Mason Bates's KC Jukebox
Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
Hailed as "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the Grammy®-winning a cappella ensemble seeks to penetrate hidden places of the heart with vocal selections ranging from the ancient Song of Songs to a world premiere by host Mason Bates set to poetry by Walt Whitman.
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.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 7:30 PM
The intersection of music and imagery will be explored in this multimedia performance, from the beautiful textures of Timo Andres's response to pen-and-ink abstractions to Anna Clyne's industrial response to a film about the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge. A featured work by Marcos Balter pairs startling musical sonorities with Italian design imagery of the 1970s, and the evening also includes Jacob Cooper's moody Ripple the Sky, a piece inspired by the mental illness of Robert Schumann.
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.
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.
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.
New Artistic Initiatives are funded in honor of Linda and Kenneth Pollin.