An American Playlist: Three Evenings Celebrating the Performing Arts

Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Millennium Stage presents free evenings of spoken word, dance, and music featuring John Mayer, Smokey Robinson, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Black Thought and ?uestlove of The Roots, Evidence, A Dance Company/Ronald K. Brown, and others.

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Celebrating the culmination of the Kennedy Center's Arts in Crisis 50-State Tour, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents An American Playlist, three evenings of spoken word, dance, and music. 

Updated 7/10: All free tickets for these three events were distributed at the ticket giveaway on Sat., July 10. No more tickets are available at this time.
Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative, a response to the emergency facing arts organizations throughout the United States, provides free and confidential planning assistance in areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy. 
An Evening of Music and Verse
Sunday, July 18, 2010, Concert Hall, 6 p.m.
A Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event
Young poets and MCs from across the country join forces with D.C. go-go favorites Mambo Sauce and Grammy Award–winning recording artists Black Thought and ?uestlove of The Roots. The performance is directed by Universes' Steven Sapp and the Hip Hop Theater Festival's Kamilah Forbes, and produced in partnership with Clyde Valentin of the Hip Hop Theater Festival.
An Evening of Dance and Jazz
Monday, July 19, 2010, Eisenhower Theater, 6 p.m.
Hosted by Grammy-winning saxophonist and producer Branford Marsalis, who will also perform, members of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet perform Balanchine's Ragtime pas de deux and "Contrapuntal Blues" pas de deux from Clarinade, Evidence, A Dance Company/Ronald K. Brown performs selections to jazz music, and D.C.'s tap dancing phenomenon the Manzari Brothers present an electrifying performance.
An Evening of Classical Works and Popular Song
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Concert Hall, 6 p.m.
Acclaimed opera singer and D.C. native Harolyn Blackwell, Grammy winner and 2006 Kennedy Center Honoree Smokey Robinson, Grammy winner John Mayer, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis join the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff and Sarah Hicks in a program of classical works and popular song. 
Patrons who were unable to obtain tickets may view the performances on screens in the Grand Foyer. Access to the Grand Foyer seating and standing viewing areas for the Millennium Stage will be on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.
The performances on July 18 and 19 will be streamed live on the Kennedy Center Website:

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