguished musician and composer who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale and studied in France with the legendary Nadia Boulanger and at the Eastman School of Music. Kapilow was an assistant professor at Yale for six years and was a featured composer on Chicago Public Radio’s “Composers in America” series. He is a recipient of an Exxon “Meet-the-Composer” grant and numerous ASCAP awards. His recent book, All You Have to Do is Listen: Music from the Inside Out, received a PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence fromThe Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Kapilow is also author of What Makes It Great? (2011), the first book of its kind to be especially designed for the iPad with embedded musical examples.


Russian-born American pianist Yuliya Gorenman first achieved international acclaim as a 1995 prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. Since then, she has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts throughout the United States and in Europe, earning praise for her artistic fire, fluid and unpretentious technique.


Born in Odessa (Ukraine) and raised in Kazakhstan, Gorenman began piano studies with pianist mother and went on to attend the St. Petersburg Conservatory. After immigrating to the United States in 1989, she studied at the San Francisco and Peabody Conservatories with Nathan Schwartz and Leon Fleischer.


Gorenman has performed in numerous television and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Festival she appeared in a PBS educational video for Sony Classical with Seiji Ozawa and Wynton Marsalis. Also at Tanglewood Gorenman performed with Billy Joel in a nationally broadcast concert on NPR.


Gorenman has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, and many other orchestras and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world . She concluded the critically-acclaimed Gorenman Beethoven Project in 2011, featuring the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas at American University in Washington, DC. The first volume of The Gorenman Beethoven Project, Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 was released in 2010 on MiClaire Records. Gorenman is professor of piano and Musician in Residence at the American University in Washington, DC.


Performers from Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory and Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia are élite undergraduate and graduate students who audition by invitation and are mentored by distinguished artists on the conservatories’ faculties.

The performance by Peabody Chamber Orchestra is presented in partnership with

GWU Lisner Auditorium. All performances are also presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 

WPAS is committed to making every event accessible for persons with disabilities. Please call the WPAS Ticket Services Office for more information on accessibility to the various theaters in which our performances are held.  Services offered vary from venue to venue and may require advance notice.

Considered one of the country’s leading presenters of the performing arts and recipient of the 2012 National Medal of the Arts, Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) was established in the nation’s capital by the legendary impresario Patrick Hayes. Throughout its 48-year history, WPAS has created profound opportunities for connecting the community to artists, both in education and performance, for more than four decades. The mission of the Washington Performing Arts Society is threefold:

1)       to provide the Washington community with performing arts presentations of the highest quality and of varied content and tradition; 2) to support and nurture performing artists and their art forms; and 3) to provide lifelong learning opportunities through arts education, youth involvement, and community partnerships.