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Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017

From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist!

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Gobsmacked!

Nov 24 - Nov 26, 2017

Direct from sell-out engagements all around the world comes this amazing a cappella show--an all-singing, all-beatboxing, all-awesome theatrical experience!

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NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert
 

Nov 24 - Nov 26, 2017

Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams’s unforgettable score live to picture. Age 5+
Please Note: Some seat locations do not provide good sightlines for children's viewing. These locations are not available online. Please visit the Box Office or call Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600 for further information before purchasing tickets.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2017

With her trademark flair, 2017 Artist of the Year Yuja Wang is set to effortlessly conquer the acrobatic melodies of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5. She joins New Music Director Gianandrea Noseda as he leads a thematic program rich in nostalgia and triumph featuring three composers' work written during their time away from their homelands.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Angélique Kidjo

Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 8:00 PM

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Award®winning 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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The Second City's Twist Your Dickens

Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017

Experience Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol like never before—with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Cantus

Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

This "intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) eight-member men's vocal ensemble is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances. Join the group for an exciting Christmas program.

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The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances

Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2017

This season we celebrate the culmination of our own ballet company, led by the beloved muse of choreographer George Balanchine. Throughout her career as a dancer, Suzanne Farrell created and redefined many of the great roles of the Balanchine canon. The farewell program is a pageant of favorites, all handpicked for their special meaning to Ms. Farrell.

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In the Beginning Dance Party: Holiday Jam and Silent Disco 

Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 7:00 PM

Join the Kennedy Center for this holiday jam and silent disco edition featuring iconic DJs. Free, no tickets required!


NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! featuring Megan Hilty

Dec 8 - Dec 9, 2017

Dash through the snow to our merrily adorned Concert Hall and warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along carols in this annual NSO tradition, joined this year by Tony®-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty.

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NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Sat, Dec 9

Celebrate the season with a stylish twist on your favorite holiday classics. The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the annual holiday tradition featuring four celebrated jazz pianists performing their favorite seasonal music.

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MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 6:00 PM


This year marks the 44th anniversary of MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!, founded by Harvey Phillips, in which hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around Washington, D.C., play traditional Christmas music.


An American in Paris

Dec 12 - Jan 7, 2018

Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."

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National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel's cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.

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Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children's Chorus.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2017

Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Age 3+

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NSO Pops: Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 8:00 PM

Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration is a 25th anniversary concert celebration of the acclaimed album that reinterpreted Handel’s oratorio Messiah

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Messiah Sing-Along

Sat, Dec 23, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Kennedy Center's free Messiah Sing-Along, a family and community tradition since 1971, returns to the Concert Hall on Saturday evening, December 23, at 6 p.m. Ticket distribution begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Nations.


The Illusionists

Dec 27 - Jan 7, 2018

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sell-out shows in 2015! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.

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A Jazz New Year's Eve: Dee Dee Bridgewater's Memphis

Sun, Dec 31

Ring in the New Year in style with a lively jazz performance by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater as she presents from her album Memphis.

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On Your Feet!

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet! takes you inside their real-life story, with some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century. 

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The Humans

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

Stephen Karam’s uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. As darkness falls and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.

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