Season Highlights

Yearlong Celebration Marking Centennial of John F. Kennedy’s Birth

  • Three New Artistic Partners to Lead Center-wide Artistic and Community Initiatives
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and Q-Tip

  • Hip Hop Added to Center's Core Programming
  • Washington National Opera's Champion and Dead Man Walking
  • The Public Theater's trilogy The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
  • Plus an Array of Tony Award®–winning Musicals and Plays and Five International Works
  • National Symphony Orchestra: Maestro Eschenbach's Final Season + Slava at 90
  • Ballet Across America
  • And More Than 2,000 Performances of Theater, Dance, and Music of All Kinds

John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration

La Santa Cecilia

¡QUE VIVA CESAR!: Celebrating the legacy of Civil Rights activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez

Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 8:00 PM

The intersection of the work and ideals of Chavez and John F. Kennedy in the fight for civil rights and social justice are explored in this evening of spoken word, theater, music, visual projections of historic photographs, and panel discussion.

All the Way Live!

All the Way Live!

Oct 15 - Oct 16, 2016

In this interactive world premiere co-commission with B-Fly Entertainment, Hip Hop performers collaborate on the spot to "remix" everything from folk tales to classical art. History is revived with rockin' beats, rhythms, and rhymes! Age 5+

Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective

The Crossroads Club: Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective: Breathless

Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 8:00 PM

Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and film score composer Terence Blanchard, who continues to push the boundaries of sound, purpose, and reach for the art form, performs with his contemporary electronic quintet.

Words Beats & Life

Hip Hop Culture: Words, Beats, & Life Teach-In: Remixing the Art of Social Change

Nov 3 - Nov 5, 2016

Presented by the D.C. Hip Hop nonprofit Words, Beats & Life, this event is designed to outline the tools and resources necessary to promote social change and develop curriculum, programs, and work (artistic and scholarly) based on Hip Hop Culture.

Terence Blanchard

Bud, Not Buddy

Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2017

In 1936, a boy goes looking for his father guided by a band flyer. Jazz master Terence Blanchard composes the music and plays with an ensemble in this world premiere commission adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's award-winning book. Age 9+

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: New Hour-Long Opera: The Dictator's Wife

Jan 13 - Jan 15, 2017

In the world premiere of this bitingly satirical work, the wife of a once-powerful dictator bemoans how she must now answer for the atrocities committed by her husband, who cowers in the bathroom as the country falls apart.

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas

Sat, Jan 14, 2017

The world premiere of three short operas--this year focusing on themes and values related to the Kennedy Center's centennial celebration of John F. Kennedy--will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by members of the WNO Orchestra.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring!

Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 6:00 PM

In its annual musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present the Let Freedom Ring Choir with a featured guest artist.

Gianandrea Noseda

National Symphony Orchestra: Portraits of America / Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Jan 19 - Jan 22, 2017

The NSO's next Music Director joins "insightful [and] energetic" (The New York Times) pianist Jon Kimura Parker for a celebration of America's musical landscape featuring works by Gershwin, Bernstein, John Williams, and more.

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb 7 - Feb 12, 2017

The much-loved company returns for its annual engagement! Its program includes both cherished favorites and newly debuted works. The Huffington Post proclaims it "a rich source of creativity and exacting expertise [that] never runs dry."

Joshua Bell

National Symphony Orchestra: An Evening with Joshua Bell

Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 8:00 PM

Joshua Bell, "the greatest American violinist active today" (The Boston Herald), plays and conducts in this program exploring both music and movement, culminating in a performance of Lalo's Symphonie espagnole accompanied by live dance.

Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

NSO Family Concert: Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 2:00 PM

When the world-renowned violinist played anonymously in DC's subway, his experience inspired an acclaimed children's book. Now this world premiere concert brings together sensational music, an engaging narrator, and colorful imagery from the story! Age 5+

Dead Man Walking

Washington National Opera: Dead Man Walking

Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2017

Jake Heggie's instant modern classic--about a death row inmate convicted for murder and the kindhearted nun who takes on his final appeal--becomes a searing emotional journey powered by an unforgettable score infused with American popular styles.

Washington National Opera: Champion

Washington National Opera: Champion

Mar 4 - Mar 18, 2017

The real-life story of Emile Griffith--the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s led to unexpected tragedy--comes roaring to the stage in Terence Blanchard's haunting and visually stunning "opera in jazz."

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Apr 7 - Apr 8, 2017

The celebrated, all-female company known for vivid performances and intelligent dance pieces performs a new work that explores the legacy of jazz musician John Coltrane, visualizing his life's work through dance and eye-catching multimedia components.

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger Tribute Concert

Sat, Apr 15, 2017, 8:00 PM

In collaboration with the Grammy Museum, the Kennedy Center pays tribute to the late iconic American folk singer-songwriter Pete Seeger with a special performance.

Ballet Across America

Ballet Across America--curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck

Apr 17 - Apr 23, 2017

Our celebration of innovation and diversity in American ballet returns, this season curated by stars Justin Peck and Misty Copeland, who'll explore ideas central to the John F. Kennedy centennial with several companies across multiple programs.

Abbey Lincoln

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival: Abbey Lincoln Tribute

Thu, May 4, 2017, 8:00 PM

Under the musical direction of Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, iconic jazz vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater headlines a celebration of the life and legacy of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010).

Meshell Ndegeocello

The Crossroads Club: Meshell Ndegeocello: Pour Une Âme Souveraine, A Dedication to Nina Simone

Sat, May 13, 2017, 8:00 PM

Vocalist and bassist Meshell Ngdegeocello returns to the Kennedy Center with a tribute performance to singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone (1933-2003).

DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky: Rebirth of a Nation

Tue, May 23, 2017, 8:00 PM

DJ Spooky's reimagining of the infamously racist 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation, examines how "…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms."

Yo-Yo Ma

National Symphony Orchestra: John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma

Wed, May 24, 2017, 8:00 PM

World-renowned cellist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma joins the NSO for a concert celebration of John F. Kennedy's monumental legacy.

Kennedy Center Open House

Kennedy Center Open House

May 27 - May 29, 2017

In celebration of John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday, the Kennedy Center opens its doors wider than ever with a free, transcultural festival showcasing street arts culture, Hip Hop, and skateboard culture, as well as classical and contemporary arts.

peh/LO/tah

Hip Hop Culture: /peh-LO-tah/

Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores soccer by layering poetry, movement, visuals, and music into a fresh theatrical form based on Hip Hop aesthetics. This world premiere co-commission features verbally and physically energetic performances.

