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An Evening with Ledisi

NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi

Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 8:00 PM

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 "amazing vocal gift" (Rolling Stone).

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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.


NSO Pops: Common

Wed, Mar 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

Award-winning Chicago rapper Common joins the NSO Pops and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke for a one-night-only concert of music from his latest album, Black America Again, as well as some of his biggest hits.

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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.

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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

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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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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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 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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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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The Kennedy Center

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 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.

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