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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

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

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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American Revolution American Revolution, Produced by Theater Unspeakable from Chicago, IL

American Revolution, Produced by Theater Unspeakable from Chicago, IL

Chicago’s award-winning Theater Unspeakable returns to take on the challenge, telling a big story on an impossibly tiny stage! Using only 7 actors and their bodies, the show recreates the entire American fight for independence in 50 minutes. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, American Revolution displays the company’s signature imaginative physical theater.

Anastasia Anastasia

Anastasia

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award®–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (also the acclaimed composer/lyricist team for the Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer), and direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Ballet West: The Nutcracker Ballet West: The Nutcracker

Ballet West: The Nutcracker

No company holds a more storied relationship with The Nutcracker than Ballet West, which has kept the ballet in its repertoire since performing the first complete American version more than 70 years ago. Now, Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. Featuring grand sets and fantastical costumes alongside Tchaikovsky’s cherished score, this Nutcracker is a glittering, larger-than-life adventure.

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+

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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