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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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Beijing Opera, Acrobats and Chinese Traditional Music by Henan Arts TroupeBeijing Opera, Acrobats and Chinese Traditional Music by Henan Arts Troupe Performance 

This performance features Beijing Opera, an art form combining singing, speaking...
Date Added: 2/8/16

Recently Added Videos

Shenzhen Lily Girls’ Choir

Regarded as a cultural calling card of the city of Shenzhen, China, the high school girls choir conducted by Hu Manxue performs a program of children’s choral music.
Date Added: 2/7/16


Target Family Night: Revelations Workshop with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Target Family Night: Learn choreography from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s most iconic work, Revelations. Master Teacher for Arts in Education and former dancer with the Alvin Ailey company, Nasha Thomas, teaches excerpts from the sections “I've Been 'Buked,” “Wade in the Water,” and “Rocka M
Date Added: 2/6/16


Shenzhen Pop Music Show

This concert features the band Jam You from Shenzhen City; female singers Tsinger from Inner Mongolia and Majia Jiado from Yunnan Province; male singer Ray M from Shaanxi; and the rappers Too Phat from Guizhou Province.
Date Added: 2/5/16


Jamie McLean Band

The Brooklyn-based Jamie McLean Band presents its electric mix of original rock, blues, country, and soul music. The trio has toured with the likes of Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Tedeschi/Trucks Band, and Blues Traveler. The band features Brian Griffin (drums and vocals), Ben Mars (bass and v
Date Added: 2/4/16


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

Washington National Opera: <i>Lost in the Stars</i> Preview
Washington National Opera: Lost in the Stars Preview

WNO Preview: Members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist...more

Live stream on 2/9/16 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

LeeAnet Noble and Team Vicious

LeeAnet Noble and Team Vicious

The female percussion dance troupe Team Vicious performs exciting, and never-bef...more

Live stream on 2/10/16 at 6:00 PM


Listen Local First: The Sweater Set

Listen Local First: The Sweater Set

Listen Local First presents local folkstresses The Sweater Set and Jessica Eliot...more

Live stream on 2/11/16 at 6:00 PM


Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ricky Velez

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ricky Velez

Recently named one of Variety’s 2015 “10 Comics to Watch,” Ricky Velez is a New-...more

Live stream on 2/12/16 at 6:00 PM


Cry, the Beloved Country!

Rev. Nolan Williams Jr., artistic director, presents a concert of freedom songs...more

Live stream on 2/13/16 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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