Open House Arts Festival and Multicultural Children's Book Festival
This year's Open House Arts Festival, part of the Kennedy Center's Celebrate Mexico 2010, features artists from the Washington, D.C. region and Mexico in more than 20 performances, demonstrations, and events.
- Sat., Sep. 11, 2010, 12:00 PM
- Throughout the Center
- All Day
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Open House Arts Festival
Saturday, September 11, 2010
FREE! Some events may require free tickets.
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It's a new season of Performing Arts for Everyone! This year's Open House Arts Festival is part of the Kennedy Center's Celebrate Mexico 2010, a three-week-long commemoration of Mexico's 200 years of independence and 100 years since the 1910 revolution. Open House features artists from the Washington, D.C. region and Mexico in more than 20 performances, demonstrations, and events. Returning this year to the Open House Arts Festival is the 15th Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival. Here's just a glimpse of what's in store!
One of Mexico's most famous "divas," Eugenia León's recording career is prolific, including 24 solo records spanning three decades. With a repertoire that pairs contemporary composers with traditional music of Latin America and Mexico, she regularly packs top venues in Mexico, fulfilling her fans' expectations of quality songs, passionately delivered.
El Gran Silencio
Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, rock band El Gran Silencio blends a variety of rock, reggae, dancehall, and dub influences with traditional Latin American musical forms such as cumbia, vallenato, and banda.
Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad Veracruzana
One of the most renowned folk dance companies in Mexico, Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad Veracruzana expresses the traditions of its people through music, singing and dance.
Nominated "Best Latin Duo/Group 2009" by the Washington Area Music Association, Nayas mixes rhythms of cumbia, reggae, rock, and ska and never fails to bring down the house. With songs in English, Spanish, and Spanglish, the band members hail from Peru, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and the U.S.
A klezmer quartet based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sherele features musicians from France, Mexico, and Argentina. Founder Nathalie Braux (clarinet), Sibila Knobel (guitar), Luis Eduardo Arreola (bass), and Diego Escobar (drums & percussion) blend jazz, Central and South American Folklore, and rock influences into the Klezmer tradition.
Eugenio Toussaint with the
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director
Mexico City's world-renowned composer and jazz and classical pianist Eugenio Toussaint joins forces with the NSO and conductor Enrique Diemecke to perform Toussaint's Concerto for Improvised Piano and Orchestra.
The Macari-Sotelo Ensemble brings together strings, percussion, and accordion in a unique way, with authentic experimentation and creativity with sound.
El Rincón de la Marimba
El Rincón de la Marimba (The Marimba Corner) is a musical project that incorporates students from all around the State of Oaxaca, Mexico in regional groups in order to teach them the traditional sounds of the marimba.
Northern Virginia's premier power-trio for children--Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie--Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) hops from genre to genre like a toad on summer asphalt, from Tin Pan Alley to the shores of Jamaica. The group won 2010 Wammie Awards™ for Best Children's Artist and Fan's Favorite.
Richard Smallwood presents a Tribute to Pastor Walter Hawkins
One of Gospel music's most dynamic and popular artists, Grammy, Stellar, and Dove Award winner Richard Smallwood performs with his group Vision. Presented in recognition of Gospel Music Heritage Month in cooperation with Verity Gospel Music Group.
Washington Chalk Festival
Founded by local illustrator and author Edwin Fontánez, this popular and interactive event decorates the main plaza in front of the Kennedy Center. Take up a piece of chalk and create your own masterpiece!
NSO Instrument "Petting Zoo"
The hands-on musical fun for children of all ages is a festival favorite and a project of the Women's Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency
Young students ages 8–18 from the Kennedy Center's Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) Residency program present a demonstration and performance.
15th Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival
On the Kennedy Center Roof Level
Returning to the Open House Arts Festival! Bring the entire family to meet your favorite authors, listen to book readings, and more. Parents, children, teachers, and anyone else with a love of children's books can celebrate diverse cultures with renowned authors and illustrators, including Alma Flor Ada (¡Pío Peep!), Joseph Bruchac (Skeleton Man), R. Gregory Christie (Jazz Baby), Shane Evans (Olu's Dream), Jacqueline Woodson (Locomotion), and Laurence Yep (Dragonwings). Hundreds of titles, which present stories from African, African American, Arab, Arab American, Asian, Asian American, Latin American, Latino, and Native American peoples, will be available for purchase.
Major support for the Open House Arts Festival and Celebrate Mexico 2010 is made possible by Capital One Bank, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, CEMEX, and Volkswagen Group of America.
Additional support is provided in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kennedy Center Washington Committee on the Arts.
The National Symphony Orchestra Open House performance is funded in part by the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Additional support for the Multicultural Children's Book Festival is provided by BET Networks.
Celebrate Mexico 2010 is presented in association with the National Council for the Arts and Culture (Conaculta, Mexico), the Embassy of Mexico, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fiesta D.C., and the Mexican Cultural Institute.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.