The Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series features an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature.

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$300 per person
(includes two tickets for each lecture)

Series Ticket (6) Lectures

Individual Tickets
$20/$24 Non-members

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The 2016-2017 schedule includes: (6 lectures)

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6pm
Eric Goft
Oehme, van Sweden, Landscape Architects
The Natural Garden
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Friday, January 27, 2017 at 6pm
Mark Leithauser
Chief of Design and Senior Curator, National Gallery of Art
Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery of Art
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Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6p.m.
John Wilmerding
Christopher Binyon Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University
Frederick Church's Maine Landscapes
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Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6p.m.
Bruce Ragsdale
Fellow, Georgian Papers Programme
The Farmers George: Washington, the King, and the Agricultural Landscape
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Movie & Music Lecture Series

Presented by Dr. Rachel Franklin
Thursdays: February 23 and March 2, 9, and 16
11a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Series Tickets (4) Lectures: $100 Members; $120 Non-Members
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Magnificent Movie Music:
February 23 - Dancing with Many Partners
In this first session we'll concentrate on a single director-superstar, William Wyler, who made some of the most magnificent films in the Hollywood canon. Wyler worked with many distinguished composers and each brought a different artistic sensibility to his movies. Among this dazzling array of musical talent, some of the most prominent are Max Steiner, Miklos Rosza and Aaron Copland. How did Rosza conceive his mighty score for Wyler's Ben-Hur and what unique qualities did Aaron Copland bring to his exquisite and searing music for The Heiress?
Films discussed include: The Best Year of Our Lives, The Heiress, and Ben-Hur.
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March 2 - A Marriage of Visions
We'll explore two of Hollywood's greatest partnerships, Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Hermann, and Steven Spielberg and John Williams. Spielberg and Williams are still going strong and each expresses profound gratitude and friendship for each other, recognizing the extraordinary legacy their collaborations have bequeathed to the world. In stark contrast, Hitchcock and Hermann's relationship broke up acrimoniously, under great pressure from the studios, but not before they created such iconic films together as Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest and, of course, Psycho.
Films discussed include: Vertigo, North By Northwest, Catch Me If You Can and E.T., plus we revisit previously featured films Psycho and Jaws in greater depth.
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March 9 - Dangerous Music - A Night at the Opera - CENSORED
Did the passion of Gluck's operas cause the French Revolution? Why was Mozart's delightful "The Marriage of Figaro" considered almost treasonous by Austrian aristocracy? Is "Mack the Knife" an aria celebrating murder? Prudish Pope Clement XI actually banned public opera altogether, claiming it promoted lascivious behavior. Who knew? Bring your smelling salts as we enjoy some seriously dangerous entertainment at the opera house!
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March 16 - Dangerous Music - Performance and Protest
In Paris, a decent riot meant your work was a success! We'll travel back to the glorious 1913 Paris when audiences yelled, jeered, and duked it out at the premier of Stravinsky's revolutionary "Rite of Spring." These days we just sit quietly and marvel at its originality. Meanwhile, performances of the beautiful "Finlandia" by Finnish composer Sibelius were outlawed by the conquering Russians. Only a few years later in Satlin's USSR, Shostakovich risked persecution and exile every time he premiered a new symphony. Among the many questions we ask: can abstract music contain secret codes, have audiences changed, and how can intangible notes be considered threatening?
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