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The Making of Aida

Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 5:30 PM

Join WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello along with other members of the creative team of Aida for a discussion about bringing this new WNO production to the stage.

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Opera Master Class with Peter Kazaras

Thu, Sep 14, 2017, 7:00 PM

Observe pre-professional singers as they are guided in a master class by the acclaimed director, performer, and educator, who is also one of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 season.

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Master Class: Mariinsky Ballet

Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Mariinsky Ballet.

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Open Rehearsal: Mariinsky Ballet

Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 12:30 PM

Join dance scholars for an insider's look at Mariinsky Ballet as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage.

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Opera Master Class with Francesca Zambello

Thu, Nov 2, 2017, 7:00 PM

Observe the WNO Artistic Director, an internationally acclaimed director of theater and opera, as she leads this master class for pre-professional singers, accompanied by Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Director Robert Ainsley.

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Master Class: Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Mon, Nov 27, 2017, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

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Ballet 360°: The Choreographer and the Muse: The Extraordinary Relationship of George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell

Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 4:00 PM

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, explore the deep connection  between legendary choreographer George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.

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Creating an Opera: Proving Up with Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek

Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 5:30 PM

Join two of the most important new talents in American music--composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek--as they discuss creating their captivating tale of homesteading in the American West, as part of WNO's American Opera Initiative Festival.

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Open Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre

Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 1:30 PM

Join dance scholars for an insider's look at American Ballet Theatre as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage.

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Ballet 360°: American Ballet Theatre & the Ballets of Alexei Ratmansky

Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 4:00 PM

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, delve into Serenade after Plato's Symposium, Whipped Cream, and other ballets by Alexei Ratmansky, ABT's Artist in Residence.

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Master Class: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mon, Feb 5, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, Horton Technique class for adults is led by company members from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Exploring Don Carlo with Philippe Auguin

Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 5:30 PM

Enjoy Don Carlo's return to the Kennedy Center after 17 years with a session led by the WNO Music Director, who takes us into the music to explore and deepen our knowledge of one of Guiseppe Verdi's mightiest creations.

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Opera Master Class with Eric Owens

Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 7:00 PM

Observe the two-time Grammy winner--a star of WNO's Don Carlo and one of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 season--as he leads a master class for pre-professional singers.

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Master Class: Mark Morris Dance Group

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Mark Morris Dance Group.

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Master Class: New York City Ballet

Mon, Mar 26, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from New York City Ballet.

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Creative Movement with New York City Ballet

Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 10:30 AM

Experience New York City Ballet in a brand new way in this 75-minute movement workshops for adults with little or no dance training. NYCB dancers lead participants through a ballet warm-up and movement combinations inspired by repertory in the current season. Workshops also include a brief Q&A with the artists. 

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Ballet 360°: Robbins, Bernstein, and New York City Ballet

Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 4:00 PM

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, enjoy a discussion on Jerome Robbins's ballets set to Leonard Bernstein's music, including Fancy Free and West Side Story, two of their legendary collaborations.

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Master Class: Andersson Dance

Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Andersson Dance.

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