Ballet & Contemporary Dance

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon: The Blues Project

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in The Blues Project

Oct 5 - Oct 6, 2016

MacArthur "Genius Grant"-winning tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance's company is joined by renowned musician Toshi Reagon for an exciting Kennedy Center premiere. The Blues Project promises to be both a musical and visual treat.

DEMO: Heroes

DEMO: Heroes

Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 8:00 PM

The former NYCB Principal Dancer brings together artists to pay tribute to their artistic inspirations, including Broadway and NYCB star Robert Fairchild, acclaimed ballerina Carla Körbes, singer/songwriter Kate Davis, tap dance powerhouse Jared Grimes, and Memphis jookin' dance pioneer Lil Buck.

Danish Dance Theatre: Black Diamond

Danish Dance Theatre: Black Diamond

Oct 18 - Oct 19, 2016

After its sold-out appearance in the 2013 Nordic Cool festival, one of Europe's leading dance companies returns with Black Diamond, a dramatic work with striking scenography and lighting to enhance the full-bodied, athletic choreography.

Ballet

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: All-Balanchine Program

Oct 21 - Oct 23, 2016

The Kennedy Center's own ballet company celebrates its 15th season with a program of three Balanchine classics: the company premieres of the rarely seen Gounod Symphony and the patriotic Stars & Stripes, and the return of the audience favorite Danses Concertantes.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet: Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella

Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2016

The world-renowned company performs Christopher Wheeldon's visually imaginative production inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales--featuring Prokofiev's dramatic music, ingenious puppetry, and spectacular sets and costumes.

STREB: Extreme Action

STREB Extreme Action: Forces

Nov 4 - Nov 5, 2016

This thrilling and death-defying company has "a daring… performance style that borrows from dance, extreme sports, and Hollywood-style stunt work" (The New York Times). Forces is a gripping work that speaks to the "action hero" in all of us.

Cincinnati Ballet Nutcracker

Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016

Our annual presentation of this holiday favorite brings the D.C. premiere of a bright and colorful production featuring elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and entrancing choreography from Artistic Director Victoria Morgan.

ABT

American Ballet Theatre: Kevin McKenzie's Swan Lake

Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2017

ABT marks its annual engagement with this lavish, romantic tale of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score and featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Petipa and Ivanov.

Mariinsky Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet: Alexei Ratmansky's The Little Humpbacked Horse

Jan 31 - Feb 5, 2017

For its annual engagement, the legendary Mariinsky brings Alexei Ratmansky's charming contemporary take on the classic Russian fairy tale in a D.C. premiere showcasing plenty of personality, humor, and creativity with a score by Rodion Shchedrin.

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb 7 - Feb 12, 2017

The much-loved company returns for its annual engagement! Its program includes both cherished favorites and newly debuted works. The Huffington Post proclaims it "a rich source of creativity and exacting expertise [that] never runs dry."

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Mar 21 - Mar 22, 2017

The sensational and hilarious all-male dance troupe performs in drag and on pointe. Dance enthusiasts and casual audiences alike will be amazed and entertained by the technical skill and uproarious antics of the Trocks.

Hamburg Ballet

Hamburg Ballet: John Neumeier's The Little Mermaid

Mar 28 - Apr 2, 2017

Returning for the first time in 13 years, the company performs the D.C. premiere of John Neumeier's adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable. Geared toward adults, this stunning production is a darker meditation on love, loss, and alienation.

DEMO: Song Dance

DEMO: Song & Dance

Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 8:00 PM

Dubbed the "Matchmaker" by the New York Times, Damien Woetzel has recently garnered acclaim for creating unusual combinations of music, dance, and theater. He brings together skilled artists to explore music and dance in this unique event.

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Apr 7 - Apr 8, 2017

The celebrated, all-female company known for vivid performances and intelligent dance pieces performs a new work that explores the legacy of jazz musician John Coltrane, visualizing his life's work through dance and eye-catching multimedia components.

Ballet Across America

Ballet Across America--curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck

Apr 17 - Apr 23, 2017

Our celebration of innovation and diversity in American ballet returns, this season curated by stars Justin Peck and Misty Copeland, who'll explore ideas central to the John F. Kennedy centennial with several companies across multiple programs.

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet: Two Programs of Contemporary Works & Balanchine Classics

Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2017

The acclaimed company's annual visit brings two programs featuring works by today's hottest choreographers--Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky--along with George Balanchine's Square Dance, Tarantella, and The Four Temperaments.

Comedy

The Second City Guide to the Symphony

NSO Pops: The Second City Guide to the Symphony starring Colin Mochrie

Sep 15 - Sep 17, 2016

The NSO joins renowned comedy troupe The Second City and Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie for original comedy, new music, and works by Mozart and more in this satirical look at the symphony's repertoire, composers, and even its audience!

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

Fri, Oct 7, 2016, 8:00 PM

The South African comedian and host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show takes his comedic talents to D.C. for one night only.

Unelectable You

Slate + The Second City present Unelectable You

Oct 14 - Oct 15, 2016

Who even knows what makes a presidential candidate electable anymore? Join Slate and the Second City as they try to figure it out, in an evening of comedy, insight, and topical musings.

Igudesman & Joo

Igudesman & Joo: And Now Mozart

Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 8:00 PM

Collaborating to create a concert they would want to attend, violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo bring their hilarious mix of music, pop culture, and pure zaniness to The Kennedy Center for one night only!

Kevin Nealon

Kevin Nealon

Fri, Nov 11, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Saturday Night Live alum and film and television regular (Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Anger Management, Weeds) brings his unique brand of humor to the Kennedy Center.

Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla: Not Taco Bell Material

Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 8:00 PM

One night only! Comedian, New York Times best-selling author, and The Adam Carolla Show podcast host brings his signature standup talents to the Eisenhower stage.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Joyce DiDonato

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Joyce DiDonato with Brentano String Quartet

Wed, Oct 5, 2016, 7:30 PM

Hailed for her "glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace, and remarkable talent" (New York Times), Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the Yale School of Music's magnificent Quartet-In-Residence.

Harlem String Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Harlem String Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán

Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 7:30 PM

The acclaimed Harlem String Quartet combines its "fresh, bracing, and intelligent" work (The Cincinnati Enquirer) with the Fortas debut of "formidable virtuoso" Aldo Lopez-Gavilan (The Times of London), a renowned Cuban pianist and composer.

