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The Kennedy Center Announces 2017–2018

Programming for Theater and Performances for Young Audiences

From Broadway blockbusters and an Ingmar Bergman celebration to a new multimedia documentary theater work, a British a cappella show, a hilariously twisted Dickens, and more, the Theater Season offers an array of crowd-pleasing performances. The new Performances for Young Audiences Season features adventures in theater, music, and dance that will captivate and enrich audiences of young people and adults alike.

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Season Highlights: Theater and Performances for Young Audiences

Washington, D.C. premiere of Hamilton

Washington, D.C. premiere of Tony Award®–winning Best Play The Humans

Broadway Center Stage
A New Series of Beloved Musicals in Concert
Showcasing Talent from Broadway and the Nation’s Capital

A centennial celebration of Ingmar Bergman featuring work from Liv Ullman and Ivo Van Hove

Hit Broadway musicals
The Color Purple
An American in Paris
On Your Feet!
The Book of Mormon

A performance from Taylor Mac and a celebration of Bernstein on Broadway!

Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
A World Premiere Musical Commissioned by the Kennedy Center based on the life of Dr. Jane Goodall

Digging Up Dessa
A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival

Night Train 57
A World Premiere Kennedy Center Co-Commission by Grammy® winner Dan Zanes with Claudia Eliaza

Plus
National Symphony Orchestra Music for Young Audiences, including Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM in Concert;
Washington National Opera’s The Little Prince;
and other special events

Another season announcement to come later this spring: Jazz, Hip Hop, Comedy, International Programming, and NSO Pops in May 2017.

Theater

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Bernstein on Broadway

Fri, Sep 22

The Kennedy Center presents a special one-night-only celebration of the indelible and lasting impact Bernstein's work had on American culture through the Broadway stage.

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Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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Wilderness

Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2017

This pulsating new multimedia documentary theater work—derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity—features an evocative folk rock score, video projections, and emotionally charged movement. 

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The Book of Mormon

Oct 24 - Nov 19, 2017

The nine-time Tony®-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

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Gobsmacked!

Nov 24 - Nov 26, 2017

This mind-blowing, next-generation vocal show—the latest sensation from the UK—features reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of vocalists. Gobsmacked! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella, guaranteeing audiences will leave with a song in their hearts and smiles on their faces.

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The Second City's Twist Your Dickens

Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017

Experience Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol like never before—with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Dec 6 - Dec 9, 2017

U.S. premiere! Ingmar Bergman’s wife and muse, celebrated director Liv Ullmann, expands Bergman's 1996 film into a stage adaptation of poignant, non-linear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within.

An American in Paris.

An American in Paris

Dec 12 - Jan 7, 2018

Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."

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The Illusionists

Dec 27 - Jan 7, 2018

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sell-out shows in 2015! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.

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On Your Feet!

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet! takes you inside their real-life story, with some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century. 

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The Humans

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

Stephen Karam’s uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play akes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. As darkness falls and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.

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Broadway Center Stage: Chess

Feb 14 - Feb 18, 2018

The pawns in this dramatic rock opera form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and the assistant who is torn between them. Follow the machinations and manipulations from Bangkok to Budapest in a semi-staged concert performance.

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Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (1776–2016)

Tue, Mar 6

Take a walk through American history with fabulous entertainer Taylor Mac! A recent winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, his work uses songs of the time to chronicle our country from its founding in 1776 to today in a highly immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240 years (and counting) of American culture and dysfunction.

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Broadway Center Stage: In the Heights

Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony®-winning first Broadway musical tells the story of a vibrant community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood in this semi-staged concert performance.

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After The Rehearsal & Persona, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Apr 19 - Apr 22, 2018

Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are brilliantly reimagined for the stage by celebrated director Ivo van Hove. This theatrical double-bill delving into the messy lives of theater artists features searing performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman’s texts.

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Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2018

Follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch in this semi-staged concert performance as he uses a powerful little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.

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Hamilton

Jun 12 - Sep 16, 2018

Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary.

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The Color Purple

Jul 31 - Aug 26, 2018

2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).

