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DC College Access Program presents: A Night of DC-CAPITAL STARS: The Music of Prince

Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 7:00 PM

The 2017 DC-CAPITAL STARS performance features the top ten finalists from the DC-CAPITAL STARS Talent Competition, held among DC's public and public charter high school students. Winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience.

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Billy Childs

Renée Fleming VOICES: Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro featuring Alicia Olatuja and Becca Stevens

Fri, Mar 31

Composer and pianist Billy Childs presents from his exquisite album interpreting the works of late songwriter and singer Laura Nyro. The album was recorded in conjunction with Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, both Kennedy Center Artistic Advisors. 

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Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Tribute to a Folk Legend

Sat, Apr 15, 2017, 8:00 PM

In collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum, the Kennedy Center pays tribute to the late iconic American folk singer-songwriter Pete Seeger with a special performance.

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Zakir Hussain

DECLASSIFIED: featuring Zakir Hussain with the National Symphony Orchestra

Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 9:00 PM

Classical tabla virtuoso and international phenomenon Hussain performs his new concerto Peshkar with the NSO and is joined by santoor player Rahul Sharma for a unique world music duet.

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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 Sings Ella Fitzgerald with special guest Nicholas Payton

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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KC Spring Gala

2017 Kennedy Center Spring Gala: Come Together: A Celebration of John Lennon

Mon, May 8, 2017, 8:15 PM

The Kennedy Center 2017 Spring Gala pays tribute to musical icon John Lennon as artists influenced by his work come together under the direction of T Bone Burnett to perform the Lennon songbook.

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David Lynch Foundation Presents: A Night of Laughter & Song

Mon, Jun 5, 2017, 8:00 PM

A star-studded lineup of celebrities and artists, including Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Jay Leno, and Margaret Cho, will perform in support of veterans and at-risk youth.

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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. Journey through the storied catalogue of music composed by the most Oscar-nominated man alive, including an all-Star Wars second half celebrating the 40th anniversary of the franchise.

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Vivaldi Music Academy presents: Student and Faculty Recital

Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 7:30 PM

Vivaldi Music Academy's faculty and students offer a recital showcasing all levels of musicianship.


National Symphony Orchestra: DECLASSIFIED: Fridays at 9: Ben Folds plays his piano concerto

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents with the National Symphony Orchestra

Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 9:00 PM

The Kennedy Center favorite curates and hosts a special evening of exquisite and inspired music featuring exciting guest artists to be announced.

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NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone™ (film with orchestra)

Jul 7 - Jul 8, 2017

This concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™. Tickets for this performance go on sale March 18 and are available through Wolf Trap only.


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NSO at Wolf Trap: Steven Reineke, conductor / Grace Potter

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 8:15 PM

UPDATE as of 3/17: Grace Potter has had to cancel her appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Further details can be found below.


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NSO at Wolf Trap: Kelly Corcoran, conductor / The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 8:30 PM

Experience the legendary video games with live music and clips. Tickets for this performance go on sale March 18 and are available through Wolf Trap only.


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NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / La La Land (film with orchestra)

Fri, Aug 4, 2017, 8:30 PM

2016's vibrant musical love story with a live soundtrack. Tickets for this performance go on sale March 18 and are available through Wolf Trap only.


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NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Jurassic Park™ (film with orchestra)

Sat, Aug 5, 2017, 8:30 PM

Spielberg's super-sized classic with John Williams's score played live. Tickets for this performance go on sale March 18 and are available through Wolf Trap only.


NSO Opening Nite

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert

Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 6:00 PM

Gianandrea Noseda leads cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo in a tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein that includes the composer's Overture to Candide, "Three Meditations" from Mass, "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story, and a selection of vocal works.


Christian McBride and Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Renée Fleming & Christian McBride

Fri, Oct 13

Fleming pairs her radiant vocals with the iconic jazz sounds of four-time Grammy Award–winning bassist Christian McBride.


Leslie Odom Jr.

Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Sat, Oct 14, 2017, 8:00 PM

Following his acclaimed performance at the 2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, Leslie Odom Jr. returns to showcase the remarkable talent that also won him that year's Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for his performance as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton.


Japanese Connections

Japanese Connections: featuring Kazunori Kumagai and Yumi Kurosawa

Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 7:30 PM

Tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa join forces to pay tribute to the connection forged between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original opening of the Terrace Theater.


Cynthia Erivo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Cynthia Erivo

Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017

The British actress known for her inspiring Tony-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple showcases her powerhouse voice for two remarkable evenings.


Barbara Hannigan

Renée Fleming VOICES: Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 7:30 PM

Barbara Hannigan is a Canadian soprano and conductor, and one of the world's leading performers of contemporary opera. She is joined for a fantastic evening of music by prolific and respected Dutch conductor, pianist, and composer Reinbert de Leeuw.


Jukebox: Mouse on Mars

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mouse on Mars

Wed, Nov 15, 2017, 7:30 PM

Renowned German electronica duo Mouse on Mars brings its visionary sound to the Kennedy Center in a visceral event combining live electronica and acoustic instruments. Widely acknowledged as the heirs to Kraftwerk, Mouse on Mars makes a rare D.C. appearance.


Angelique Kidjo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Angélique Kidjo

Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 8:00 PM

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Awardwinning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva."


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NSO Pops: West Side Story in Concert

Feb 14 - Feb 17, 2018

NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads three concert performances of Bernstein's cherished musical take on Romeo & Juliet. Soloists will be announced in the coming months.


Jukebox: California Mystics

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: California Mystics

Sun, Mar 11, 2018, 7:30 PM

A journey in ambience, rhythm, and texture featuring composers from California's past and present. Using Bedouin-inspired tenting and pillows, the Atrium will be transformed into an immersive and inviting environment to explore works by Lou Harrison, Steve Reich, Nathaniel Stookey, and Mason Bates.


Julia Wolfe/Anthracite Fields

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street & Julian Wachner, conductor

Tue, Mar 13, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and conductor Julian Wachner present the multimedia D.C. premiere of Anthracite Fields--reprising their Grammy-nominated account of American composer Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio, in which historic photo-montages help recall Pennsylvania's coal-mining past.


The Colorado/Roomful of Teeth

The Colorado: A Documentary Film & Live Music Experience

Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 7:30 PM

The D.C. premiere of this groundbreaking music-driven eco-documentary from filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu features the score performed live by Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and others, with narration by Academy Award winner Sir Mark Rylance.


Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

After a successful sold-out engagement in 2016, Mason Bates's signature event, Mercury Soul, returns to Washington for another custom blend of live electronica, classical music, DJing, and visual art, creating a cutting-edge, immersive dance club within the Kennedy Center.


Ute Lemper

Renée Fleming VOICES: Ute Lemper's Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

The German singer and actress renowned for her interpretations of the work of Kurt Weill performs a collection of songs that journey through Europe and Argentina, featuring the Vogler Quartet.


Jukebox: JFK Jukebox

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: JFK Jukebox

Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

In celebration of President Kennedy, KC Jukebox presents a program of music informed by the Civil Rights movement, from a haunting string quartet by Carlos Simon--Elegy: A Cry From the Grave, dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power--to a special performance by David T. Little's band, Newspeak. The evening's featured piece is The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos by recently rediscovered visionary Julius Eastman.


Gregory Porter

NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Wed, Jun 27, 2018, 8:00 PM

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter returns for an exciting evening of jazz.

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