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Storm Large

National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2016

Sun, Sep 4, 2016, 8:00 PM

Steven Reineke leads the NSO's annual free Labor Day weekend concert, featuring singer Storm Large and her band Le Bonheur in a program of patriotic favorites alongside American Songbook standards.


Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Tue, Sep 13, 2016, 8:00 PM

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Amos Lee makes his Kennedy Center debut with music from his new album, Spirit, 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!

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The Kennedy Center

The 17th Chinese Culture Festival Symphony Concert

Sun, Oct 2, 2016, 7:30 PM

Beijing No. 101 High School's Golden Sail Orchestra and the Howard County High Schools Gifted and Talented Orchestra jointly present a concert of Chinese and Western Music orchestral favorites.

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Cirque de la Symphonie

NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie: Halloween Extravaganza

Oct 13 - Oct 16, 2016

They're back by popular demand! Spooky fun abounds as Cirque de la Symphonie wows with sensational acrobatics and powerful music in a new Halloween-themed spectacular. Bring the whole family for this breathtaking and lively high-flying display.

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¡Viva Cesar, Viva Kennedy!

¡Viva Cesar, Viva Kennedy! featuring Eugenia León and La Marisoul y La Santa Cecilia

Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 8:00 PM

The intersection of the work and ideals of Cesar Chavez and John F. Kennedy in the fight for civil rights and social justice are explored in this evening of spoken word, theater, music, visual projections of historic photographs, and panel discussion.

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Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton Raw: An Acoustic Tour

Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Grammy-winning guitarist--one of the most celebrated artists in rock ‘n' roll history--makes his Kennedy Center headlining debut with stripped-down versions of his classic hits. Special ticket packages available.

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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: 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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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


The Kennedy Center

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.

On Sale 8/29/2016


The Kennedy Center

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents A Family Christmas: For the Young and Young at Heart

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. 

On Sale 9/1/2016



The Kennedy Center

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.

On Sale 9/1/2016


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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The Kennedy Center

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

Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Beijing Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muhai Tang presents a rousing program combining Chinese orchestral works plus a special orchestration of Mahler's "Song of the Earth" to include traditional Chinese instruments.

On Sale 11/14/2016


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


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.

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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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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 named "one of the most fun people in show business" by Time Magazine. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series in this special 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.

On Sale 1/16/2017


Raiders of the Lost Ark movie still

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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