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    Orchestral music is one of the foundations of Western culture. After the origins of the symphony in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, the orchestra entered the standardization of the Classical period, with its specific roster of instruments. Presented via live video stream with interactive Q&A, by Maestro Thomas Shoebotham, Friday, June 5, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    Maestro Thomas Shoebotham continues our survey of orchestral history with the changes occurring during the Romantic period (roughly 1830 to the early 20th century), when the orchestra became an even greater force due to its increasing size.  Presented via live video stream with interactive Q&A, by Maestro Thomas Shoebotham, Saturday, June 6, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    Iran is one of the earliest civilizations in the world.  It has ruled far beyond its borders but has been engulfed in conflicts with its neighbors and the West for the last 40 years. (This lecture is a repeat of the lecture offered on Friday, May 29.) Presented via live video stream with interactive Q&A, by Naeem Zafar, Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7:00PM

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    Iran is one of the earliest civilizations in the world. It has ruled far beyond its borders but has been engulfed in conflicts with its neighbors and the West for the last 40 years. (This lecture is also offered on Saturday, May 30.) Presented via live video stream with interactive Q&A, by Naeem Zafar, Friday, May 29, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    The Institute's favorite archaeologist takes us on an armchair journey to the birthplace of Western civilization -- Athens!  Presented via live video stream with interactive Q&A, by Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., Friday, June 27, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    A leading painter of the Impressionist style, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a celebrator of beauty and feminine sensuality. He created thousands of paintings with a warmth and passion that made his work among the most beloved and reproduced paintings in the history of art. Presented via live video stream with interactive Q&A, by  William Fredlund, Ph.D.,...

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    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ranks among the greatest composers, yet until recently, much about his life—and death—have been shrouded in mystery.  The fall of the Soviet Union lifted back the veil, revealing the harrowing struggles of a gay man trying to survive within an imperial society.  Presented via live video stream with interactive Q&A, by Robert...

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