Three student vocal ensembles present The Many Moods of Ellington. The Mellow Tones, led by pianist and composer Mark Meadows, delights with compelling harmonies and improvisational stylings. The Dukes of Ellington, a young men’s choir (grades 9–12), performs standard literature for men's choirs and is led by Steven M. Allen. Sophisticated Ladies (grades 9–11), led by vocalist Sylvia Twine, offers classical and musical theater selections.
Spirited female vocal ensemble The Mellow Tones, The Sophisticated Ladies choir, and the Ellington Pianists perform an evening of music.
Project1Voice and Howard University—in cooperation with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, African Continuum Theatre Company, and the Kennedy Center—present a staged reading of the play written by playwright Christina Ham and directed by Tony®-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, with original music and arrangements by Kathryn Bostic. The reading commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Stay after the reading for a post-performance discussion. Free tickets for reserved seating will be distributed, 2 per person in line, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Hall of States.
The DC performing arts school presents an evening of soul.
Students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a Kennedy Center District of Columbia Partner School, present an artistic representation of the school's motto--Commitment, Responsibility, Excellence, Empowerment, Dignity (C.R.E.E.D.)--through song, instrumental jazz, and spoken word.
Students perform excerpts from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro as well as arias from When God Made Lonely—an original opera currently being composed by the students at Duke Ellington, based on characters from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Members of Washington National Opera present scenes from their current production of Porgy and Bess.