What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Inventing America, Part 1 - The Songs of Irving Berlin: An American Voice for Popular Music with commentator and pianist Rob Kapilow and vocalist Michael Winther
GBH Calderwood Studio (Brighton)

In the first performance of this two-part series, Inventing America, Rob Kapilow peels away the layers of composer Irving Berlin’s iconic American songs. The program features unforgettable favorites, including “Cheek to Cheek,” “Puttin' on the Ritz,” “You’re Just in Love,” and many more. It’s a must-see event for anyone who enjoys Broadway, Hollywood musicals, and the American songbook, but the truth is, with Rob Kapilow at the helm, you’ll end up a fan of whatever subject he presents. 

Well-known for unraveling classical music and iconic songs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, Rob Kapilow shares the joy and wonder of learning how to become an active listener of music. By showing what gives the work of brilliant composers that extra special “something,” Kapilow creates memorable moments of connection for concertgoers of all levels of musical engagement.  

He’s a Celebrity Series audience favorite for good reason. If you know, you know; if you don’t, make sure to check out this What Makes It Great? performance!  

The What Makes It Great? - Inventing America series continues in February 2023, with Copland’s Appalachian Spring: An American Voice for Classical Music, featuring Boston’s own A Far Cry chamber orchestra.


This in-person performance has critically low availability, and is unavailable to purchase at this time. However, you can watch the on-demand recording from November 22-November 28, starting at $20!

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This performance is generously sponsored by
Amy & Joshua Boger.

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