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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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NSO Summer Music InstituteNSO Summer Music Institute Performance 

Concerto Competition finalists from the NSO Summer Music Institute perform solos...
Date Added: 7/7/15

Recently Added Videos

Hip-Hop Theater Festival: Ballon the Oomph That Keeps You There

Uses theater, spoken word, music, and movement to journey through Washington, D.C’s changing neighborhoods and historic communities’ ventures. Through this multidisciplinary exploration, we discover the effects of gentrification and what it takes to survive it. Part of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.
Date Added: 7/6/15

Steven Reineke previews Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

The NSO Pops plays a host of Americana hits, then welcomes critically acclaimed musician and beloved comedian Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers for a night of bluegrass tunes that'll have you singing and laughing all the way home.
Date Added: 7/6/15

Steven Reineke previews Home Alone: 25th Anniversary Film with Live Orchestra

Spend Thanksgiving weekend with one ingenious little boy, two bumbling burglars, and more laughs than you can count! Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this feel-good holiday film on the big screen with John Williams's score played live.
Date Added: 7/6/15

The Story of "The Ring": The Valkyrie

In the Ring's second chapter, the offspring of Wotan, king of the gods, boldly test his will. Siegmund finds himself attracted to his sister Sieglinde, while Brünnhilde is torn between obeying orders and preventing Siegmund's demise.
Date Added: 7/6/15

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


Intersects addiction, religion, and the law in a government-sponsored drug reh...more

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

Upcoming Livestreams

<i>Beat Sessions: J Dilla</i>

Beat Sessions: J Dilla

Is a panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James...more

Live stream on 7/9/15 at 6:00 PM

The S&R Foundation Washington Award Alumni Performance

The S&R Foundation Washington Award Alumni Performance

 Cellist Tim Park and pianist Tanya Gabrielian play solo pieces by J.S. Bac...more

Live stream on 7/10/15 at 6:00 PM

Washington National Opera Institute

Washington National Opera Institute

Participants in the WNO Opera Institute collaborate for a musical evening featur...more

Live stream on 7/11/15 at 6:00 PM

NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

 The NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra performs Strauss’s Don Juan and S...more

Live stream on 7/12/15 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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