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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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The Washington International Piano FestivalThe Washington International Piano Festival Performance 

The Festival returns to the Kennedy Center for solo and group performances by se...
Date Added: 7/31/15

Recently Added Videos

The El Mansouris

The D.C. band is the creative union of artists Alex Braden (Young Rapids, Bella Russia), Drew Hagelin (Cigarette), Margot MacDonald, Sam Raymond (Rival Skies), Sarah Schaffer (Lies About), and Fiona Kohrman. A finalist in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, the group made its live debut by playing three consec
Date Added: 7/30/15


Creole United

The group was founded by Andre Thierry and Sean Ardoin, and its mission is to further Louisiana’s Creole music tradition by creating new standards that incorporate the old styles. Creole United is a movement and a band that includes Creole artists from all living generations and styles. Part of the
Date Added: 7/29/15


All-American Boys Choir

America’s quintessential professional boys’ chorus makes its Millennium Stage debut. Based in Costa Mesa, California, the chorus is comprised of more than 100 boys ages 8-15 drawn from throughout Southern California.
Date Added: 7/28/15


Target Family Night: Ukuleles for Peace

The group brings its socially conscious message to the Millennium Stage community. The orchestra seeks to drive the wheel of social change by creating long-term opportunities for Jews and Arabs to meet and befriend one another.
Date Added: 7/27/15


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.

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The Washington International Piano Festival
The Washington International Piano Festival

The Festival returns to the Kennedy Center for solo and group performances by...more

Live stream on 8/1/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

Under the direction of Joe Bongiovi, the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra (PJO) bring...more

Live stream on 8/2/15 at 6:00 PM


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Artistic Director Tony Small present a tribute concert in which renowned artists...more

Live stream on 8/3/15 at 6:00 PM


Dupont Brass

Dupont Brass

Offers classical and contemporary arrangements performed by promising young musi...more

Live stream on 8/4/15 at 6:00 PM


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


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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