The Washington Chorus is pleased to present composer Rob Kapilow’s acclaimed “What Makes it Great?®” series as part of our 2019-20 season of concerts and special events! In partnership with our friends, Smithsonian Associates.

“Not since the late Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow. ... He’s as lively as a top-flight sports announcer and as entertaining as a stand-up comedian. But he’s also got substance in spades.”

— Kansas City Star

What makes great music great? Through his concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s “Performance Today” and CD series, Rob Kapilow takes listeners inside the music: he unravels, slows down, and recomposes key passages to hear why a piece is so extraordinary. Theatermania.com calls Rob Kapilow’s engaging commentaries “a knockout combination of entertainment and education.” Great music rewards great listeners, and Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?® is about great listening.

Read more about Rob Kapilow

Join us for three unforgettable programs, tied to The Washington Chorus’ 2019-20 season of concerts:

  • Sunday, November 10, 2019, 6:30 pm / Mozart Requiem, featuring The Washington Chorus

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020, 6:30 pm / American Songbook

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020, 6:30 pm / Beethoven, String Quartet no. 16, Op. 135

Subscriptions to the full What Makes It Great?® series on sale starting July 22, 2019. Individual tickets on sale starting September 9, 2019.

All programs will be at Baird Auditorium in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.


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