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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 PreludeNSO Prelude Performance 

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play chamber works by Poulenc and Sch...
Date Added: 5/2/15

Recently Added Videos

H2O in Concert

The Paraguayan ensemble performs with instruments made from recycled materials related to water—such as bottles, hoses, pipes, faucets, and funnels—in this unique show promoting environmental awareness.
Date Added: 5/1/15


Alvin Ailey at Duke Ellington School of Arts

Members of Alvin Ailey in discussion at Duke Ellington School of the Arts as part of Kennedy Center educational outreach.
Date Added: 5/1/15


Washington National Opera - 2015-2016 Season Preview

Francesca Zambello presents the 2015-2016 Washington National Opera season.
Date Added: 5/1/15


IBERIAN SUITE: Festival Highlights

IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix was a major festival during March that highlighted the many cultures of the Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking peoples. The festival, curated by Alicia Adams, Vice President of International Programming and Dance, included dozens of performances by some of the world's
Date Added: 5/1/15


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

Target Family Night: CaribeNostrum
Target Family Night: CaribeNostrum

The Cuban quintet, formed by musicians of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, pre...more

Live stream on 5/3/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

Duke Ellington Jazz Presents <i>Reignite: Fanning The Flames</i>

Duke Ellington Jazz Presents Reignite: Fanning The Flames

The Jazz Orchestra and The Mellow Tones, two student groups, present Reignite: F...more

Live stream on 5/4/15 at 6:00 PM


Dr. Mira Yang and the Asian American Music Society

Dr. Mira Yang and the Asian American Music Society

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with the group’s program entitle...more

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


D.C. Youth Orchestra

D.C. Youth Orchestra

The orchestra has fostered musical development and changed lives of more than 50...more

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


School Without Walls Stage Band and Senior High School Concert Choir

Students share the stage for an evening of instrumental and vocal performances....more

Live stream on 5/7/15 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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