Takacs Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Takács Quartet

Wed, Nov 9, 2016, 7:30 PM

The quartet's sound "is like a fine wine: warm, rich, and light, and improving with age" (Washington Post). Following its memorable full Bartók cycle in 2014, the foursome returns with selections from Beethoven's string quartet cycle.

ATOS trio

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: ATOS Trio

Mon, Nov 21, 2016, 7:30 PM

The distinguished Berlin-based threesome returns to play selections from its "Czech Album." Says the Washington Post: "Atos has risen steadily through the ranks to become one of the elite piano trios before the public today."

KLR Trio

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:30 PM

Our beloved Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence commemorates 40 seasons since its official debut at President Carter's inauguration with a selection of favorites and a Fortas co-commissioned D.C. premiere from Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Dover Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dover Quartet

Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 7:30 PM

"The young American string quartet of the moment" (New Yorker) follows its triumphant 2014 Kennedy Center debut with more soaring music, including a new work specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Weilierstein Bathman, McGill

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Alisa Weilerstein, Inon Barnatan and Anthony McGill

Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 7:30 PM

This exciting trio includes MacArthur Fellowship–winning cellist Alisa Weilerstein and two top New York Philharmonic talents: pianist and Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan, and Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill.

Pamela Frank

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Pamela Frank and Friends

Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Avery Fisher Prize–winning violinist, lauded for her "big, rich sound" (Philadelphia Inquirer), joins esteemed musicians for a rare quintet combination: Arnaud Sussman (violin), Dmitri Murrath (viola), Peter Wiley (cello), and one more TBA!

Venice Baroque

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Venice Baroque Chamber Ensemble

Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 7:30 PM

Nearly a dozen musicians from the Venice Baroque Orchestra, "one of the world's most adventurous and dramatic period-instrument ensembles" (NPR), perform thrilling Italian concertos by Vivaldi, Corelli, and more in enthralling authentic Baroque style.

Aizuri Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Aizuri Quartet

Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 7:30 PM

The all-female Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music has garnered acclaim for its explosive combination of depth, refinement, and vigor. Its Kennedy Center debut includes classics and a new work by Grammy-winning composer Caroline Shaw.

Elena Urisote

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Elena Urioste and Michael Brown

Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 7:30 PM

Recipient of a Sphinx Medal of Excellence, violinist Elena Urioste's last Fortas engagement was a "virtually flawless performance" (Washington Post). She returns with Avery Fisher Career Grant winner pianist Michael Brown, another star on the rise.

Mauricio Pollini

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Maurizio Pollini in Recital

Tue, May 16, 2017, 7:30 PM

Grammy-winning classical pianist Maurizio Pollini rounds out our exciting Fortas season. The extraordinary Italian virtuoso is hailed as "one of the most satisfying, illuminating, and all-around impressive pianists of any generation" (LA Times).

Hip Hop Culture

All the Way Live!

All the Way Live!

Oct 15 - Oct 16, 2016

In this interactive world premiere co-commission with B-Fly Entertainment, Hip Hop performers collaborate on the spot to "remix" everything from folk tales to classical art. History is revived with rockin' beats, rhythms, and rhymes! Age 5+

Words Beats & Life

Hip Hop Culture: Words, Beats, & Life Teach-In: Remixing the Art of Social Change

Nov 3 - Nov 5, 2016

Presented by the D.C. Hip Hop nonprofit Words, Beats & Life, this event is designed to outline the tools and resources necessary to promote social change and develop curriculum, programs, and work (artistic and scholarly) based on Hip Hop Culture.

Top Notch

Hip Hop Culture: Top Notch

Sat, Nov 5, 2016, 8:00 PM

Top Notch is a breakdance battle competition and party to conclude the annual Words, Beats & Life Teach-In.

DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky: Rebirth of a Nation

Tue, May 23, 2017, 8:00 PM

DJ Spooky's reimagining of the infamously racist 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation, examines how "…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms."

peh/LO/tah

Hip Hop Culture: /peh-LO-tah/

Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores soccer by layering poetry, movement, visuals, and music into a fresh theatrical form based on Hip Hop aesthetics. This world premiere co-commission features verbally and physically energetic performances.

Jazz

Gary Bartz

KC Jazz Club: Gary Bartz Quartet

Fri, Oct 7, 2016

A 2015 BNY Mellon Living Legacy Jazz Awardee, saxophonist Gary Bartz performs with his quartet.

Harold López-Nussa

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Harold López-Nussa Trio

Sat, Oct 8, 2016

One of the most outstanding young interpreters of jazz in Cuba, Harold López-Nussa has given concerts in the most important theaters in Cuba, as well as on notable stages and international festivals.

Jane Ira Bloom

KC Jazz Club: Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson

Fri, Oct 14, 2016

In a new work for jazz quartet and spoken word, 21st-century soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom explores the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson.

Fred Hersch

KC Jazz Club: Fred Hersch Trio

Sat, Oct 15, 2016

Guggenheim Fellow, pianist, and composer Fred Hersch brings his imaginative approach to classic jazz standards in a performance alongside bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson.

Harlem String Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Harlem String Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán

Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 7:30 PM

The acclaimed Harlem String Quartet combines its "fresh, bracing, and intelligent" work (The Cincinnati Enquirer) with the Fortas debut of "formidable virtuoso" Aldo Lopez-Gavilan (The Times of London), a renowned Cuban pianist and composer.

Lakecia Benjamin

KC Jazz Club: The Lakecia Benjamin Experience

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Though her own music is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters as well as classic jazz, charismatic and dynamic tenor saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin's soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level.

Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective

The Crossroads Club: Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective: Breathless

Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 8:00 PM

Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and film score composer Terence Blanchard, who continues to push the boundaries of sound, purpose, and reach for the art form, performs with his contemporary electronic quintet.

Tootie Heath

KC Jazz Club: Tootie Heath: The Whole Drum Truth

Sat, Oct 29, 2016

For one night only, drummer Tootie Heath joins three great jazz drummers for a historical all-percussion performance, featuring four drum sets--and nothing else.

Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Heath at 90

Sun, Oct 30, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center celebrates the 90th birthday of legendary saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath with a stellar lineup, including appearances by the Jimmy Heath Big Band.

KC Jazz Club: Sheila Jordan

KC Jazz Club: Sheila Jordan

Fri, Nov 4, 2016

NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan is "one of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers" (All Music Guide). Her first great influence was Charlie Parker and, indeed, most of her influences have been instrumentalists rather than singers.

