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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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Very Be Careful (VBC)Very Be Careful (VBC) Performance 

Straight from Los Angeles, the group performs Colombian vallenato music—a tradit...
Date Added: 3/30/15

Recently Added Videos

2015 Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park!

Celebrate the eighth season of free live opera simulcasts at the ballpark by joining WNO for the family friendly opera, Gioachino Rossini's Cinderella on Saturday, May 16 at 7 pm.
Date Added: 3/30/15


Target Family Night: Midwest Young Artists Voices Rising

Hailing from Chicago, the 60 talented singers ages 10–17 come from widely diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and perform a wide variety of repertoire celebrating America, its cultural diversity, and the joy that comes from every child finding their voice so they can sing their own song. Part of Music
Date Added: 3/29/15


Samuel Prather and Groove Orchestra

The D.C.-based collective of musicians and vocalists breaks down barriers of jazz, funk, Latin, Brazilian, Afrobeat, R&B, soul, hip-hop, and modern gospel in a way that respects their traditions without being confined by them.
Date Added: 3/28/15


Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Mike Lawrence

The New York City–based comedian has been featured as a stand-up on TBS's Conan and Comedy Central’s John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show and The Half Hour. Opening set by DC area native Jason Saenz. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be
Date Added: 3/27/15


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

Senri Oe
Senri Oe

The Japanese pop star and actor turned New York City–based jazz pianist makes hi...more

Live stream on 3/31/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i>

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competit...more

Live stream on 4/1/15 at 6:00 PM


<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i>

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competit...more

Live stream on 4/2/15 at 6:00 PM


<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i>

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competit...more

Live stream on 4/3/15 at 6:00 PM


Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

In Trombonists of the Kennedy Center, eight highly skilled players from the KCOH...more

Live stream on 4/4/15 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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