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Welcome to Explore the Arts Online. Tour our on-demand archives featuring more than 3,000 fascinating events, performances, and educational lectures. Here, you will gain insight on history's greatest classical composers, witness the emotional power of modern dance masters, and more. Journey with the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra as we explore the arts.

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The Oberlin Conservatory of MusicThe Oberlin Conservatory of Music Performance 

Students perform works by Telemann, Kim, Lieberman, Dvorák, Liszt, and a work fo...
Date Added: 4/25/15

Recently Added Videos

Berklee College of Music

The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform both original compositions and works by modern jazz masters. The sextet includes top student composer/performers from Israel, Japan, Korea, Spain, and the United States.
Date Added: 4/24/15


Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester

Students from the Eastman Saxophone Project perform arrangements by Bach, Ravel, Djupstrom, Bryant, and Gorb.
Date Added: 4/23/15


The Juilliard School

Students perform piano trios by Mozart and Ravel.
Date Added: 4/22/15


Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Students perform songs and arias for mezzo-soprano by Strauss, DuParc, & Rossini; and classical works by Lutoslawski, Ravel, Schumann, Strauss, and Liszt.
Date Added: 4/21/15


Watch an Livestream

Have you ever wanted to be in the audience as a virtuoso first puts bow to string or listen to an award-winning director as they answer a question you've always wanted to ask, but can’t make it to the Kennedy Center? Well, Explore the Arts Online is your ticket to engage with the most compelling shows, live discussions, and educational forums that the Kennedy Center has to offer. There's always something new available, so join us every day for entertainment and intellectual enlightenment.

Next Livestream

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ophira Eisenberg
Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ophira Eisenberg

A comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s hit trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another, Op...more

Live stream on 4/26/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”

The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”

The group, part of the arts promotion program carried out by the Polígono Indust...more

Live stream on 4/27/15 at 6:00 PM


Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir & The Luther Jackson Concert Choir

Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir & The Luther Jackson Concert Choir

The talented local high school choirs from Maryland and Virginia present a joint...more

Live stream on 4/28/15 at 6:00 PM


Maris Briežkalns Quintet plays <i>Rothko in Jazz</i>

Maris Briežkalns Quintet plays Rothko in Jazz

The Latvian quintet performs works inspired by the great artwork of Mark Rothko...more

Live stream on 4/29/15 at 6:00 PM


Rebellum—Selections from <i>Brer Rabbit: The Opera ~ A Funky Meditation on Gentrification</i> & Other Fey, Lovely, and Krunk Songs

Rebellum—Selections from Brer Rabbit: The Opera ~ A Funky Meditation on Gentrification & Other Fey, Lovely, and Krunk Songs

Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, performance artist Aisha Cousins an...more

Live stream on 4/30/15 at 6:00 PM


Explore and Interact

Explore these unique interactive environments to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the world of the performing arts. From the modern to the ancient, each interactive site delves deeply into aspects of art, life, and culture.

  • NSO: Meet the Musicians NSO: Meet the Musicians

    Learn more about the National Symphony Orchestra using the new interactive feature above. Click on the options on the top right hand side of the feature to learn more about the individual musicians of the NSO, the different instruments of the orchestra, the NSO administrative staff and governance, and more.

  • Perfect Pitch

    This interactive explores the variety of musical instruments in orchestras from baroque to modern. Players can learn how instruments are made, create their own orchestral arrangements, find out about famous players and composers, and put instruments into their historical context. Guided listening is combined with questions about the history, construction, and use of the instruments. A baseball metaphor and lots of options for exploration and play will keep students coming back to this one!

  • Jazz in Time Jazz in Time

    Developed for middle and high school audiences, this interactive timeline follows the development of this great American art form. Divided by decade, the timeline ...

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