KC Jazz Club: Pedrito Martinez Group

KC Jazz Club: The Pedrito Martinez Group

Sat, Nov 5, 2016

The Grammy-nominated group, led by the consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum, returns to the Center with music from their latest album, Habana Dreams.

Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter: The Unfolding

Sat, Nov 12, 2016, 8:00 PM

NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter returns with a work co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center inspired by recent interpretations of the Big Bang theory that describe the expansion of the universe as an "unfolding" of matter in the time and space continuum.

Tia Fuller's Angelic Warrior Quartet

KC Jazz Club: Tia Fuller's Angelic Warrior Quartet

Sat, Nov 19, 2016

Tia Fuller's third release on Mack Avenue Records, Angelic Warrior, marks her deep-rooted evolution as an instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader.

NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Sat, Dec 10, 2016

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for a special family affair at this year's holiday concert that features Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens, plus husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.

Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

KC Jazz Club: Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas

Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2016

Highlighting the centenary of late Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master Ella Fitzgerald, Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra perform selections from Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas, and other big band tunes.

Terence Blanchard

Bud, Not Buddy

Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2017

In 1936, a boy goes looking for his father guided by a band flyer. Jazz master Terence Blanchard composes the music and plays with an ensemble in this world premiere commission adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's award-winning book. Age 9+

Georgia Anne Muldrow

The Crossroads Club: Jason +: Jason and Jyoti: Muldrow Meets Mingus

Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 8:00 PM

Jason Moran shares the stage with Los Angeles–born singer-songwriter Jyoti in a commissioned musical collaboration that transcends genres and styles and celebrates jazz bassist Charles Mingus.

Jason Moran and Joan Jonas

Jason +: Jason and Joan: Reanimation

Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 7:00 PM

Performance and video artist Joan Jonas collaborates with pianist Jason Moran in Reanimation, a multimedia piece inspired by the Icelandic author Halldór Laxness's novel, Under the Glacier (1968).

Jazzmeia Horn

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Jazzmeia Horn

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Horn returns to headline the KC Jazz Club.
 

Regina Carter

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

One of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter celebrates the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald.

Theaster Gates

Jason +: Jason Moran and Theaster Gates: Looks of a Lot

Fri, Feb 24, 2017, 8:00 PM

Jazz pianist Jason Moran teams up with Chicago-based installation artist and sculptor Theaster Gates to remount a work comprising a series of new blues compositions performed by high school musicians presented in correlation with art and set pieces.

Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Sat, Mar 4, 2017

Multi-Grammy Award–winning composer and conductor Maria Schneider is recognized for successfully blurring the lines between genres. She brings her 17-member collective featuring some of the finest jazz musicians today.

Washington National Opera: Champion

Washington National Opera: Champion

Mar 4 - Mar 18, 2017

The real-life story of Emile Griffith--the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s led to unexpected tragedy--comes roaring to the stage in Terence Blanchard's haunting and visually stunning "opera in jazz."

Elena and Samora Pinderhughes

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Elena and Samora Pinderhughes

Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Pinderhughes siblings Elena (flutist and vocalist) and Samora (pianist and composer) are on respective musical trajectories worthy of note. Together, they showcase a family dynamic which highlights their varied musical background.

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Apr 7 - Apr 8, 2017

The celebrated, all-female company known for vivid performances and intelligent dance pieces performs a new work that explores the legacy of jazz musician John Coltrane, visualizing his life's work through dance and eye-catching multimedia components.

Marquis Hill Blacklet

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Marquis Hill Blacktet

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

The winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trumpet Competition, Marquis Hill makes his KC Jazz Club debut as a leader with his group Blacktet.

KC Jazz Club: Geoffrey Keezer Trio with special guest Gillian Margot

KC Jazz Club: Geoffrey Keezer Trio with special guest Gillian Margot

Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer, who got his start holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey, is joined by the exquisite Canadian vocalist Gillian Margot to deliver music from her latest recording, Black Butterfly.

Abbey Lincoln

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival: Abbey Lincoln Tribute

Thu, May 4, 2017, 8:00 PM

Under the musical direction of Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, iconic jazz vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater headlines a celebration of the life and legacy of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010).

Jane Monheit

Renée Fleming VOICES: Jane Monheit: The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration

Fri, May 5, 2017

Vocalist Jane Monheit returns to the Kennedy Center with a contemporary take on Ella Fitzgerald's songbook, joined by special guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton and others.

Meshell Ndegeocello

The Crossroads Club: Meshell Ndegeocello: Pour Une Âme Souveraine, A Dedication to Nina Simone

Sat, May 13, 2017, 8:00 PM

Vocalist and bassist Meshell Ngdegeocello returns to the Kennedy Center with a tribute performance to singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone (1933-2003).

Mashups

DEMO: Heroes

DEMO: Heroes

Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 8:00 PM

The former NYCB Principal Dancer brings together artists to pay tribute to their artistic inspirations, including Broadway and NYCB star Robert Fairchild, acclaimed ballerina Carla Körbes, singer/songwriter Kate Davis, tap dance powerhouse Jared Grimes, and Memphis jookin' dance pioneer Lil Buck.

Mason Bates

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 7:30 PM

Mercury Soul--"the swirling, genre-busting musical extravaganza" (San Francisco Chronicle)--kicks off the new KC Jukebox season with an immersive performance that blends classical music, DJing, and imaginative stagecraft.

Georgia Anne Muldrow

The Crossroads Club: Jason +: Jason and Jyoti: Muldrow Meets Mingus

Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 8:00 PM

Jason Moran shares the stage with Los Angeles–born singer-songwriter Jyoti in a commissioned musical collaboration that transcends genres and styles and celebrates jazz bassist Charles Mingus.

Mason Bates's KC JUkebox

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Ravishment

Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 7:30 PM

Step into a dreamlike world with Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates and a cadre of skilled artists for hot-off-the-press chamber music, including a new string quartet by John Adams, in celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer's 70th birthday.

Jason Moran and Joan Jonas

Jason +: Jason and Joan: Reanimation

Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 7:00 PM

Performance and video artist Joan Jonas collaborates with pianist Jason Moran in Reanimation, a multimedia piece inspired by the Icelandic author Halldór Laxness's novel, Under the Glacier (1968).

Victor Gama

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Music & Instruments of Victor Gama

Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

The renowned composer and instrument builder brings his unique vision to KC Jukebox for an exciting performance including a piece informed by his upbringing in Angola, performed on an array of beautifully constructed instruments.