Events for Young Audiences

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Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera

Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2017

Take a musical voyage to outer space in this interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and more special guests. Age 3+

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Grey Skies Blue

Oct 27 - Oct 29, 2017

Fifteen accomplished young dancers tell powerful, personal stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes, combining styles of Hip Hop dance with the lyricism of contemporary movement. Age 9+

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NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

Sun, Oct 29

Creep into the Concert Hall for costumed classics at this frightfully fun concert featuring ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Age 5+

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Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Nov 18 - Dec 10, 2017

In this brand new musical adaptation, join a young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. Age 6+

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NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

Nov 24 - Nov 26, 2017

Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams’s unforgettable score. Age 5+

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2017

Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Age 3+

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Digging Up Dessa

Feb 3 - Feb 18, 2018

From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. One 21st-century girl sets out to dig up some super-sized discoveries with help from a remarkable friend—the pioneering English paleontologist Mary Anning. Age 10+

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NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix the Classix!

Sun, Feb 18

Learn the language of music with a fresh twist as the NSO reunites with Grammy®-nominated beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and wildly original electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing! Age 5+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Two Divas and a Bear

Sun, Mar 4

Join NSO violinist Marissa Regni, soprano Kari Paludan, and everyone's favorite stuffed animal as they explore the human voice along with the voice of the violin! Age 3+

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Waves, all that Glows Sees

Mar 24 - Apr 1, 2018

Imagine your way to a soothing beach adventure for the very young in this carefully crafted theater experience. Age 18 months–4 years 

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NSO Pops: Black Violin

Wed, Apr 4

Violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) join the NSO to showcase their dynamic music style bridging Hip Hop beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique. Age 5+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: The String Thing

Apr 21 - Apr 22, 2018

A “silent” comedic tag-team—bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green—takes a break from the NSO to introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written in a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Age 3+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Brass of Peace

Sat, May 19

Comprised of 13 D.C.-area high school students, one of the city’s finest young brass ensembles joins retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena to teach audiences all about how this family of instruments makes music out of metal and wind. Age 3+

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Ever in the Glades

Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2018

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five teenagers make a daring attempt to escape to the mainland from a place where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. Age 12+

Ballet & Contemporary Dance

Lotus: Tap Stars with Joseph Webb, Baakari Wilder, Omar Edwards, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derik Grant, Dulé Hill, and Jason Samuels Smith

Lotus: Tap Stars Reunite to Celebrate the Art Form

Sat, Oct 7

Seven award-winning tap dancing artists, connected through their Broadway background in Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, reunite for a night of performances choreographed to honor the roots of tap dance, their predecessors, and each other, all to live jazz music.

Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes

Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes

Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2017

Winner of two 2017 Olivier Awards including Best Theater Choreographer! The beloved fairy tale has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its story of obsession, possession, and one young woman's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadere

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2017

Replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal, and a spectral voyage to the afterlife, this enchanting journey to a fabled past radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments. Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and this dazzling ballet continues to be "theirs" well into the 21st century.

DEMO I: Jerome Robbins – American Dance Genius

DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Jerome Robbins--American Dance Genius

Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017

A stellar cast celebrates the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins's centennial in a rehearsal-style performance hosted by Damian, who worked closely with Robbins during his career at NYCB. This special DEMO will explore the magnificent repertory created for ballet and Broadway, from Fancy Free to West Side Story, revealing the work behind the work of one of America's greatest dance visionaries.

Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker

Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017

From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist!

Camille A. Brown

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play / ink

Dec 1 - Dec 2, 2017

Prolific and highly acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown makes her Kennedy Center debut with two full-evening works performed on separate nights: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and ink. Both performed to original live music, these two fascinating productions celebrate diversity, community, history, and finding oneself through daring dance.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances

Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2017

This season we celebrate the culmination of our own ballet company, led by the beloved muse of choreographer George Balanchine. Throughout her career as a dancer, Suzanne Farrell created and redefined many of the great roles of the Balanchine canon. The farewell program is a pageant of favorites, all handpicked for their special meaning to Ms. Farrell.

An American in Paris.

An American in Paris

Dec 12 - Jan 7, 2018

Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."

American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream / Works by Ratmansky, Scarlett & Wheeldon

Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2018

ABT's starry roster of dancers is just one of many assets fueling its ever-growing fan base. Another is Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, who keeps our audiences in a state of awe. The company performs a stunning lineup of works, including the D.C. premiere of Ratmansky's full-length story ballet Whipped Cream. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2018

Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the beloved company will continue to push the art form into fascinating new territory, with multiple programs as unique and phenomenal as the Ailey dancers themselves.

Diavolo: L.O.S.T.

DIAVOLO: L.O.S.T.

