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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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Dupont BrassDupont Brass Performance 

Offers classical and contemporary arrangements performed by promising young musi...
Date Added: 8/4/15

Recently Added Videos

Steven Reineke previews Rajaton: Best of the Beatles

The sensational a cappella sextet returns, and this time they're channeling everyone's favorite London crooners, The Beatles! Sing along with hits from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band & more in an evening that'll bring you back to 1967.
Date Added: 8/4/15

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Artistic Director Tony Small present a tribute concert in which renowned artists give back to the youth who needs us most. The varied performance features presenter Raymond Bokhour, from the cast of Broadway’s Chicago; singer/songwriter/actor/photographer Jussie Smollett, from Fox’s Empire; Gospel a
Date Added: 8/3/15

Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

Under the direction of Joe Bongiovi, the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra (PJO) brings the best high school and college jazz musicians from the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey region. Founded in 2003 by Joe Bongiovi, Rob Reeve, and Yorgo Papadakis, the group’s schedule has grown to include appearance
Date Added: 8/2/15

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

George Washington University Summer Music Institute
George Washington University Summer Music Institute

Students and faculty-artists present an evening of chamber music featuring works...more

Live stream on 8/5/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

<i>Remembrance </i>


In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Great War, Remembrance brings to life t...more

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

30th International Young Artist Piano Competition

30th International Young Artist Piano Competition

First prize winners of the 30th International Young Artist Piano Competition—six...more

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

<i>Essence of Vietnam</i>

Essence of Vietnam

Showcases the colorful cultural diversity of Vietnam through traditional musical...more

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

<i> Miraculous Transformation</i>

Miraculous Transformation

Enjoy a fashion show that features designers Lan Huong, Quang Nhat, Chula, and M...more

Live stream on 8/9/15 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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