Theaster Gates

Jason +: Jason Moran and Theaster Gates: Looks of a Lot

Fri, Feb 24, 2017, 8:00 PM

Jazz pianist Jason Moran teams up with Chicago-based installation artist and sculptor Theaster Gates to remount a work comprising a series of new blues compositions performed by high school musicians presented in correlation with art and set pieces.

DEMO: Song Dance

DEMO: Song & Dance

Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 8:00 PM

Dubbed the "Matchmaker" by the New York Times, Damien Woetzel has recently garnered acclaim for creating unusual combinations of music, dance, and theater. He brings together skilled artists to explore music and dance in this unique event.

Mason Bates

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Chanticleer

Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

Hailed as "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the Grammy–winning a cappella ensemble performs the world premiere of a new Kennedy Center co-commission from Mason, in addition to works by a range of contemporary luminaries.

Thievery Corporation

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Thievery Corporation

Mon, May 15, 2017

This D.C.-based duo performs its own bossa nova-inspired music plus new arrangements from today's leading young composers. Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates kicks off the evening with an instrumental/electronica work.

National Symphony Orchestra

Lang Lang

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach / Steven Reineke / Lang Lang

Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8:00 PM

Superstar pianist Lang Lang, "the hottest artist on the classical music planet" (The New York Times), returns for the NSO's annual kickoff concert--a one-night-only celebration of both the NSO's classical and pops traditions.

Edward Gardner

National Symphony Orchestra: Shakespeare at the Symphony: From Tchaikovsky to Elgar

Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2016

In his NSO debut, Edward Gardner conducts three works inspired by the literary legacy of Shakespeare: Elgar's Falstaff, Walton's Suite from Henry V, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.

Emanuel Ax

National Symphony Orchestra: Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven / Shakespeare at the Symphony

Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2016

Emanuel Ax, whose "pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, [and] lustrous" (The Washington Post) returns in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1. Juraj Valcuha also conducts Shakespeare-inspired works by Korngold, Dvorák, and R. Strauss.

Nicola Benedetti

National Symphony Orchestra: Benedetti plays Marsalis / Tchaikovsky's "Polish" Symphony

Oct 27 - Oct 29, 2016

Violin sensation Nicola Benedetti, hailed for her "pure and gleaming" sound (The New York Times), plays the East Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Violin Concerto on a program led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach that also featuring Tchaikovsky's distinct "Polish" Symphony.

Gianandrea Noseda

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - part of Shakespeare at the Symphony and A Salute to Slava

Nov 3 - Nov 5, 2016

In the first of the 16/17 season's programs exploring the musical legacy inspired by Shakespeare's literary works, NSO Music Director Designate Gianandrea Noseda conducts the entirety of Prokofiev's ballet score Romeo and Juliet.

Donald Runnicles

National Symphony Orchestra: Duruflé's Requiem / Debussy Préludes & Nocturnes

Nov 10 - Nov 12, 2016

Following his acclaimed NSO debut in 2015, Donald Runnicles returns to lead Duruflé's Requiem--featuring two soaring singers and the UMD Concert Choir--as well as Debussy's Three Nocturnes and new orchestrations of his Four Préludes.

Krzysztof Urbanski

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's "New World" Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations

Nov 17 - Nov 19, 2016

Krzysztof Urbanski conducts Dvorak's "New World" Symphony on a program also featuring the NSO debut of Johannes Moser, who Gramophone calls "one of the finest young virtuoso cellists," in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme.

The Messiah

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Dec 15 - Dec 18, 2016

Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the NSO. This year, Laurence Cummings conducts four gifted singers and the University of Maryland Concert Choir in this NSO tradition.

Mark Elder

National Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky's The Firebird / Ravel's "Left Hand" Concerto

Jan 12 - Jan 14, 2017

Stravinsky's The Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov's Legend of the Invisible City Suite bookend the season's first folklore-inspired program. Sir Mark Elder also conducts pianist Jeremy Denk in Ravel's "Left Hand" Concerto.

Gianandrea Noseda

National Symphony Orchestra: Portraits of America / Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Jan 19 - Jan 22, 2017

The NSO's next Music Director joins "insightful [and] energetic" (The New York Times) pianist Jon Kimura Parker for a celebration of America's musical landscape featuring works by Gershwin, Bernstein, John Williams, and more.

Gidon Kremer

National Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony / Kremer plays Weinberg - part of A Salute to Slava

Jan 26 - Jan 28, 2017

In a celebration of the artistic legacy of late former NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich, Christoph Eschenbach conducts Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony and Gidon Kremer in Weinberg's Violin Concerto--both celebrated works by Slava's dear friends.

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

Feb 2 - Feb 4, 2017

Christoph Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings on a program that also features NSO Principal Trombone Craig Mulcahy in the orchestra's first performances of Christopher Rouse's Trombone Concerto.

Joshua Bell

National Symphony Orchestra: An Evening with Joshua Bell

Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 8:00 PM

Joshua Bell, "the greatest American violinist active today" (The Boston Herald), plays and conducts in this program exploring both music and movement, culminating in a performance of Lalo's Symphonie espagnole accompanied by live dance.

Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

NSO Family Concert: Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 2:00 PM

When the world-renowned violinist played anonymously in DC's subway, his experience inspired an acclaimed children's book. Now this world premiere concert brings together sensational music, an engaging narrator, and colorful imagery from the story! Age 5+

Hilary Hahn

National Symphony Orchestra: Hahn plays Mendelssohn / Strauss, Janácek & Dvorák

Feb 16 - Feb 18, 2017

Hilary Hahn brings her "warm tone, stunning technique, and flawless intonation" (The Wall Street Journal) to Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Conducted by Cornelius Meister, the program also features fantasy-influenced works by Dvorák, Janácek, and Richard Strauss.

Jaap van Zweden

National Symphony Orchestra: Brahms's Second Symphony / Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto

Mar 2 - Mar 4, 2017

Equipped with a "piercingly beautiful" tone (Chicago Tribune), violinist Simone Lamsma makes her NSO debut in Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the program also includes Brahms's Symphony No. 2.

Alisa Weilerstein

National Symphony Orchestra: Weilerstein plays Shostakovich / Schubert's Ninth Symphony - part of A Salute to Slava

Mar 9 - Mar 11, 2017

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein returns in Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto, a work written for late former NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich. Led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, the program also includes Schubert's Ninth Symphony and Tobias Picker's Old and Lost Rivers.

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner's First Symphony / Mozart's Third Violin Concerto

Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2017

Christoph Eschenbach conducts Bruckner's titanic First Symphony on a program that also features NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef in Mozart's celebrated Third Violin Concerto.

