In recognition of the first visit to Washington by Pope Francis, the Kennedy Center and the Archdiocese of Washington will present a free ticketed concert on Wednesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. The concert features Metropolitan Opera luminary Denyce Graves, acclaimed actress Eva Longoria, and ten-year-old jazz prodigy José André Montaño. The program celebrates the Pope’s themes of youth, tolerance, understanding, and love of the environment. Although Pope Francis will not attend, the concert is part of the official events of His Holiness’s visit to Washington. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of the concert, up to two (2) per person in line at the entrance to the Hall of Nations. Seating availability is limited.
The Kennedy Center hosts more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies Sep. 5-7 in a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals. This three-day event gives audiences a look at new works being prepared for Washington premieres in the 2015–2016 theater season.
This fall, as part of the citywide Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the Kennedy Center presents a full-scale production of Darius & Twig adapted by playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings; two readings of works by Lisa Loomer and Naomi Iizuka; Millennium Stage performances of works by Andrea Assaf and Caroline Clay; original showcases by female members of the Welders and FRESHH Inc.; and a panel discussion with an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter about the inclusion of all women’s voices.
Kennedy Center News is now available to read online! The September-October issue features Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, Juliette Binoche in Antigone, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, plus performances of contemporary dance, jazz, family theater, and more.
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