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Earthrise

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Earthrise

In the 50th year since the moon landing, explore the historic feat with projections, songs, and NASA footage

Colors

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Colors

Dancers maneuver a set brought to life with fabric, projections, and sensors to explore colors!

Tosca

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Tosca

Puccini’s breathtaking tale of political corruption and ill-fated love that amazes and captivates

Dancing Earth

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Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations

Meet intertribal Indigenous dancers whose performance art reflects the cultural heritage of Native America

Break It Down!

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Break It Down!

This energetic program delights in dissecting parts of music and musical instruments

The Me I Want To Sing

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The Me I Want To Sing

Opera legends Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price’s most memorable performances

Le Corsaire

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Mariinsky Ballet: Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire is a story of bold pirates, passionate maidens, shocking betrayal, and a dramatic shipwreck

NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: The Travels of Babar

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NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: The Travels of Babar

A concert that mixes the magic of stories, images, and music

Chanticleer

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Chanticleer: Performance/Demonstration

Chanticleer is known for its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass

Voyagers

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Voyagers: A Dance Among the Planets

Join fellow voyagers in a journey through the solar system for the young and young at heart

NSO YPC: Inside the Music

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NSO Young People's Concert: Orchestra Look-In: NSO! Inside the Music

The NSO continues in the spirit of a series of Young People’s Concerts made popular by Leonard Bernstein

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Experience the story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history

Faust

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Faust

The famous story by Goethe focuses on the aging Faust, who makes a pact with Mephistopheles

Eugine Onegin

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Eugene Onegin

Based on Alexander Pushkin’s sweeping novel, a provocative tale of rejection and regret

Sheet Music

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National Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

with Lionel Bringuier (conductor) & Gil Shaham (violin)

NSO: Let's Go To The Moon!

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NSO Family Concert: Let's Go To The Moon!

Join the NSO for a fun-filled concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!

She a Gem

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She A Gem

As the you learn about your future, you’ll learn something about your past

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs selections from its varied and inspiring repertoire

Camille Thurman

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Camille Thurman: The Origin of the Blues

Saxophonist, vocalist, and composer Camille Thurman and her quartet present a fun session exploring the blues

Imani Winds

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Imani Winds: Performance/Demonstration

Imani Winds is a classical woodwind ensemble known for their high-energy performances and musical versatility

Harlequinade

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American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade

The D.C. premiere of Ratmansky’s retelling of Marius Petipa’s 19th-century comic ballet

Banda Magda

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Banda Magda

South American rhythms with jazz sung in six languages for a globetrotting adventure!

Cartography

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Cartography

This powerful story examines the forces that shape where we have come from, how we have moved, and where we are going.

Timbalooloo Live

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Timbalooloo Live

Explore the thrilling language of instruments!

The Play That Goes Wrong

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The Play That Goes Wrong

Called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen”, this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania

The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

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WNO Open Rehearsal: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

As the first Christmas nears, who among the animals can lead Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem?

Ballet West: The Nutcracker

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Ballet West: The Nutcracker

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker

Anastasia

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Anastasia

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical is on a journey to Washington at last!

How to Catch a Star

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How to Catch a Star

A world Premiere Kennedy Center commission adapted from the novel by Oliver Jeffers

The Human Beatbox

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Christylez Bacon: The Human Beatbox

Christylez Bacon combines rhyming, storytelling, and traditional elements from jazz to hip-hop

Silent Night

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Silent Night

Silent Night makes its WNO premiere in the centennial month of World War I’s end

Ragamala Dance Company

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Ragamala Dance Company

Drawing from classical Indian dance forms, the Ragamala Dance Company bridges ancient and modern cultures

Halloween Spooktacular

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NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

The NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween

Long Way Down

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Long Way Down

Sixty seconds. Seven floors. One elevator. Will’s brother has just been shot, and he is ready to follow "The Rules"

San Francisco Ballet

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San Francisco Ballet

Unbound: A Festival of New Works showcases all new ballets created by 12 of today’s most innovative choreographers

La Traviata

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Opera Look-In: La traviata

Theater and music come together in this introduction to one of the world’s most beloved operas

American Revolution

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American Revolution, Produced by Theater Unspeakable from Chicago, IL

Can the history of the American Revolution be told in 21 square feet of space?

La Traviata

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La Traviata: WNO Open Rehearsal

One of the most beloved operas ever written that illuminates tensions of social class that ring just as true today.

Star Wars: A New Hope

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Star Wars: NSO Open Rehearsal

Experience the classic original film in the Concert Hall!

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Christopher Paul Curtis’ Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning book comes to life in a staged concert reading. Told through Kenny’s ever-witty perspective, The Watsons Go to Birmingham captures hilarious family antics alongside poignant observations of Birmingham’s tragic church bombing. Experience the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history.