Feb 23 - Feb 24, 2018

Highly original contemporary dance ensemble DIAVOLO uses "architecture in motion" to explore the relationship between the human body and its environment. L.O.S.T., or Losing One's Self Temporarily, uses meticulously designed structures to explore, in two parts, what divides and unites us as we traverse through our daily lives.

DEMO II: Protest

DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now

Wed, Mar 7

This special DEMO event will present recently commissioned works and D.C. premieres by creative voices of today, including Alexei Ratmansky's critically acclaimed Fandango, set to the music of Luigi Boccherini.

Mark Morris Dance Company: Layla and Majnun

Mark Morris Dance Group and Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018

Based on an ancient Persian tale as poignant and beautiful as Romeo and Juliet, Layla and Majnun tells a passionate story of tragic love. When a young man's zealous feelings for his childhood love Layla earn him the nickname Majnun, or "possessed," his perceived madness turns their would-be union into scandal, misfortune, and eternal longing.

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Martins & Peck / Robbins Centennial Program

Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2018

New York City Ballet returns with two sensational repertory programs for its annual appearance, including a program to celebrate the centennials of Jerome Robbins, one of the most influential dance-makers in the company's history, and legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. It also presents three works by NYCB's George Balanchine and Peter Martins's Zakouski, while Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck offers the Kennedy Center premiere of a brand new piece.

Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater

Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2018

Known for pushing boundaries with its bold repertory and distinct virtuosity, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is prominently imprinted with an avant-garde aesthetic. Based in The Hague, this pioneering Dutch company's non-conformist, progressive productions have put its collective of astonishingly talented dancers on the international map.

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Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations--ternary patterns for insomnia

Apr 26 - Apr 28, 2018

Art forms merge and surge with sublime synergy as Stockholm-based Andersson Dance and Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble become true partners, interacting onstage in a seamless display of talent. Johann Sebastian Bach's sparkling masterpiece comes to stunning life through a whirlwind of movement and sound in this entrancing collaboration.

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Don Quixote / Giselle

May 29 - Jun 3, 2018

The dancers of Ballet Nacional de Cuba are known around the world for their exuberant flair--and their uniquely Cuban, athletic training based in the Russian style infuses classics from the ballet repertoire with a special passion all their own. The company made its landmark U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center forty years ago, and Ballet Nacional de Cuba now returns for the first time since 2011 with two signature classics by Artistic Director Alicia Alonso that bridge the gap between refined taste and pure entertainment.

DIRECT CURRENT

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Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (1776–2016)

Tue, Mar 6

Take a walk through American history with fabulous entertainer Taylor Mac! A recent winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, his work uses songs of the time to chronicle our country from its founding in 1776 to today in a highly immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240 years (and counting) of American culture and dysfunction.

DEMO II: Protest

DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now

Wed, Mar 7

This special DEMO event will present recently commissioned works and D.C. premieres by creative voices of today, including Alexei Ratmansky's critically acclaimed Fandango, set to the music of Luigi Boccherini.

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National Symphony Orchestra: John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Mar 8 - Mar 10, 2018

In celebration of John Adams's 70th birthday year, Gianandrea Noseda conducts The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Adams's expansive composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra depicting Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.

Philip Glass: Etudes

Philip Glass's 20 Etudes: A 5-Pianist Collaboration with Philip Glass, Jason Moran & Others

Fri, Mar 9

Contemporary classical piano meets jazz improvisation in this live musical performance of Philip Glass's Etudes. The American master composer, making his Kennedy Center debut, is one of five pianists in this unprecedented collaboration, to also include Kennedy Center Artistic Director of Jazz Jason Moran.

Jukebox: California Mystics

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: California Mystics

Sun, Mar 11

A journey in ambience, rhythm, and texture featuring composers from California's past and present. Using Bedouin-inspired tenting and pillows, the Atrium will be transformed into an immersive and inviting environment to explore works by Lou Harrison, Steve Reich, Nathaniel Stookey, and Mason Bates.

Julia Wolfe/Anthracite Fields

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street & Julian Wachner, conductor

Tue, Mar 13

The Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and conductor Julian Wachner present the multimedia D.C. premiere of Anthracite Fields--reprising their Grammy-nominated account of American composer Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio, in which historic photo-montages help recall Pennsylvania's coal-mining past.

The Colorado/Roomful of Teeth

The Colorado: A Documentary Film & Live Music Experience

Wed, Mar 14

The D.C. premiere of this groundbreaking music-driven eco-documentary from filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu features the score performed live by Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and others, with narration by Academy Award winner Sir Mark Rylance.

Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Thu, Mar 15

After a successful sold-out engagement in 2016, Mason Bates's signature event, Mercury Soul, returns to Washington for another custom blend of live electronica, classical music, DJing, and visual art, creating a cutting-edge, immersive dance club within the Kennedy Center.

Philip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi

Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi: Film & Music with the Philip Glass Ensemble

Fri, Mar 16

Philip Glass's classic multimedia collaboration with experimental filmmaker Godfrey Reggio is a prescient mediation on the imbalance between humans and our environment. In the D.C. premiere of the film, the Philip Glass Ensemble makes its eagerly anticipated Kennedy Center debut, performing the score live.

Leonard Bernstein at 100

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Bernstein on Broadway

Fri, Sep 22

The Kennedy Center presents a special one-night-only celebration of the indelible and lasting impact Bernstein's work had on American culture through the Broadway stage.

NSO Opening Nite

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert

Sun, Sep 24

Gianandrea Noseda leads cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo in a tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein that includes the composer's Overture to Candide, "Three Meditations" from Mass, "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story, and a selection of vocal works.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Carpenter plays Copland / Favorites by Bernstein & Adams

Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2017

Cristian Macelaru conducts an all-American program featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, pairing Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Slatkin conducts Bernstein / Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

Nov 2 - Nov 4, 2017

Former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads two Bernstein compositions: the lively fanfare Slava! A Political Overture and Songfest, a tribute to American perspectives and writers. He concludes with Stravinsky's legendary ballet score, The Rite of Spring.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

National Symphony Orchestra: Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" / Ravel's Bolero

Jan 11 - Jan 13, 2018

Yutaka Sado leads a tribute of works composed or conducted by Bernstein, with whom Sado studied conducting. The program includes Rossini's Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, and Ravel's Boléro.

American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream / Works by Ratmansky, Scarlett & Wheeldon

Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2018

ABT's starry roster of dancers is just one of many assets fueling its ever-growing fan base. Another is Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, who keeps our audiences in a state of awe. The company performs a stunning lineup of works, including the D.C. premiere of Ratmansky's full-length story ballet Whipped Cream. 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leonard Bernstein, His World Through Music

Tue, Feb 6

As part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, in collaboration with pianist Justin Snyder and Leonard Bernstein's son Alexander, bring a captivating evening of the late legend's vocal and piano music, enriched with personal reminiscences, illuminating commentary, and illustrative video and photographs.

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NSO Pops: West Side Story in Concert

Feb 14 - Feb 17, 2018

NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads three concert performances of Bernstein's cherished musical take on Romeo & Juliet. Soloists will be announced in the coming months.

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Martins & Peck / Robbins Centennial Program

Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2018

New York City Ballet returns with two sensational repertory programs for its annual appearance, including a program to celebrate the centennials of Jerome Robbins, one of the most influential dance-makers in the company's history, and legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. It also presents three works by NYCB's George Balanchine and Peter Martins's Zakouski, while Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck offers the Kennedy Center premiere of a brand new piece.

Photo Credit: Glimmerglass Opera’s Candide photo by Karli Cadel

Washington National Opera: Candide

May 5 - May 26, 2018

In Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through an effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "Make Our Garden Grow" and "Glitter and Be Gay."

Terrace Theater Re-Opening

Jason Moran and Q-Tip

Jason Moran & Q-Tip

Fri, Oct 6

Two of the Kennedy Center's dynamic artistic partners, DJ and rapper Q-Tip and jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, explore contemporary sounds at the crossroads of their respective genres in this one-night only collaborative concert.

Lotus: Tap Stars with Joseph Webb, Baakari Wilder, Omar Edwards, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derik Grant, Dulé Hill, and Jason Samuels Smith

Lotus: Tap Stars Reunite to Celebrate the Art Form

Sat, Oct 7

Seven award-winning tap dancing artists, connected through their Broadway background in Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, reunite for a night of performances choreographed to honor the roots of tap dance, their predecessors, and each other, all to live jazz music.

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Fall Concert

Sun, Oct 8

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a fall concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

Celebrate Chamber Music

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: 2-4-6-8! A Chamber Music Celebration by the Numbers

Thu, Oct 12

Today's brightest artists perform a duet (2!), a quartet (4!), a sextet (6!), and an octet (8!) in a thrilling program curated and played in part by our own artistic director Joesph Kalichstein. He is joined by NSO pianist Lisa Emenheiser and two of today's most notable foursomes: the Emerson String Quartet and the Dover Quartet.