James Conlon

National Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev's Piano Concerto / Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony - part of A Salute to Slava

Apr 6 - Apr 8, 2017

James Conlon conducts three cherished works by long-time colleagues and collaborators of former late NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich: Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto featuring the NSO debut of Lise de la Salle, Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, and selections from Britten's Peter Grimes.

Sergey Khachatryan

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Apr 20 - Apr 22, 2017

Cristian Macelaru conducts Beethoven's Violin Concerto featuring the return of Sergey Khachatryan. The program also includes works by Smetana and Sibelius, plus an electronica-influenced piece from Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

Gustavo Gimeno

National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite / Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

May 11 - May 13, 2017

Gustavo Gimeno leads the last fantasy-inspired program of the season, pairing Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Organist Paul Jacobs returns in the D.C. premiere of Christopher Rouse's Organ Concerto.

Ton Koopman

National Symphony Orchestra: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 / Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks

May 18 - May 20, 2017

Ton Koopman makes his NSO subscription concert debut on a program of Baroque favorites including J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Orchestral Suite No. 3 as well as Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks and Concerto a due cori No. 3.

Peter and the Wolf

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

Sun, May 21, 2017

When a wolf escapes from the nearby zoo, young Peter goes on an epic adventure to save his friends. Using a fusion of theater, animation, Foley effects, and the live music of Prokofiev's score, this classic tale becomes an immersive, inclusive, and brand new experience. Age 5+

Yo-Yo Ma

National Symphony Orchestra: John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma

Wed, May 24, 2017, 8:00 PM

World-renowned cellist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma joins the NSO for a concert celebration of John F. Kennedy's monumental legacy.

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Mahler's Second Symphony

Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2017

Christoph Eschenbach conducts Mahler's transformative "Resurrection" Symphony featuring the return of mezzo-soprano Nathalie Stutzmann, the NSO debut of soprano Golda Schultz, and The Washington Chorus.

Alice Sara Ott

National Symphony Orchestra: Ott plays Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony

Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2017

Hailed by The Telegraph as "the hottest new talent in classical music," Alice Sara Ott returns in Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Edo de Waart also conducts Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony and Mason Bates's Garages of the Valley.

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Farewell to Christoph Eschenbach featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2017

In his final program as NSO Music Director, Christoph Eschenbach conducts a program that includes Beethoven's unforgettable Ninth Symphony--the masterwork that began his tenure.

NSO Pops

The Second City Guide to the Symphony

NSO Pops: The Second City Guide to the Symphony starring Colin Mochrie

Sep 15 - Sep 17, 2016

The NSO joins renowned comedy troupe The Second City and Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie for original comedy, new music, and works by Mozart and more in this satirical look at the symphony's repertoire, composers, and even its audience!

Cirque de la Symphonie

NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie: Halloween Extravaganza

Oct 13 - Oct 16, 2016

They're back by popular demand! Spooky fun abounds as Cirque de la Symphonie wows with sensational acrobatics and powerful music in a new Halloween-themed spectacular. Bring the whole family for this breathtaking and lively high-flying display.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

NSO Pops: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Film with Live Music

Nov 25 - Nov 26, 2016

Thanksgiving weekend, Steven Spielberg's touching sci-fi film returns with all of the adventure and wonder that made it a classic. Experience the tale as never before on a big screen with John Williams's soaring score performed live.

Laura Benanti and Santino Fontana

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! featuring Laura Benanti and Santino Fontana

Dec 9 - Dec 10, 2016

Warm your spirit and sing along with fresh takes on holiday classics led by Steven Reineke, as Tony winner Laura Benanti, Frozen's Santino Fontana, and The Washington Chorus join in the joy. Jolly Ol' Saint Nick may even pay a visit!

Snarky Puppy

NSO Pops: Snarky Puppy

Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of sophisticated composition, harmony, and improvisation, fusion-influenced jam band Snarky Puppy makes its Kennedy Center debut with the NSO Pops, Jules Buckley conducting, performing music from their 2015 Grammy-winning Best Contemporary Instrumental album Sylva.

Ledisi

NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi

Feb 24 - Feb 25, 2017

American R&B, neo-soul, and jazz recording artist and nine-time Grammy nominee Ledisi joins the NSO Pops for two inspired evenings spotlighting her unique sound and "strident, soulful voice" (The New York Times).

Ella Fitzgerald (1962)

NSO Pops: Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company

Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2017

For Ella Fitzgerald's 100th, acclaimed singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover come together to celebrate the legendary music of the First Lady of Song, plus favorites made famous by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.

Indigo Girls

NSO Pops: Indigo Girls

May 5 - May 6, 2017

The Grammy-winning duo behind hits like "Closer to Fine" and "Galileo" brings its signature sonic blend of folk and rock to the NSO Pops for an outstanding program of fan favorites from across their groundbreaking career.

The Music of John Williams

NSO Pops: The Music of John Williams

Jun 22 - Jun 24, 2017

From a faraway galaxy to the magical Hogwarts, John Williams's scores have transported moviegoers for decades. In celebration of Williams's 85th year, the NSO journeys through the storied catalogue of music composed by the most Oscar-nominated man alive.

Performances for Young Audiences

Cirque de la Symphonie

NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie: Halloween Extravaganza

Oct 13 - Oct 16, 2016

They're back by popular demand! Spooky fun abounds as Cirque de la Symphonie wows with sensational acrobatics and powerful music in a new Halloween-themed spectacular. Bring the whole family for this breathtaking and lively high-flying display.

All the Way Live!

All the Way Live!

Oct 15 - Oct 16, 2016

In this interactive world premiere co-commission with B-Fly Entertainment, Hip Hop performers collaborate on the spot to "remix" everything from folk tales to classical art. History is revived with rockin' beats, rhythms, and rhymes! Age 5+

Where Words Once Were

Where Words Once Were

Nov 5 - Nov 27, 2016

Get ready for wordplay in this world premiere commission from playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer--set in a city where language is rationed, a sentence can get you sentenced, the silent are rising, and a word can change the world. Age 9+

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes... Now Open Your Ears!

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes... Now Open Your Ears!