Voyagers Voyagers: A Dance Among the Planets

Voyagers: A Dance Among the Planets

A majestic ride awaits a young stargazer who is carried away by the magician Uranus. Join her and fellow voyagers in a journey through the solar system for the young and young at heart. The Kennedy Center and D.C. dance ensemble Company | E and composer Eric Shimelonis share an interplanetary display of modern movement set to Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Through a reimagining of Holst’s soaring suite, Company | E combines live music, dance, and a bit of Einstein to celebrate curiosity, compassion, and the natural world. Experience the distinct character of each planet, from the majestic and jolly Jupiter, to the angry and ominous Mars, to the lively and flighty Mercury.

Tosca Tosca

Tosca

In love and war, what will you stand for? Puccini’s breathtaking work is a tale of political corruption and ill-fated love that amazes and captivates new and longtime opera lovers alike. In 18th-century Rome, the zealous painter Cavaradossi and singer Tosca are deeply in love. When Cavaradossi hides an escaped political prisoner, a tragic conflict unfurls. Caught between contending with the villainous chief of police and staying loyal to her lover, Tosca make take matters into her own hands—but no one is guaranteed to get out alive.

Timbalooloo Live Timbalooloo Live

Timbalooloo Live

Explore the thrilling language of instruments! Grammy Award®–winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs, and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award®–winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs, and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Examining sounds from Mozart to Willie Nelson to Herbie Hancock, children will explore how music is as unique and magical as their own imagination.

NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: The Travels of Babar NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: The Travels of Babar

NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: The Travels of Babar

Come children (and children at heart!) for a concert that mixes the magic of stories, images, and music, including Return to the Land of the Elephants by composer Raphael Mostel—the U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of one of his two multimedia musical voyages based on The Travels of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff.

Star Wars: A New Hope Star Wars: NSO Open Rehearsal

Star Wars: NSO Open Rehearsal

Experience the classic original film in the Concert Hall! Join Luke, Leia, and Han Solo on their epic journey as the NSO’s performance of John Williams’s Oscar®-winning score takes the music to new heights, from the bustling Cantina scene to the foreboding trumpets echoing Darth Vader’s first appearance. Note that as this is a rehearsal, there may be starting and stopping throughout.

Silent Night Silent Night

Silent Night

Based on the true story of a wartime ceasefire, Silent Night makes its WNO premiere in the centennial month of World War I’s end. The year is 1914 and the Great War has just been declared, dividing nations and sending millions into battle. As Christmas Eve falls on a battlefield near Belgium, soldiers in French, German, and Scottish trenches begin recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man’s-land for a spontaneous truce. Once sworn enemies, they trade their weapons for merriment and camaraderie—resulting in one miraculous night of peace.

She a Gem She A Gem

She A Gem

Krystin, Jaleesa, and Amber form a double-dutch team in inner city Philadelphia to compete in their neighborhood pageant. If they win, they’ll receive a special prize: their futures told by Ms. Mary, the local psychic. Will they become a famous singer? A hair dresser? Or maybe a “gem,” a special leader who cares for the neighborhood? Then they meet a pregnant teen from North Philly who can jump double-dutch almost better than any of them. Just as the girls anticipate learning about their futures, they’ll learn something important about her past that affects them all.

San Francisco Ballet San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet

Launching in Spring 2018 in San Francisco, Unbound: A Festival of New Works showcases all new ballets created by 12 of today’s most innovative choreographers, including David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Myles Thatcher, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon. Favorite pieces from the festival will make their way to the Kennedy Center this fall, celebrating dance without limits and the company’s unique spirit of curiosity, experimentation, and invention.

Ragamala Dance Company Ragamala Dance Company

Ragamala Dance Company

Drawing from the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, the Ragamala Dance Company’s work provides a bridge between ancient and modern cultures. In Written in Water, one of the company’s newest productions, the childhood game Snakes & Ladders—a second-century Indian board game—sets the stage for the emotional journey that unfolds when people search for truth while desperately attempting to avoid human failing. With the Sufi poem “The Conference of Birds” as a framework, rich choreography is paired with original music by Iraqi American jazz artist Amir ElSaffar and Carnatic composer Prema Ramamurthy and performed live by ElSaffar and an ensemble. Projections by Chennai-based cartoonist Keshav and Minneapolis artist Nathan Christopher draw you even further into this mesmerizing world.

The Play That Goes Wrong The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had a Broadway baby? You’d get New York and London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (The Huffington Post), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania. Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “comic gold” (Variety) sure to bring down the house.

