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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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East River Jazz presents Billy Strayhorn's Birthday Celebration: The Lovejoy GroupEast River Jazz presents Billy Strayhorn's Birthday Celebration: The Lovejoy Group Performance 

The Lovejoy Group presents The Giant that Lived in the Shadows, honoring Billy S...
Date Added: 11/27/15

Recently Added Videos

Thanksgiving Day Swing: Jive Aces with Gottaswing

Dance off that turkey at a 1940s-themed Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program featuring dancing and music by Jive Aces. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. with Hollywood-Style Lindy icon Jean Veloz, followed by a free, evening-long
Date Added: 11/26/15

Charm City Junction

The Baltimore-based Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they'll go next. The band is comprised of four of the most talented and promising acoustic roots musicians in the country—Patrick McAvinue (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals)
Date Added: 11/25/15

Sofya Melikyan

Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan is recognized as an artist with a unique voice and enthusiastic zeal for her work. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, she performs compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan, Alexander Arutunian, and Arno Babad
Date Added: 11/24/15

Xuejuan Dance Ensemble

Xuejuan Dance Ensemble performs on the Millennium Stage. Formed in 2009, its mission is to bring together dancers and dance enthusiasts of different ages, backgrounds, and dance experiences, with a common interest in Chinese folk and classical dance. As a group, ensemble members study classical and
Date Added: 11/23/15

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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.

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Listen Local First: The Harry Bells
Listen Local First: The Harry Bells

Listen Local First DC presents The Harry Bells, a horn-and-percussion-driven tri...more

Live stream on 11/28/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra: Harold Lloyd

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra: Harold Lloyd

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra presents a night of ragtime orchestra accom...more

Live stream on 11/29/15 at 6:00 PM

James A. Johnson Young Artist Series presents In Song: Celebrating Youth Voices

James A. Johnson Young Artist Series presents In Song: Celebrating Youth Voices

Continuing the tradition of celebrating the best in emerging talent, Millennium...more

Live stream on 11/30/15 at 6:00 PM

Asian American Music Society's 2015 Competion Winners' Holiday Concert

Winners of the Asian American Music Society’s 13th International Competition for...more

Live stream on 12/1/15 at 6:00 PM

Rock Creek Singers

The Rock Creek Singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington sing classical repe...more

Live stream on 12/2/15 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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