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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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El Trio de la Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho and Tradiciones CarumeñasEl Trio de la Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho and Tradiciones Carumeñas Performance 

The two groups preserve and promote the music and culture from the Ayacucho and...
Date Added: 7/2/15

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The ensemble formed by the Ballumbrosio family from El Carmen in Peru presents an evening of Afro-Peruvian music and dance that pays homage to the culture, music, and people of the northern, central, and south-central coast of Peru. Part of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Date Added: 7/1/15

Marinera Viva!!!

The group showcases a different way of living, feeling, and dancing the Marinera—the national dance of Peru that has become a symbol of what it means to be Peruvian. Part of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Family Theater lobby startin
Date Added: 6/30/15

Australian Children's Choir & Los Angeles Children's Chorus

A youth choral showcase. Presented in collaboration with Classical Movements.
Date Added: 6/29/15

Tapiola Chamber Choir

The prominent Finnish choir is known for adventurous programming and diverse repertoire, ranging from major classical choral works to contemporary a cappella renditions.
Date Added: 6/28/15

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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Los Wembler’s de Iquitos
Los Wembler’s de Iquitos

The family-based musical group is recognized across Peru as innovators of the st...more

Live stream on 7/3/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All-Star Band

Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All-Star Band

The ensemble makes its Millennium Stage debut in a program of familiar jazz stan...more

Live stream on 7/4/15 at 6:00 PM

Akua Allrich Album Release Show

Akua Allrich Album Release Show

Celebrating the release of her third album, Soul Singer, the soul-stirring jazz...more

Live stream on 7/5/15 at 6:00 PM

Hip-Hop Theater Festival: <i>Balon the Oomph That Keeps You There </i>

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

Uses theater, spoken word, music, and movement to journey through Washington, D....more

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

NSO Summer Music Institute

NSO Summer Music Institute

Concerto Competition finalists from the NSO Summer Music Institute perform solos...more

Live stream on 7/7/15 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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