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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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Youth Tap ShowcaseYouth Tap Showcase Performance 

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, SOLE Rhythms, and House of Tap come together fo...
Date Added: 5/26/15

Recently Added Videos

The Greek Chamber Music Project

The group performs classical music by Greek composers, both little-known and popular, as well as Western classical works. Part of the Third Annual European Month of Culture. Presented in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassy of Greece.
Date Added: 5/25/15


Bud's Collective

The up-and-coming bluegrass band from UVA was a favorite at this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. Presented by Listen Local First DC.
Date Added: 5/24/15


Marko Hatlak

The Slovenian accordionist explores the versatility of his instrument in a solo concert featuring baroque, contemporary, and folk music. He infuses each performance with witty storytelling and spices up some of the pieces with singing. Part of the Third Annual European Month of Culture. Presented in
Date Added: 5/23/15


VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14–25, are recognized, and the four winners—Sophie Graf (harp), Alex Lee (viola), Jordan Lulloff (saxophone), and Amar Moturu (percussion)—get to attend the VSA International Young Soloists Professional Development Weekend and perform on the Millen
Date Added: 5/22/15


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

Ensemble Harmonia: <i>Exploring Slovakia’s Folkloric Traditions!</i>
Ensemble Harmonia: Exploring Slovakia’s Folkloric Traditions!

Discover the rich culture of Slovakia through music, dance, costumes, and more....more

Live stream on 5/27/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

Zulal and Ara Dinkjian

Zulal and Ara Dinkjian

The vocal trio and famed oud player join forces to present a celebration of Arme...more

Live stream on 5/28/15 at 6:00 PM


Robert Priore and Trent D. Williams Jr.

Robert Priore and Trent D. Williams Jr.

Dancer and choreographer Priore and performer Williams Jr. present an eveni...more

Live stream on 5/29/15 at 6:00 PM


NSO Prelude

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play chamber works by Loeillet, Moszkowski, and Sarasate....more

Live stream on 5/30/15 at 6:00 PM


Janelle Gill: <i>Exploring Strayhorn!</i>

Janelle Gill: Exploring Strayhorn!

The pianist brings her newest project, a musical homage to jazz pianist, compose...more

Live stream on 5/31/15 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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