Christian McBride and Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Renée Fleming & Christian McBride

Fri, Oct 13

Fleming pairs her radiant vocals with the iconic jazz sounds of four-time Grammy Award–winning bassist Christian McBride.

Lee Konitz

Lee Konitz @ 90

Sat, Oct 14

Celebrate the 90th birthday of saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz (born October 13, 1927) with his trio as they perform selections from two new Impulse! Records, released in 2017.

Sphinx

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sphinx Virtuosi

Sun, Oct 15

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this exciting program offers a collection of concerti through the ages. The program has something for both seasoned listeners as well as young and new audiences, and showcases tremendous variety in languages and styles.

Japanese Connections

Japanese Connections: featuring Kazunori Kumagai and Yumi Kurosawa

Wed, Oct 18

Tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa join forces to pay tribute to the connection forged between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original opening of the Terrace Theater.

DEMO I: Jerome Robbins – American Dance Genius

DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Jerome Robbins--American Dance Genius

Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017

A stellar cast celebrates the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins's centennial in a rehearsal-style performance hosted by Damian, who worked closely with Robbins during his career at NYCB. This special DEMO will explore the magnificent repertory created for ballet and Broadway, from Fancy Free to West Side Story, revealing the work behind the work of one of America's greatest dance visionaries.

Ron Carter

Ron Carter

Fri, Oct 27

Award-winning bassist and NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter returns to the Kennedy Center for a performance with his own group.

Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems

Sun, Oct 29

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and three featured singers offer a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection that explores this historical moment.

Cynthia Erivo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Cynthia Erivo

Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017

The British actress known for her inspiring Tony-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple showcases her powerhouse voice for two remarkable evenings.

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Christian McBride and Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Renée Fleming & Christian McBride

Fri, Oct 13

Fleming pairs her radiant vocals with the iconic jazz sounds of four-time Grammy Award–winning bassist Christian McBride.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Sat, Oct 14

Following his acclaimed performance at the 2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, Leslie Odom Jr. returns to showcase the remarkable talent that also won him that year's Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for his performance as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton.

Cynthia Erivo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Cynthia Erivo

Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017

The British actress known for her inspiring Tony-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple showcases her powerhouse voice for two remarkable evenings.

Barbara Hannigan

Renée Fleming VOICES: Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

Tue, Nov 14

Barbara Hannigan is a Canadian soprano and conductor, and one of the world's leading performers of contemporary opera. She is joined for a fantastic evening of music by prolific and respected Dutch conductor, pianist, and composer Reinbert de Leeuw.

Angelique Kidjo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Angélique Kidjo

Thu, Nov 30

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Awardwinning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva."

Ute Lemper

Renée Fleming VOICES: Ute Lemper's Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Fri, Mar 16

The German singer and actress renowned for her interpretations of the work of Kurt Weill performs a collection of songs that journey through Europe and Argentina, featuring the Vogler Quartet.

Isobel leonard

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Isabel Leonard in Recital

Sun, Apr 15

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano precedes her turn as Rosina in Washington National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville with an intimate concert. The Grammy-winning, operatic superstar brings her gorgeous voice to a glorious evening of story and song.

Gregory Porter

NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Wed, Jun 27

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter returns for an exciting evening of jazz.

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox

Jukebox: Mouse on Mars

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mouse on Mars

Wed, Nov 15

Renowned German electronica duo Mouse on Mars brings its visionary sound to the Kennedy Center in a visceral event combining live electronica and acoustic instruments. Widely acknowledged as the heirs to Kraftwerk, Mouse on Mars makes a rare D.C. appearance.

Jukebox: Ear/Eye

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Ear / Eye

Fri, Dec 8

The intersection of music and imagery will be explored in this multimedia performance, from the beautiful textures of Timo Andres's response to pen-and-ink abstractions to Anna Clyne's industrial response to a film about the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge. A featured work by Marcos Balter pairs startling musical sonorities with Italian design imagery of the 1970s, and the evening also includes Jacob Cooper's moody Ripple the Sky, a piece inspired by the mental illness of Robert Schumann.

