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The Kennedy Center

National Symphony Orchestra: National Memorial Day Concert

Sun, May 29, 2016, 8:00 PM

The National Symphony Orchestra plays with an all-star lineup in the 27th annual National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol honoring the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country.


Alarm Will Sound Ensemble

IRELAND 100: Alarm Will Sound: The Hunger

Wed, Jun 1, 2016, 7:00 PM

The Hunger is an opera composed by Ireland's famed composer Donnacha Dennehy, performed by the New York–based ensemble Alarm Will Sound, and featuring sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.

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The Gloaming

IRELAND 100: The Gloaming

Sat, Jun 4, 2016, 7:30 PM

The Gloaming is an ensemble comprised of Iarla ÓLionáird (vocals), Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. "Doveman," piano), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger), Martin Hayes (violin/fiddle) & Dennis Cahill (guitar).

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2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala

2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala: How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye

Sun, Jun 5, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center pays tribute to America's immortal Motown hit-maker, the late singer Marvin Gaye, in an evening hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, and featuring Andra Day, Ledisi, Valerie Simpson, Jussie Smollett, and Mary Wilson.

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Jason Moran & Alicia Hall Moran

NSO Pops: Forever Gershwin

Jun 17 - Jun 18, 2016

Celebrate the timeless music of George Gershwin, including selections from his opera Porgy and Bess, with Norm Lewis, Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, José James, Steven Reineke, and Heritage Signature Chorale.

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Chris Thile

American Acoustic: Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Wed, Jun 22, 2016, 7:30 PM

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and guitarist Michael Daves come together for a downtown Manhattan-style romp through the bluegrass music canon.

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Chris Thile

American Acoustic: Chris Thile, Gabriel Kahane, Julian Lage, & Merrill Garbus

Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 7:30 PM

Chris Thile brings together an eclectic, diverse group of musicians--singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane, jazz/folk guitarist Julian Lage, and vocalist and leader of the band Tune-Yards, Merrill Garbus--for a program of musical surprises.

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American Strings: A Tradition of Innovation, with Chris Thile

American Acoustic: Evening Jam Session

Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 9:30 PM

Join mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and a group of American Acoustic festival performers for a jam session of bluegrass, folk, and more.


American Strings: A Tradition of Innovation, with Chris Thile

American Acoustic: Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer, and I'm With Her

Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 8:00 PM

This blockbuster show features an all-star lineup of some of Chris Thile's closest musical friends and frequent collaborators: Punch Brothers, banjoist Béla Fleck and bassist/composer Edgar Meyer, and Americana acoustic trio I'm With Her.

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American Strings: A Tradition of Innovation, with Chris Thile

American Acoustic: Family Show with Chris Thile

Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 12:00 PM

In a matinee show in the Family Theater geared toward young people, Chris Thile plays a solo set full of traditional and original music while also answering questions from the audience.

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Chris Thile

American Acoustic: How to Play with Others

Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 4:00 PM

Chris Thile and his Punch Brothers bandmates lead a free workshop on instrumental collaboration.


American Strings: A Tradition of Innovation, with Chris Thile

American Acoustic: How to Sing with Others

Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 6:00 PM

Singer-songwriters Aoife O'Donovan and Sarah Jarosz join Chris Thile for a free open master class and workshop on vocal and string performance.


Gregory Alan Isakov

NSO Pops: Gregory Alan Isakov

Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 8:00 PM

Born in South Africa, and calling Colorado home, singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.

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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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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.


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.


The Kennedy Center

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.


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

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


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


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


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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