NSO YPC: Inside the Music NSO Young People's Concert: Orchestra Look-In: NSO! Inside the Music

NSO Young People's Concert: Orchestra Look-In: NSO! Inside the Music

The NSO continues in the spirit of a series of Young People’s Concerts made popular by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall. Michael Butterman conducts this delightful performance that explores all of the pieces that come together to create an orchestra, and demonstrates that it can be accessible to everyone. The concert includes well-known works by Brahms, Copland, and Tchaikovsky, and introduces students to Jessie Montgomery, a living composer keeping the orchestra music alive and vibrant. The NSO along with Conductor Michael Butterman and NSO Assistant Principal 2nd Violinist Marissa Regni are joined onstage by an unexpected guest who is just as ecstatic about the orchestra as they are.

La Traviata Opera Look-In: La traviata

Opera Look-In: La traviata

At this Look-In, students hear amazing performances; see demonstrations of behind-the-scenes technology, lighting, and stagecraft; and get a glimpse into the many careers available in stage performance, both onstage and behind the curtains.

Sheet Music National Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

National Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

with Lionel Bringuier (conductor) & Gil Shaham (violin)

The Me I Want To Sing The Me I Want To Sing

The Me I Want To Sing

Returning since its powerful 2017 premiere on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, this riveting two-performer show blends opera legends Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price’s most memorable performances—including opera, art songs, and more—with narrative spoken word. Created and written by Tom Minter and originally commissioned by Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, the work chronicles some of the challenges these two women faced in their careers as African American singers, and highlights ongoing issues of race in America.

Le Corsaire Mariinsky Ballet: Le Corsaire

Mariinsky Ballet: Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire is a captivating story of bold pirates, passionate maidens, shocking betrayal, and a dramatic shipwreck rescue. Beloved for its breathtaking choreography, virtuosic dancing, and spectacular scenery and costumes, the classic ballet is an unmissable, swashbuckling adventure. Choreographer Marius Petipa revived the ballet for the Mariinsky more than a century ago, and the company continues to perform it with exhilarating freshness and tradition.

La Traviata La Traviata: WNO Open Rehearsal

La Traviata: WNO Open Rehearsal

Including everything from the famous brindisi drinking song to heartbreaking arias, La traviata is one of the most beloved operas ever written. Violetta, a courtesan, is the life of every party. But she holds a devastating secret: she is sick and dying. When she meets the affluent Alfredo, happily-ever-after seems within reach— until his father condemns Violetta’s low social status. Now she must make an impossible choice before death claims her. This everlasting story of love and sacrifice captures Violetta’s unforgettable plight and illuminates tensions of social class that ring just as true today.

Long Way Down Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Sixty seconds. Seven floors. One elevator. Fifteen-year old Will’s brother has just been shot, and Will is ready to follow “The Rules”: 1) “No Crying.” 2) “No Snitching.” 3) “Get Revenge.” But on the ride down, with his brother’s gun in his pocket, his plan is interrupted by a few visitors. Told entirely in free-form poetry, Long Way Down captures the potent minute Will contemplates retaliation. As mysterious guests appear at each floor, Will realizes there might be a bigger story to be told. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me WNO Open Rehearsal: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

WNO Open Rehearsal: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

Based on the award-winning children’s book by Jeanette Winterson, this heartwarming production returns with whimsical costumes, music from a Tony®-award winning composer, and a talented cast featuring the Domingo- Cafritz Young Artists and the WNO Children’s Chorus.

NSO: Let's Go To The Moon! NSO Family Concert: Let's Go To The Moon!

NSO Family Concert: Let's Go To The Moon!

As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing draws near, join the NSO for a fun-filled concert of interstellar proportions! Tap into your imagination and be transported from the Concert Hall to outer space with music from Star Trek and a new NSO Commission from Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek trilogy, Star Wars: Rogue One, numerous Pixar films), Also sprach Zarathustra (the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), and more.

Imani Winds Imani Winds: Performance/Demonstration

Imani Winds: Performance/Demonstration

Formed in 1997, Imani Winds is a classical woodwind ensemble known for their high-energy performances and musical versatility. They focus on representing composers and cultures of diverse musical backgrounds in their repertoire. Get to know them and their unique style as they perform and explore the building blocks of music.

The Human Beatbox Christylez Bacon: The Human Beatbox

Christylez Bacon: The Human Beatbox

Christylez Bacon, Grammy-nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist combines rhyming, storytelling, and interactive call and response choruses with diverse instrumentation to deliver a message of cultural acceptance & unification blending traditional elements of musical styles from jazz to hip-hop.

How to Catch a Star How to Catch a Star

How to Catch a Star

Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children’s book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life in a production created and directed by Jared Mezzocchi. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship, and delightful surprises.

Halloween Spooktacular NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with our ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Age 5+

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