Jukebox: California Mystics

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: California Mystics

Sun, Mar 11

A journey in ambience, rhythm, and texture featuring composers from California's past and present. Using Bedouin-inspired tenting and pillows, the Atrium will be transformed into an immersive and inviting environment to explore works by Lou Harrison, Steve Reich, Nathaniel Stookey, and Mason Bates.

Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Thu, Mar 15

After a successful sold-out engagement in 2016, Mason Bates's signature event, Mercury Soul, returns to Washington for another custom blend of live electronica, classical music, DJing, and visual art, creating a cutting-edge, immersive dance club within the Kennedy Center.

Jukebox: JFK Jukebox

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: JFK Jukebox

Wed, Apr 25

In celebration of President Kennedy, KC Jukebox presents a program of music informed by the Civil Rights movement, from a haunting string quartet by Carlos Simon--Elegy: A Cry From the Grave, dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power--to a special performance by David T. Little's band, Newspeak. The evening's featured piece is The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos by recently rediscovered visionary Julius Eastman.

National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Opening Nite

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert

Sun, Sep 24

Gianandrea Noseda leads cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo in a tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein that includes the composer's Overture to Candide, "Three Meditations" from Mass, "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story, and a selection of vocal works.

Marceliru/ Carpenter

National Symphony Orchestra: Carpenter plays Copland / Favorites by Bernstein & Adams

Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2017

Cristian Macelaru conducts an all-American program featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, pairing Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.

Arabella Steinbacher

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's Seventh Symphony / Steinbacher plays Brahms

Oct 5 - Oct 7, 2017

Frequent NSO guest Nathalie Stutzmann conducts a concentrated taste of late 19th-century music with Lalo's Overture from Le roi d'Ys, Brahms's Violin Concerto featuring Arabella Steinbacher, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7.

mena/ohlsson

National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" Symphony / Ohlsson plays Barber

Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2017

Conductor Juanjo Mena pairs Tchaikovsky's stirring "Pathétique" Symphony with Barber's Pulitzer Prize–winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson. The program also includes the ghostly Auditorium by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

slatkin/ stravinsky

National Symphony Orchestra: Slatkin conducts Bernstein / Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

Nov 2 - Nov 4, 2017

Former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads two Bernstein compositions: the lively fanfare Slava! A Political Overture and Songfest, a tribute to American perspectives and writers. He concludes with Stravinsky's legendary ballet score, The Rite of Spring.

Noseda/ Beethoveen

National Symphony Orchestra: Borrowed from Baroque: Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony & more

Nov 9 - Nov 11, 2017

Gianandrea Noseda showcases three pieces that reach into the past and feature Baroque styles in distinct and innovative ways: Webern's Passacaglia, Dallapiccola's Partita, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.

Noseda Bar JOsef

National Symphony Orchestra: Tastes of Italy, France & Spain: Classics by Respighi, Chausson, Gershwin & Falla

Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2017

Take a tour of Europe through works heavily inspired by Italy, France, and Spain. Gianandrea Noseda explores Respighi's Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), Chausson's Poème, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts The Artist Abroad: Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2017

Gianandrea Noseda examines three composers through the lens of their lives away from home. Britten's Matinées musicales and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances highlight pieces written in America, while soloist Yuja Wang conquers Prokofiev's Paris-penned Piano Concerto No. 5.

NSO Handel's Messiah

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel's cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

National Symphony Orchestra: Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" / Ravel's Bolero

Jan 11 - Jan 13, 2018

Yutaka Sado leads a tribute of works composed or conducted by Bernstein, with whom Sado studied conducting. The program includes Rossini's Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, and Ravel's Boléro.

Eschenbach Josefowicz

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Schumann & Brahms / Josefowicz plays Knussen

Jan 25 - Jan 27, 2018

Christopher Eschenbach conducts Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony, both linked by religious themes. The program also features violinist Leila Josefowicz in Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto as part of Josefowicz's Kennedy Center residency.

Lintu/ Gershiwn

National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky's The Tempest

Feb 1 - Feb 3, 2018

Pianist Kirill Gerstein shines in Rachmaninoff's charged Piano Concerto No. 2 on an all-Russian program. Conductor Hannu Lintu also pays homage to Tchaikovsky through the composer's The Tempest and Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss, a work written in Tchaikovsky's memory.

Gabel/ Gerhard

National Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony / Gerhardt plays Bloch

Feb 8 - Feb 10, 2018

Fabien Gabel conducts a program inspired by nonmusical sources, from a heartbreaking love poem to World War II politics to the book of Ecclesiastes. He leads Dukas's Overture to Polyeucte, Bloch's Schelomo featuring cellist Alban Gerhardt, Rachmaninoff's The Rock, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9.