Sun, Dec 11, 2016

In this brand new animal-inspired show you'll learn just how powerful your ears can be, especially when there's great music around! Join NSO violinist Holly Hamilton and former NSO violinist Paula Akbar as they present an earful of satisfying sounds. Age 3+

Terence Blanchard

Bud, Not Buddy

Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2017

In 1936, a boy goes looking for his father guided by a band flyer. Jazz master Terence Blanchard composes the music and plays with an ensemble in this world premiere commission adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's award-winning book. Age 9+

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Catch the Vibe

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Catch the Vibe

Jan 28 - Jan 29, 2017

NSO tuba player Stephen Dumaine and NSO percussionist Eric Shin team up to show you how lively the tuba can be! Along the way, you'll meet some relatives of the tuba from around the world, and you might even get to see Stephen play while riding his bicycle! Age 3+

Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

NSO Family Concert: Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 2:00 PM

When the world-renowned violinist played anonymously in DC's subway, his experience inspired an acclaimed children's book. Now this world premiere concert brings together sensational music, an engaging narrator, and colorful imagery from the story! Age 5+

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Follow That Fiddle

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Follow That Fiddle

Sat, Feb 18, 2017

In this home-run performance, NSO musician Glenn Donnellan will introduce you to the Electric Slugger™, an electric violin that he custom made from a baseball bat. You'll have a ball as he plays a wide range of musical styles on this and a variety of violins from around the world. Age 3+

From the Mouths of Monsters

From the Mouths of Monsters

Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2017

Loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this contemporary, highly theatrical world premiere commission features two actors who riff on the classic monster tale in unexpected ways, with surprising relevance to today's audiences. Age 12+

Grug and the Rainbow

Grug and the Rainbow

Mar 18 - Mar 19, 2017

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, this brand-new show from Australia's Windmill Theatre features exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world. Age 2+

To Sail Around the Sun

To Sail Around the Sun

Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2017

Set to the timeless music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this imaginative world premiere co-commission between the NSO and Company | E uses dance, film, storytelling, and musicians to weave together stories about the changing of the seasons. Age 4+

Nearly Lear

Nearly Lear

May 12 - May 14, 2017

What if King Lear was told by his closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool--and every other character--to tell a very personal and poignant story borrowing from Shakespeare's words. Age 9+

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

May 20 - May 28, 2017

Don't miss a one-man show from Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken-word artists. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and more come to life when a boy tries to make sense of his father's disappearance. Age 8+

Titus

Titus

May 20 - May 21, 2017

Young Titus is in a situation that seems hopeless… he can either give up or fight. This exciting and challenging journey examines the obstacles faced by young people in our modern world and how we learn to find courage within ourselves as we confront those obstacles. Age 13+

 

Peter and the Wolf

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

Sun, May 21, 2017

When a wolf escapes from the nearby zoo, young Peter goes on an epic adventure to save his friends. Using a fusion of theater, animation, Foley effects, and the live music of Prokofiev's score, this classic tale becomes an immersive, inclusive, and brand new experience. Age 5+

peh/LO/tah

Hip Hop Culture: /peh-LO-tah/

Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores soccer by layering poetry, movement, visuals, and music into a fresh theatrical form based on Hip Hop aesthetics. This world premiere co-commission features verbally and physically energetic performances.

Special Concerts

Mason Bates

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 7:30 PM

Mercury Soul--"the swirling, genre-busting musical extravaganza" (San Francisco Chronicle)--kicks off the new KC Jukebox season with an immersive performance that blends classical music, DJing, and imaginative stagecraft.

Mason Bates's KC JUkebox

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Ravishment

Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 7:30 PM

Step into a dreamlike world with Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates and a cadre of skilled artists for hot-off-the-press chamber music, including a new string quartet by John Adams, in celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer's 70th birthday.

Victor Gama

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Music & Instruments of Victor Gama

Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

The renowned composer and instrument builder brings his unique vision to KC Jukebox for an exciting performance including a piece informed by his upbringing in Angola, performed on an array of beautifully constructed instruments.

SHIFT logo

SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: Boulder Philharmonic

Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 8:00 PM

"Nature and Music" is this program's theme, inspired by Boulder's natural beauty and an example of how the orchestra responds to its location. The concert features a multimedia commission commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

SHIFT logo

SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: North Carolina Symphony

Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:00 PM

The orchestra offers an innovative program, deeply evocative of North Carolina, represented in particular by four composers with ties to the state: Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mason Bates, and Robert Ward.

SHIFT logo

SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 8:00 PM

ASO presents "Creation/ Creator" by Christopher Theofanidis, a theatrical and multimedia oratorio featuring soloists, a 180-piece choir, and a full orchestra. The work explores creation and the creative process using texts from a wide range of sources.

SHIFT logo

SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: The Knights

Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 8:00 PM

This deeply collaborative and creative chamber orchestra from Brooklyn brings a program featuring the San Francisco Girls Chorus led by Lisa Bielawa along with works by Brahms, Vivaldi, Aaron Jay Kernis, and an original piece written by the orchestra.

Ariodante

Joyce DiDonato in Handel's Ariodante in Concert, with The English Concert

Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

The superstar mezzo-soprano sings the title role in a concert version of the passionate Italian opera. She "confirms her reputation as the finest Handelian mezzo-soprano of the day with a magnificent princely reading" (London's Daily Telegraph).

Mason Bates

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Chanticleer

Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

Hailed as "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the Grammy–winning a cappella ensemble performs the world premiere of a new Kennedy Center co-commission from Mason, in addition to works by a range of contemporary luminaries.

Thievery Corporation

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Thievery Corporation

Mon, May 15, 2017

This D.C.-based duo performs its own bossa nova-inspired music plus new arrangements from today's leading young composers. Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates kicks off the evening with an instrumental/electronica work.

Theater

Shear Madness

Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 12,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Oct 5 - Oct 23, 2016

Based on the bestselling novel, this heartwarming story has an unforgettable young hero whose investigation of a mystery leads to a life-changing adventure in "one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway" (New York Times). The production won five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play.

Freeze Frame

Debbie Allen's Freeze Frame

Oct 27 - Oct 30, 2016

From Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen, this profoundly relevant theatrical narrative fuses movement, music, art, and cinema to explore gun violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy.

A View from the Bridge

A View From the Bridge

Nov 18 - Dec 3, 2016

Internationally renowned Belgian director Ivo van Hove presents a limited engagement of Arthur Miller's masterwork, winner of two 2016 Tony Awards including Best Director and Best Revival of a Play. Join tragic protagonist Eddie Carbone in this dark and passionate tale of family, love, and duplicity.

Into the Woods

Into The Woods

Dec 6 - Jan 8, 2017

Venture into the woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater's production that became NYC's surprise hit of the season. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention of Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical classic is staged like you've never seen it before!

