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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Wed, Jun 29, 2016, 8:00 PM

Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have won the hearts of music lovers across the globe at their exhilarating live performances showcasing Rodrigo's fiery lead lines and Gabriela's rhythmic battery.

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DreamWorks Animation in Concert

NSO at Wolf Trap: Justin Freer, conductor / DreamWorks Animation in Concert

Thu, Jun 30, 2016, 8:30 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.


America the Beautiful

NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / America the Beautiful

Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 8:15 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.


The Kennedy Center

A Capitol Fourth 2016

Mon, Jul 4, 2016, 8:00 PM


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NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Raiders of the Lost Ark

Sat, Jul 9, 2016, 8:30 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.


House of Cards in Concert

NSO Pops: House of Cards in Concert

Thu, Jul 14, 2016, 8:00 PM

House of Cards in Concert receives its world premiere performance by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeff Beal, who writes the score for the hit Netflix show. Beal moderates a panel with actors and creators from the show following the concert.

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LeAnn Rimes

NSO Pops: LeAnn Rimes

Mon, Jul 18, 2016, 8:00 PM

An internationally acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter, LeAnn Rimes appears with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, in a program of her biggest hits.

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The Beach Boys

NSO Pops: The Beach Boys

Tue, Jul 19, 2016, 8:00 PM

You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they've had and how many millions of albums they've sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you're assessing the impact of The Beach Boys.

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Pink Martini

NSO at Wolf Trap: Steven Reineke, conductor / Pink Martini

Sun, Jul 24, 2016, 8:15 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.


Star Trek Into Darkness

NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Star Trek Into Darkness

Sat, Jul 30, 2016, 8:30 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.


Seth MacFarlane

NSO at Wolf Trap: Steven Reineke, conductor / Seth MacFarlane

Sat, Aug 6, 2016, 8:15 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.


Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Tue, Sep 13, 2016, 8:00 PM

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Amos Lee makes his Kennedy Center debut as part of his North American headline tour.

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The Second City Guide to the Symphony

NSO Pops: The Second City Guide to the Symphony starring Colin Mochrie

Sep 15 - Sep 17, 2016

The NSO joins renowned comedy troupe The Second City and Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie for original comedy, new music, and works by Mozart and more in this satirical look at the symphony's repertoire, composers, and even its audience!

On Sale 8/1/2016


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

NSO Pops: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Film with Live Music

Nov 25 - Nov 26, 2016

Thanksgiving weekend, Steven Spielberg's touching sci-fi film returns with all of the adventure and wonder that made it a classic. Experience the tale as never before on a big screen with John Williams's soaring score performed live.

On Sale 9/14/2016


Megan Hilty

Renée Fleming VOICES: An Evening 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 following sold-out concerts in 2012 and 2014, she returns to the Kennedy Center to perform an intimate evening of music.


Laura Benanti and Santino Fontana

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

Dec 9 - Dec 10, 2016

Warm your spirit and sing along with fresh takes on holiday classics led by Steven Reineke, as Tony winner Laura Benanti, Frozen's Santino Fontana, and The Washington Chorus join in the joy. Jolly Ol' Saint Nick may even pay a visit!

On Sale 9/14/2016


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.

On Sale 11/14/2016


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).

On Sale 11/14/2016


Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover

NSO Pops: Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company

Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2017

For Ella Fitzgerald's 100th, acclaimed singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover come together to celebrate the legendary music of the First Lady of Song, plus favorites made famous by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.

On Sale 11/14/2016


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 named "one of the most fun people in show business" by Time Magazine. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut in this special concert event.

On Sale 11/14/2016


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.

On Sale 1/16/2017


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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.

On Sale 1/16/2017

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