Jankiw

National Symphony Orchestra: Jankowski conducts Brahms's First Symphony / Jackiw plays Bruch

Feb 22 - Feb 24, 2018

Known for his skill with the core classical repertoire, conductor Marek Janowski leads Bruch's electrifying First Violin Concerto featuring the NSO debut of Stefan Jackiw. The program also includes Brahms's Beethoven-influenced Symphony No. 1.

Runnicles/ Mahler

National Symphony Orchestra: Runnicles conducts Mahler's Tenth Symphony

Mar 1 - Mar 3, 2018

Donald Runnicles returns to lead Mahler's Symphony No. 10, a moving work sketched in the wake of his daughter's death and completed after his own. This posthumous entry continues the NSO's multi-season Mahler exploration.

Noseda/ Adams

National Symphony Orchestra: John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Mar 8 - Mar 10, 2018

In celebration of John Adams's 70th birthday year, Gianandrea Noseda conducts The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Adams's expansive composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra depicting Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.

Noseda Bronfman

National Symphony Orchestra: Dancing on the Danube: Bronfman, Brahms & more

Mar 15 - Mar 18, 2018

Gianandrea Noseda leads Yefim "Fima" Bronfman in Brahms's monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 in this program that also explores the spirit of dance in Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic through dance music by Brahms, R. Strauss, Kodály and Dvorák.

Noseda/ Verdi

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem

Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem, a spectacular masterpiece composed in memory of an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi deeply admired. Pairing striking trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments, Requiem is a legendary musical experience.

Josefowicz

National Symphony Orchestra: A Portrait & a Frame: Works by Stravinsky, Mozart & W.F. Bach

Apr 19 - Apr 21, 2018

Gianandrea Noseda presents a portrait of Stravinsky's complex artistry through his Symphonies of Wind Instruments and his Violin Concerto featuring Leila Josefowicz. Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in F minor and Symphony No. 39 bookend the portrait with a classical frame.

Mark Elder

National Symphony Orchestra: Elder conducts Strauss's Ein Heldenleben / Haydn's Symphony No. 80

May 3 - May 4, 2018

Sir Mark Elder offers a musical biography of Richard Strauss, pairing his triumphant and famously autobiographical Ein Heldenleben with his earlier, more intimate Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments. The program also includes an interlude of Haydn's Symphony No. 80.

Sir Mark Elder conducts the NSO

National Symphony Orchestra: Elder conducts Vaughan Williams's "Pastoral Symphony" / Ravel's Ma mère l'oye

May 10 - May 12, 2018

For his second week with the NSO, Sir Mark Elder unites the works of three First World War-era composers and contemporaries. The program includes Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody, Vaughan Williams's "A Pastoral Symphony," and Ravel's Mother Goose and Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.

noseda ehnes

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Variations on Bach / Brahms's Fourth Symphony / Ehnes plays Berg

May 17 - May 19, 2018

In his final concerts of the season, Gianandrea Noseda leads a program unified by J.S. Bach. The program includes Berio's take on Bach's unfinished Contrapunctus XIX, plus two more Bach-influenced works: Berg's Violin Concerto featuring James Ehnes and Brahms's Symphony No. 4.

Eschenbach/ Foster

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony / Walton's Viola Concerto

Jun 7 - Jun 9, 2018

The first of Christoph Eschenbach's trio of programs concluding the NSO's classical season includes R. Strauss' Potpourri from The Silent Woman and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. The program also features NSO Principal Viola Daniel Foster in Walton's Viola Concerto.

Eschenbach Stovall

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Fourth Symphony / Mozart's Oboe Concerto

Jun 12 - Jun 13, 2018

Christoph Eschenbach's second program of his late-season trio includes Beethoven's splendid Symphony No. 4, Mozart's fascinating Oboe Concerto featuring NSO Principal Oboe Nick Stovall, and overtures to Rossini's William Tell and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Eschenbach Pereira

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Haydn's "Oxford" Symphony / R. Strauss's First Horn Concerto

Jun 15 - Jun 16, 2018

Christoph Eschenbach concludes the NSO's classical season with a program of Haydn's exuberant "Oxford" Symphony, plus Mozart's A Little Night Music, Wagner's Prelude to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, and R. Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 featuring NSO Principal Horn Abel Pereira.