Megan Hilty

Renée Fleming VOICES: An Evening with Megan Hilty

Dec 8 - Dec 9, 2016

From Wicked, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and 9 to 5 on Broadway to NBC's Smash, America has fallen in love with the multi-talented Megan Hilty. Back by popular demand following sold-out concerts in 2012 and 2014, she returns to the Kennedy Center to perform an intimate evening of music.

Wicked

Wicked

Dec 14 - Jan 8, 2017

Back by "popular" demand! Called "the best musical of the decade" and "Broadway's biggest blockbuster," Wicked is the winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. Travel back to Oz with this must-see musical spectacular!

The Gabriels

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (Three-Play Cycle)

Jan 7 - Jan 22, 2017

Shining a spotlight on the 2016 election year, Tony-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays) and The Public Theater present his wildly relevant and fiercely human new three-play cycle.

Needles and Opium

Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: Needles and Opium

Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2017

World-renowned writer/director Robert Lepage revisits his riveting work in a highly visual staging that is as much magic as it is theater. Experience an exploration of creativity, love, addiction, and withdrawal through three artists' stories.

Antigonon

Teatro El Público: Antigonón, un contingente épico

Mar 21 - Mar 22, 2017

Two myths collide in one epic explosion of poetry and heroics. Written by Rogelio Orizondo, directed by Carlos Díaz, and presented by Havana's irreverent Teatro el Público, this spectacle fuses the legend of Antigone with old and new Cuban heroes.

The Petrol Station

Sulayman Al Bassam: Petrol Station

Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2017

Internationally acclaimed writer/director Sulayman Al Bassam returns to the Kennedy Center with a compelling drama that uses the setting of a deserted petrol station as a poetic space to explore the oppressions and aspirations of the Gulf Arab Region.

Peter Brook Battlefield

Peter Brook's Battlefield

Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2017

Legendary director Peter Brook takes subject matter from his landmark production of The Mahabharata to stage this new play, in which a family is torn apart by war and trying to make sense of the horrors they've experienced... and perpetrated.

Chicago

Chicago

Apr 4 - Apr 16, 2017

With show-stopping numbers, astonishing dancing, and a healthy dose of razzle dazzle, Chicago is a heart-pounding spectacle of everything that makes Broadway great. Velma Kelly and Foxy Roxie Hart bring down the house in this six-time Tony winner!

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville

Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2017

An apocalyptic flood leaves only two people with no common language… until they discover shared song and dance. This zany tale stars Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, the fabulous Taylor Mac, with direction/choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman.

three sisters

Maly Drama Theatre: Three Sisters

Apr 26 - Apr 30, 2017

Lev Dodin, regarded as one of the world's finest directors, and Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, one of Russia's premier theater companies, present this luminous and emotionally raw retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece.

Alan Cumming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 8:00 PM

With his acclaimed performances in Cabaret, CBS's The Good Wife, and scores of other diverse credits, Alan Cumming has been named "one of the most fun people in show business" by Time Magazine. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut in this special concert event.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

Jun 13 - Jul 16, 2017

The Kennedy Center is alive with The Sound of Music! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical will thrill once again with its Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning score in this brand new production, directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Jun 13 - Jul 2, 2017

Innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is "the most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!" (Time). This four-time Tony-winning, genre-bending sensation promises to take DC by storm!

Cabaret

Cabaret

Jul 11 - Aug 6, 2017

Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents Cabaret, the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Jul 18 - Aug 20, 2017

Two worlds collide in Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I, winner of four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The timeless story of Anna Leonowens and the king of Siam is "too beautiful to miss" (New York Magazine)!

Shear Madness

Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 12,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

Washington National Opera

Janai Brugger

Janai Brugger in Recital (2016 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner)

Thu, Sep 8, 2016, 7:30 PM

Gifted young soprano Janai Brugger, recently named by Opera News as one of its top 25 "brilliant young artists," performs in recital after winning this Kennedy Center award named after the groundbreaking African American contralto.

The Marriage of Figaro

Washington National Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2016

The barber of Seville is getting hitched--and it's a day of madness in the palace! Mozart's comic masterpiece comes to life through enchanting music and absurd mix-ups in a charming exploration of the perils of temptation and the triumph of love.

Opera House Backstage Tour

Washington National Opera: Backstage Tours for Full Series Subscribers

Sep 26 - May 19, 2017

Beginning one hour before select WNO Opera House performances in the 16/17 season, a WNO staff member will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production. Tours available to renewing WNO full series subscribers only.

Daughter of the Regiment

Washington National Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment

Nov 12 - Nov 20, 2016

A woman raised by soldiers must convince her "fathers" to let her marry a peasant--just as a mysterious Marquise comes to whisk her away to become a proper lady. Lisette Oropesa and Lawrence Brownlee star in Donizetti's opéra comique.

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: New Hour-Long Opera: The Dictator's Wife

Jan 13 - Jan 15, 2017

In the world premiere of this bitingly satirical work, the wife of a once-powerful dictator bemoans how she must now answer for the atrocities committed by her husband, who cowers in the bathroom as the country falls apart.

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas

Sat, Jan 14, 2017

The world premiere of three short operas--this year focusing on themes and values related to the Kennedy Center's centennial celebration of John F. Kennedy--will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by members of the WNO Orchestra.

Dead Man Walking

Washington National Opera: Dead Man Walking

Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2017

Jake Heggie's instant modern classic--about a death row inmate convicted for murder and the kindhearted nun who takes on his final appeal--becomes a searing emotional journey powered by an unforgettable score infused with American popular styles.

Washington National Opera: Champion

Washington National Opera: Champion

Mar 4 - Mar 18, 2017

The real-life story of Emile Griffith--the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s led to unexpected tragedy--comes roaring to the stage in Terence Blanchard's haunting and visually stunning "opera in jazz."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Washington National Opera: Justice at the Opera with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thu, Mar 9, 2017, 7:30 PM

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins WNO Artistic Director and host Francesca Zambello for a fascinating discussion of the legal issues presented by famous arias and scenes from operas, as sung by the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists.

Stars of Tomorrow

Washington National Opera: Stars of Tomorrow: The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in Concert

Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists continue their annual tradition with a concert of scenes and arias from favorite operas.

Washington National Opera: Madame Butterfly

Washington National Opera: Madame Butterfly

May 6 - May 21, 2017

In this eye-popping staging of Puccini's immortal tragedy, a dashing American naval officer chooses a naïve young geisha to be his bride, only to betray her--leading to one of the most devastating and legendary final scenes in all of opera.