The Kennedy Center


Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera

Friday, October 6, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017

Events for Young Audiences

Take a musical voyage to outer space in this interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and percussionist Yuriana Sobrino. Age 3+

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Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera
A world premiere Kennedy Center and VSA co-commission
Featuring Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, and Yuriana Sobrino

All aboard the Night Train! Enter the freewheeling musical world of Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and percussionist Yuriana Sobrino for an interactive folk opera that takes audiences on a far-out ride to the galaxies and back. During a joyous dusk-to-dawn trip through the stars, passengers on Night Train 57 will discover the power of friendship and community with the sounds of 21st-century handmade sing-along music. This world-premiere adventure welcomes travelers of all ages and sensory levels.

Festive original folk songs played on guitar, trombone, mandolin, flute, harmonica, ukulele, percussion—and, of course, voices!—power the train, as homespun sets and video projection create an unforgettable intergalactic atmosphere. Visit psychedelic stars, navigate the challenges of whimsical space travel, and celebrate communal music-making while singing, laughing, and dancing towards a deeper sense of life’s best possibilities. NPR raves: Dan Zanes is “the gold standard in kids’ music.” Board the Night Train and find out why! 

Most enjoyed by age 3 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

This is a sensory-friendly performance.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Stay after the 1:30 p.m. performance on Oct. 7 for a free Kids’ Chat!
Following the performance, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

All aboard! If you’re coming to see Night Train 57, make a stop at Activation Station!
On Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, there will be free pre- and post-show activities from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Roof Terrace Level that tie into the themes explored in Night Train 57. Visual art, dance, and music activities will begin an hour before show time and extend an hour after the show ends. Come early or stay late to enjoy activities that families can do together.


Watch and Listen

Night Train 57 Sneak Peek

Night Train 57 - Welcome from Dan and Claudia