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The Eisenhower Theater, traditionally home to many of the Kennedy Center’s theater and dance performances, opened in 2008 after a 16-month, $17.9 million renovation. The theater now seats 1,164 people (up from 1100), making it approximately comparable in size to many Broadway theater houses. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 35 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The gold [fabric is from France] curtain was also replaced during the recent renovations.

Cosmetically, the theater boasts a new color scheme (blue and gold with bronze and stainless steel railings and trim, instead of the previous red and dark wood paneling) and improved décor—the light fixtures, ash wall paneling, and wood-backed seats are all new. Additionally, there is new stage lighting, a new state-of-the-art sound system, and better sound isolation from the Terrace Theater, which is directly above the Eisenhower.

Coming to the Eisenhower Theater :

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IBERIAN SUITE: Festival Opening Performance


IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
Festival Opening Performance

Celebrating the opening night of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, this performance features several festival highlights including extraordinary performances by Portuguese fado and popular music singer Carminho, iconic vocalist Eugenia León from Mexico, exquisite American soprano Harolyn Blackwell, the Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra from Bolivia, experimental American orchestra PostClassical Ensemble, D.C.'s own Coral Cantigas and National Broadway Chorus, Mozambican jazz saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça, pianist Javier Perianes from Spain, Israeli American virtuoso Amit Peled playing on Casals's cello, and Brazil's internationally acclaimed dance company Grupo Corpo. The evening also features brother and sister Ángel Corella and Carmen Corella, renowned classical ballet dancers from Spain, in their only appearance during the festival.

The IBERIAN SUITE festival is grateful to the Library of Congress for its generous contribution of recordings from its permanent Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT).

Performance Timing: 70 minutes, with no intermission.