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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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Marko HatlakMarko Hatlak Performance 

The Slovenian accordionist explores the versatility of his instrument in a solo...
Date Added: 5/23/15

Recently Added Videos

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14–25, are recognized, and the four winners—Sophie Graf (harp), Alex Lee (viola), Jordan Lulloff (saxophone), and Amar Moturu (percussion)—get to attend the VSA International Young Soloists Professional Development Weekend and perform on the Millen
Date Added: 5/22/15

M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield Nationals Park - Rossini's Cinderella

The WNO's eighth season of free live opera simulcasts at the ballpark featured family friendly opera, Gioachino Rossini's Cinderella on May 16, 2015.
Date Added: 5/22/15

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Reggie Melbrough

Reggie Melbrough is a standout stand-up comedian based in Washington, DC. Named one of the four comics to watch by The Washington Post and one of the best local standup comics in the city by CBS DC, Reggie’s dynamic and snarky take on the world as he knows it is taking him places.
Date Added: 5/21/15

Washington National Opera 2015–2016 Season Preview

Members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other special guests perform songs to preview the upcoming season.
Date Added: 5/20/15

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

Bud's Collective
Bud's Collective

The up-and-coming bluegrass band from UVA was a favorite at this year’s Kingman...more

Live stream on 5/24/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

The Greek Chamber Music Project

The Greek Chamber Music Project

The group performs classical music by Greek composers, both little-known and pop...more

Live stream on 5/25/15 at 6:00 PM

Youth Tap Showcase

Youth Tap Showcase

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, SOLE Rhythms, and House of Tap come together fo...more

Live stream on 5/26/15 at 6:00 PM

Ensemble Harmonia: <i>Exploring Slovakia’s Folkloric Traditions!</i>

Ensemble Harmonia: Exploring Slovakia’s Folkloric Traditions!

Discover the rich culture of Slovakia through music, dance, costumes, and more....more

Live stream on 5/27/15 at 6:00 PM

Zulal and Ara Dinkjian

Zulal and Ara Dinkjian

The vocal trio and famed oud player join forces to present a celebration of Arme...more

Live stream on 5/28/15 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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