Family/Children


Holly Hamilton, Kari Paludan, Ruth Schaaf

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes... Now Open Your Ears!

Sun, Dec 11

In this brand new animal-inspired show you'll learn just how powerful your ears can be, especially when there's great music around! Join NSO violinist Holly Hamilton, NSO violist Ruth Schaaf, and soprano Kari Paludan as they present an earful of satisfying sounds. Age 3+

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2017

In 1936, a boy goes looking for his father guided by a band flyer. Jazz master Terence Blanchard composes the music in this world premiere commission for actors and a jazz ensemble adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's award-winning book. Age 9+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Catch the Vibe

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Catch the Vibe

Jan 28 - Jan 29, 2017

NSO tuba player Stephen Dumaine and NSO percussionist Eric Shin team up to show you how lively the tuba can be! Along the way, you'll meet some relatives of the tuba from around the world, and you might even get to see Stephen play while riding his bicycle! Age 3+

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The Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center Family Day: Lunar New Year Celebration

Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 10:30 AM

FREE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED! Bring your entire family to a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment for all ages. Learn the arts of paper cutting, Beijing-style applique, calligraphy, sugar and bottle painting, "bristle dolls," and Chinese makeup. Play dress up and snap pictures at our Chinese costume trunk. Enjoy performances by Beijing acrobats and Chinese musicians. And much more!


Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

NSO Family Concert: Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 2:00 PM

When the world-renowned violinist played anonymously in DC's subway, his experience inspired an acclaimed children's book. Now this world premiere concert brings together sensational music, an engaging narrator, and colorful imagery from the story! Age 5+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Follow That Fiddle

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Follow That Fiddle

Sat, Feb 18

In this home-run performance, NSO musician Glenn Donnellan will introduce you to the Electric Slugger™, an electric violin that he custom made from a baseball bat. You'll have a ball as he plays a wide range of musical styles on this and a variety of violins from around the world. Age 3+

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From the Mouths of Monsters

From the Mouths of Monsters

Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2017

Loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this contemporary, highly theatrical world premiere commission features two actors who riff on the classic monster tale in unexpected ways, with surprising relevance to today's audiences. Age 12+

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Grug and the Rainbow

Grug and the Rainbow

Mar 18 - Mar 19, 2017

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, this brand-new show from Australia's Windmill Theatre features exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world. Age 2+

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To Sail Around the Sun

To Sail Around the Sun

Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2017

Set to the timeless music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this imaginative world premiere co-commission between the NSO and Company | E uses dance, film, storytelling, and musicians to weave together stories about the changing of the seasons. Age 4+

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Nearly Lear

Nearly Lear

May 12 - May 14, 2017

What if King Lear was told by his closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool--and every other character--to tell a very personal and poignant story borrowing from Shakespeare's words. Age 9+

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Titus

Titus

May 20 - May 21, 2017

Young Titus is in a situation that seems hopeless… he can either give up or fight. This exciting and challenging journey examines the obstacles faced by young people in our modern world and how we learn to find courage within ourselves as we confront those obstacles. Age 13+

 

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Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

May 20 - May 28, 2017

Don't miss a one-man show from Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken-word artists. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and more come to life when a boy tries to make sense of his father's disappearance. Age 8+

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NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

Sun, May 21

When a wolf escapes from the nearby zoo, young Peter goes on an epic adventure to save his friends. Using a fusion of theater, animation, Foley effects, and the live music of Prokofiev's score, this classic tale becomes an immersive, inclusive, and brand new experience. Age 5+

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peh/LO/tah

Hip Hop Culture: /peh-LO-tah/

Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores soccer by layering poetry, movement, visuals, and music into a fresh theatrical form based on Hip Hop aesthetics. This world premiere co-commission features verbally and physically energetic performances.

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