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Alfred Street Baptist Church presents: Because This Child Was Born: A Christmas Celebration

Tue, Dec 6, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Music and Worship Arts Ministry of Alexandria's historic Alfred Street Baptist Church presents a joyful Christmas celebration program of music, dance, and drama.

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Getty Music Touring presents: Keith & Kristyn Getty: Irish Christmas - A Celebration of Carols

Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:30 PM

Ireland's own Keith and Kristyn Getty return to the Kennedy Center as part of their 5th annual tour of Irish Christmas--A Celebration of Carols.

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Megan Hilty

Renée Fleming VOICES: A Merry Little Christmas with Megan Hilty

Dec 8 - Dec 9, 2016

From Wicked, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and 9 to 5 on Broadway to NBC's Smash, America has fallen in love with the multi-talented Megan Hilty. Back by popular demand, she returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series to perform an intimate holiday show.

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NSO Salutes the Military: NSO Pops Concert: Home for the Holidays

Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 7:00 PM

The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the National Symphony Orchestra are proud to present a free concert in honor of all service members and their families during the holiday season.


Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! featuring Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana

Dec 9 - Dec 10, 2016

Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and singalong carols in this NSO Pops tradition--this year featuring The Washington Chorus alongside Broadway stars Laura Osnes (Grease) and Santino Fontana (Disney's Frozen).

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The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas

The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas

Dec 11 - Dec 22, 2016

With the splendor of brass, organ, percussion, and the 200-voice Washington Chorus, this beloved holiday event features Christmas classics, sing-alongs, and the glorious candlelight processional.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents A Family Christmas

Sat, Dec 17, 2016, 1:00 PM

The young and the young at heart will revel in the joy of the season as holiday favorites ring throughout the Concert Hall. 

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Hedgehog World Entertainment presents Eamonn McCrystal & Chloë Agnew in Concert

Sat, Dec 17, 2016, 7:30 PM

Emmy Award-winning Irish tenor Eamonn McCrystal and your favorite Celtic woman, Chloë Agnew, join forces on an exclusive North American tour. VIP package available.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents A Choral Arts Christmas

Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2016

The Choral Arts Society celebrates the joys of the season in a delightful program of popular holiday standards and seasonal Christmas classics.

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yasiin bey with Special Guests

yasiin bey with Special Guests

Dec 31 - Jan 2, 2017

The Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center present the final U.S. performances of one of Hip Hop's most influential artists, yasiin bey, with special guests each night.

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2017 New Year's Eve Grand Foyer Party

2017 New Year's Eve Grand Foyer Party

Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 10:00 PM

Bid farewell to 2016 in style with a night of music, dancing, and celebration, leading up to a midnight countdown and big balloon drop!


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring! featuring Gladys Knight

Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present the Grammy Award winning "Empress of Soul," Gladys Knight, and the Let Freedom Ring Choir in a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Shen Yun in January 2017

Shen Yun Performing Arts 2017: Experience a Divine Culture: presented by Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C.

Jan 17 - Jan 22, 2017

Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company originating from America, invites you to experience a grand performance of Chinese arts and culture from the Middle Kingdom.

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Rinde Eckert

Renée Fleming VOICES: Rinde Eckert

Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 7:00 PM

As part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series, multi-talented and Grammy-winning writer, librettist, composer, musician, performer, and director Rinde Eckert offers an intimate concert in the Family Theater.

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Muhai Tang

Lunar New Year at the Kennedy Center: Beijing Symphony Orchestra / Muhai Tang, conductor

Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center's Lunar New Year Celebration--for 2017, ringing in the Year of the Rooster--culminates with one of China's most internationally acclaimed orchestras. This fascinating program features Chinese orchestral works plus a special orchestration of Mahler's Song of the Earth to include traditional Chinese instruments.

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Patti LaBelle

NSO Pops: Valentine's Day with Patti LaBelle

Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 8:00 PM

Spend Valentine's Day night with legendary singer Patti LaBelle and the NSO Pops. Just announced!

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Snarky Puppy

NSO Pops: Snarky Puppy

Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of sophisticated composition, harmony, and improvisation, fusion-influenced jam band Snarky Puppy makes its Kennedy Center debut with the NSO Pops, Jules Buckley conducting, performing music from their 2015 Grammy-winning Best Contemporary Instrumental album Sylva.

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An Evening with Ledisi

NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi

Feb 24 - Feb 25, 2017

American R&B, neo-soul, and jazz recording artist and nine-time Grammy nominee Ledisi joins the NSO Pops for two inspired evenings spotlighting her unique sound and "strident, soulful voice" (The New York Times).

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Leslie Odom Jr.

Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 PM

Leslie Odom Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series for a grand concert showcasing the remarkable talent that won him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the smash-hit Hamilton.


Billy Childs

Renée Fleming VOICES: Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 8:00 PM

As part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series, composer and pianist Billy Childs presents his exquisite interpretation of songwriter Laura Nyro's beloved works.

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LeAnn Rimes

NSO Pops: LeAnn Rimes

Fri, Apr 28, 2017, 8:00 PM

Patron Update on 7/8: This performance has been rescheduled from the earlier date of July 18, 2016. Please see further details below.

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Alan Cumming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 8:00 PM

With his acclaimed performances in Cabaret, CBS's The Good Wife, and scores of other diverse credits, Alan Cumming has been hailed as "a formidable all-around entertainer" by the New York Times. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series in this powerful concert event.

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Jane Monheit

Renée Fleming VOICES: Jane Monheit with special guest Nicholas Payton: The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration

Fri, May 5

Vocalist Jane Monheit returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series with a contemporary take on Ella Fitzgerald's songbook, joined by special guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton and others.

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Indigo Girls

NSO Pops: Indigo Girls

May 5 - May 6, 2017

The Grammy-winning duo behind hits like "Closer to Fine" and "Galileo" brings its signature sonic blend of folk and rock to the NSO Pops for an outstanding program of fan favorites from across their groundbreaking career.

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NSO Pops: The Music of John Williams

Jun 22 - Jun 24, 2017

From a faraway galaxy to the magical Hogwarts, John Williams's scores have transported moviegoers for decades. In celebration of Williams's 85th year, the NSO journeys through the storied catalogue of music composed by the most Oscar-nominated man alive.

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