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What, exactly, does a record producer do? What elements go into the creation of a chart-topping single or album? These questions, and many others, will be addressed by a panel of some of the music industry’s most successful producers at a roundtable discussion presented by the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Phil Ramone (pictured), who has collaborated with a galaxy of artists, among them Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, and Barbra Streisand, headlines the panel, which also features a trio of successful area producers: John Alagia (whose credits include the Dave Matthews Band and Ben Folds Five), John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter), and Darryl “Day” Pearson (Mya, Mary J. Blige, and Dru Hill). In their opening remarks, they will discuss recent changes in recording technology and share anecdotes about their experiences working in the studio with both established and novice musicians. A question-and-answer period will follow, during which aspiring artists may inquire about how to produce their own CDs. From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the Capital Hilton, 16th & K Sts. $15. For reservations call (202) 662-1341. (Joel E. Siegel)