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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.

Latest Video

Cry, the Beloved Country!Cry, the Beloved Country! Performance 

Rev. Nolan Williams Jr., artistic director, presents a concert of freedom songs...
Date Added: 2/13/16

Recently Added Videos

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ricky Velez

Recently named one of Variety’s 2015 “10 Comics to Watch,” Ricky Velez is a New-York based stand-up comic and actor who is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Alex Barbag opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program
Date Added: 2/12/16


Listen Local First: The Sweater Set

Listen Local First presents local folkstresses The Sweater Set and Jessica Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons and Letitia VanSant who will perform vintage love songs in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The duo backs up their vocal harmonies with ukulele, clarinet, guitar, and upright bass.
Date Added: 2/11/16


LeeAnet Noble and Team Vicious

The female percussion dance troupe Team Vicious performs exciting, and never-before-seen body music in collaboration with Lauretta Noble, Lionel Daniels, DJ The Josh Craig, recording artist Yahzarah, Kwame Opare (Stomp), Arin Maya, and other guests.
Date Added: 2/10/16


OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist - "A Little Bit More" (excerpt)

A spunky orphan girl on the streets of Rio de Janeiro discovers a new kind of family in this world premiere musical inspired by Charles Dickens's classic novel and featuring original songs with live music.
Date Added: 2/10/16


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

Curtis Institute of Music
Curtis Institute of Music

Conservatory Project: Students from the Curtis Institute of Music perform Schoen...more

Live stream on 2/14/16 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Conservatory Project: Students from the University of Michigan School of Music,...more

Live stream on 2/15/16 at 6:00 PM


Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Conservatory Project: Students from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern U...more

Live stream on 2/16/16 at 6:00 PM


San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Conservatory Project: Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music perf...more

Live stream on 2/17/16 at 6:00 PM


Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland Institute of Music

Conservatory Project: Students from the Cleveland Institute of Music perform Gru...more

Live stream on 2/18/16 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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