Digital Concert: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow (2021-22)

The Music of Lerner & Loewe
Virtual Concert

This performance is available on demand until Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 pm.

Rob Kapilow gives his one-of-a-kind What Makes it Great? treatment to the music of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, a duo “virtually synonymous with the blockbuster Broadway musical” (PBS). It’s a must-see event for anyone who enjoys Broadway or Hollywood musicals, but the truth is, with Rob Kapilow at the helm, you’ll end up becoming a fan of whatever subject he’s presenting.

In this equally entertaining and educational series, Kapilow doesn’t just perform great music and provide the facts about it; he equips audiences to hear it like they might otherwise never have, "opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear,” as stated in his bio. He’s the rare kind of teacher whose insightfulness matches his sincere enthusiasm, and the even rarer kind of teacher whose one-size-fits-all approach engrosses novices and experts alike. Come find out why shows like My Fair LadyCamelot, and Brigadoon became such enduring smash hits—and have a good time doing it!

Acclaimed singers Emily Albrink and Ben Jones join Kapilow to perform the songs going under the What Makes it Great? microscope.

“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

“Successful presenters guide listeners into treacherous scores. They offer essential information and then supervise listeners as they attempt to hear the music in a new way—hopefully with a new sense of wonder. If they do their job, their newbies leave better able to listen. Musical tour guide Rob Kapilow and his What Makes It So Great? presentations fit this mold well.”

New York City Sun

2021/22 Digital Season

Celebrity Series at Home returns to the digital stage this fall!

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This performance is generously sponsored by Amy & Joshua Boger.

2021/22 season performances at GBH Calderwood Studio are sponsored by Susan & Michael Thonis and the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative.


This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.