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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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Akua Allrich Album Release Show Akua Allrich Album Release Show Performance 

Celebrating the release of her third album, Soul Singer, the soul-stirring jazz...
Date Added: 7/5/15

Recently Added Videos

Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All-Star Band

The ensemble makes its Millennium Stage debut in a program of familiar jazz standards. The band offers 32 select Monterey County high school students with the opportunity to study and perform a much more advanced level of music than what might be presented in their respective school music programs.
Date Added: 7/4/15

Los Wembler’s de Iquitos

The family-based musical group is recognized across Peru as innovators of the style known as cumbia amazónica. They came together in the late 1960s, creating a unique sound loosely inspired by Colombian cumbias. Part of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Date Added: 7/3/15

El Trio de la Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho and Tradiciones Carumeñas

The two groups preserve and promote the music and culture from the Ayacucho and Tixani Valley regions of Peru, respectively. The trio is part of a community ensemble, which includes guitars, mandolins, charangos, violins, quenas, and occasionally harps, bandurrias, and lutes. Part of the 2015 Smiths
Date Added: 7/2/15


The ensemble formed by the Ballumbrosio family from El Carmen in Peru presents an evening of Afro-Peruvian music and dance that pays homage to the culture, music, and people of the northern, central, and south-central coast of Peru. Part of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Date Added: 7/1/15

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

Hip-Hop Theater Festival: <i>Balon the Oomph That Keeps You There </i>
Hip-Hop Theater Festival: Balon the Oomph That Keeps You There

Uses theater, spoken word, music, and movement to journey through Washington, D....more

Live stream on 7/6/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

NSO Summer Music Institute

NSO Summer Music Institute

Concerto Competition finalists from the NSO Summer Music Institute perform solos...more

Live stream on 7/7/15 at 6:00 PM


Intersects addiction, religion, and the law in a government-sponsored drug reh...more

Live stream on 7/8/15 at 6:00 PM

Beat Sessions: J Dilla

Is a panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James...more

Live stream on 7/9/15 at 6:00 PM

The S&R Foundation Washington Award Alumni Performance

 Cellist Tim Park and pianist Tanya Gabrielian play solo pieces by J.S. Bac...more

Live stream on 7/10/15 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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