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Willie from Blues Journey Blues Journey: Page to Stage

Blues Journey: Page to Stage

Join playwright Jerome Hairson and director Scot Reese as they bring the story of Blues Journey from page to stage, developing the original book of blues lyrics into a fully realized play, rich with musical performances. Blues Journey follows the life of a blues performer as he learns to play, finds fame, and witnesses the blues evolve into rock-and-roll in this world premiere Kennedy Center original production based on the children's book by Walter Dean Myers.

Grupo Fantasma Border Music: Grupo Fantasma

Border Music: Grupo Fantasma

Along the Texas-Mexican border in the 19th century, Mexicans, Native Americans, and Anglo-Americans living in the region intermingled with European immigrants looking for new opportunities. The clash and fusion of multiple languages and traditions resulted in a distinct "Tejano" culture.

Tremé Brass Band Brass Music: Tremé Brass Band

Brass Music: Tremé Brass Band

Follow behind a parade in New Orleans and you'll still be a part of the show. Whether a parade was organized for a celebration or funeral, honorees and others in the main procession would be followed by a "second line" of participants hoping to get closer to the rhythms of the brass bands.

Michael Doucet Cajun Music: Michael Doucet

Cajun Music: Michael Doucet

Louisiana-based Cajun music has roots in unaccompanied, narrative ballads brought by European settlers. Cajun songs, traditionally sung in French, fused narrative balladry, Irish and Anglo-American reels and jigs, and Black and Native American folk traditions.

Blue Note Celebrating Blue Note

Celebrating Blue Note

This audio series celebrates the history and style of Blue Note Records on its 75th anniversary. Narrated by Susan Stamberg for the Kennedy Center.

US Air Force buglar Jari Villanueva Ceremonial Brass

Ceremonial Brass

Musicians have always played an important part in the military. This series explores not only the history of military music, but also the diverse ceremonial and entertainment roles of musicians in the military.

Peking Opera China: Arts & Culture

China: Arts & Culture

This video series brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts

Greece City Dionysia: The Ancient Roots of Modern Theater

City Dionysia: The Ancient Roots of Modern Theater

Designed to support high school studies of theater, literature and world history, this site leads students though the development of Ancient ideas and contemporary theater practice, then on to write and stage their own original play while demonstrating an understanding of the rules and structure of Greek tragedy.

Violin head Classical Music in America

Classical Music in America

Follow the course of classical music in America from colonial times to the present in a series of NPR podcasts.

JFK in Berlin Cultural Diplomacy

Cultural Diplomacy

Even while the United States was entering the Cold War with the Soviet Union in 1961, the Kennedy administration strengthened their commitment to cultural diplomacy. This audio story highlights some of the important ways President Kennedy used the arts to help improve the image of the United States around the world.

A Teenager With a Radio Microphone D.I.Y. Old-Time Radio

D.I.Y. Old-Time Radio

After learning about the history of radio drama, use everyday items around your house to record your own.

Dan-One Dan-One: Alphabetical Engineer

Dan-One: Alphabetical Engineer

Graffiti artist Danny ‘Dan-One’ Polonco, a self-described “Alphabetical Engineer,” talks about graffiti art form as a means for self-expression.

Dancing With Gregory Hines

Dancing With Gregory Hines

In this video-based interactive, Gregory Hines is your guide through the diverse and exciting history, people, and techniques of tap.

James Delta Blues: James "Super Chikan" Johnson

Delta Blues: James "Super Chikan" Johnson

The Delta blues style continues to be characterized by raw vocalizing and rhythmic intensity. In addition, Delta blues musicians often employ slide techniques, meaning they move a glass or metal tube called a slide along a guitar's strings to change the notes.

Diane Ravitch Diane Ravitch on the Arts in Education

Diane Ravitch on the Arts in Education

Education historian Diane Ravitch discusses the inequity in access to arts education among American schools

Jackie and Caroline reading Discovering American Scrapbook

Discovering American Scrapbook

Bringing poetry to life through performance

Lion King on Broadway Disney Musicals

Disney Musicals

In an odd turn, the Broadway musical - exported by Walt Disney to cartoons in the 1930s - was returned to Broadway by Disney in the 1990s.

Hand on turntable DJ 101: The Basics

DJ 101: The Basics

In this podcast series, DJ Kuttin Kandi shows students the basics of Turntablism, how to scratch records as a DJ, and the differences between Vinyl and Digital DJing.

Drop Me Off in Harlem Drop Me Off in Harlem

Drop Me Off in Harlem

Drop Me Off in Harlem will give students the opportunity to explore the art, music, and people that changed Harlem from a neighborhood into a historical landmark

Edwin Colón Zayas Edwin Colón Zayas

Edwin Colón Zayas

A 2009 NEA Heritage Award winner, the Puerto Rican composer, arranger, and director is best known as a musician with a passion for the cuatro, a guitar-like instrument with five sets of double strings.

El Alto Strings El Alto Strings

El Alto Strings

The Bolivian musicians may practice Bach and other classical music at home, but they were eager to share their interpretation of traditional Bolivian music during their performance at the Kennedy Center.

Elephant and Piggie Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play

Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play

Explore the creative process behind the writing, music, and design of the musical Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! This video series features clips from the performance and takes you behind the scenes to hear from author/illustrator/lyricist Mo Willems and others on the creative team.

Stephen Schwartz An Evening with Stephen Schwartz

An Evening with Stephen Schwartz

From his time at Juilliard to his grand success on Broadway, follow the path of Stephen Schwartz, the composer/lyricist of such legendary works as Godspell, Pippin, and his most recent Broadway hit, Wicked. Excerpted from the Kenndey Center event moderated by Michael Kerker, ASCAP Director of Musical Theater, this series invites you into the world of one of the American theater's most talented artists.

NSO YPC Exploring Extremes Exploring Extremes: Music to the Max!

Exploring Extremes: Music to the Max!

Join the NSO to explore music’s extremes—from high notes and low notes to how big or small instruments (and their sounds!) can be. Plus, get to know the “extremely talented” violin, and discover different ways of listening to music.

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