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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, the dynamic and fiercely eclectic Grammy winner performs an intimate evening of genre-bending song and dance.

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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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Joshua Bell and Gourmet Symphony

The National Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Bell, curated by Gourmet Symphony

Wed, Feb 8, 2017, 7:00 PM

Enjoy dinner from celebrity chef Mike Isabella and music from star violinist Joshua Bell in one incredible event! Bell and Isabella join the NSO and the innovators of Gourmet Symphony to pair classical masterworks with creative cuisine and custom cocktails for an unforgettable--and decadent--evening. Please note: This event takes place Offsite at the Ronald Reagan Building. See details below.

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Patti LaBelle

NSO Pops: Valentine's Day with Patti LaBelle

Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 8:00 PM

This Valentine's Day, treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable date in this one-night-only concert of love songs from soulful diva Patti LaBelle and the NSO Pops!

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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.

Postponed: 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.


The Kennedy Center

Music Celebrations International presents: John Philip Sousa Band Festival

Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 2:00 PM

This festive concert is a FREE event, with tickets available from the Presenter only. Please see below for further details.


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

With a career spanning more than two decades and 44 million albums sold, award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes appears with the NSO Pops for a concert of her biggest hits.

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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 featuring an appearance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington.

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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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