Washington National Opera

San Francisco Opera’s Aida.

Washington National Opera: Aida

Sep 9 - Sep 23, 2017

The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi's towering, impassioned epic. Featuring striking sets and costumes inspired by visionary artist RETNA, Aida is a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control.

WNO Alcina

Washington National Opera: Alcina

Nov 4 - Nov 19, 2017

Welcome to the island of illusions--where a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction is about to fall prey to the enchantment of love. This new production is WNO's first-ever staging of Handel's masterful baroque opera, with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every role.

WNO Young Artist Alcina

Washington National Opera: The Domingo Cafritz Young Artists starring in Alcina

Sat, Nov 18

For one performance only, WNO's talented Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists take over all of the lead roles in Handel's spellbinding opera about an island sorceress whose powers of seduction are put to the test by true love.

The Little Prince

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children's Chorus.

Proving Up AOI Hourlong Opera

Washington National Opera: Proving Up, a New Hour-Long Opera part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

Jan 19 - Jan 21, 2018

A group of Nebraska families struggles to claim their land under the Homestead Act in this world premiere opera from composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek (Opera Philadelphia's huge success story Breaking the Waves) based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell.

AOI 20 minute operas

Washington National Opera: Three New 20-Minute Operas, part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

Sat, Jan 20

Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team. This season's distinguished mentors include composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell, and conductor George Manahan.

WNO Marian Anderson

2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: John Holiday in Recital

Thu, Feb 15

This year's winner, gifted counter-tenor John Holiday, has been hailed by the New York Times as "an exceptional singer with a strong voice, even in its highest range."

Photo Credit: Opera Philadelphia’s Don Carlo.

Washington National Opera: Don Carlo

Mar 3 - Mar 17, 2018

Family ties fray and unravel in Verdi's spectacle of forbidden passion, political intrigue, and shattering betrayal set at the height of the Spanish Empire. More than 20 years have passed since WNO last staged this grand masterpiece in four acts, and now a solid-gold cast heralds its return in this stunning new production.

Photo Credit: San Francisco Opera’s The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cory Weaver.

Washington National Opera: The Barber of Seville

Apr 28 - May 19, 2018

"Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy--one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure.

Photo Credit: Glimmerglass Opera’s Candide photo by Karli Cadel

Washington National Opera: Candide

May 5 - May 26, 2018

In Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through an effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "Make Our Garden Grow" and "Glitter and Be Gay."

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Celebrate Chamber Music

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: 2-4-6-8! A Chamber Music Celebration by the Numbers

Thu, Oct 12

Today's brightest artists perform a duet (2!), a quartet (4!), a sextet (6!), and an octet (8!) in a thrilling program curated and played in part by our own artistic director Joesph Kalichstein. He is joined by NSO pianist Lisa Emenheiser and two of today's most notable foursomes: the Emerson String Quartet and the Dover Quartet.

Sphinx

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sphinx Virtuosi

Sun, Oct 15

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this exciting program offers a collection of concerti through the ages. The program has something for both seasoned listeners as well as young and new audiences, and showcases tremendous variety in languages and styles.

KLR Trio

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Tue, Nov 7

Hailed as "the greatest piano trio on the face of the Earth" (The Washington Post), Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson dazzle audiences once again with a stunning program of Beethoven's most famous and beloved trios.

Leila Josefwicz in Recital

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leila Josefowicz in Recital

Sat, Nov 11

Renowned violinist and new music advocate Leila Josefowicz makes her exciting Fortas debut! Frequent collaborator John Novacek joins her for a program that truly shows the range of musical emotion, from one of Prokofiev's darkest and most brooding works, to an ethereal and lively contemporary work by Kaija Saariaho.

Cantus

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Cantus

Wed, Dec 6

This "intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) eight-member men's vocal ensemble is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances. Join the group for an exciting Christmas program.

Calidore String Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Calidore String Quartet

Wed, Jan 24

Heralded as "the epitome of confidence and finesse" (Gramophone Magazine), this American Quartet brings one of the most exciting programs from its repertoire, "Hungarian Spirit," which showcases the influence and contribution of Hungarian music and artists on the string quartet canon.

Leonard Bernstein

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leonard Bernstein, His World Through Music

Tue, Feb 6

As part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, in collaboration with pianist Justin Snyder and Leonard Bernstein's son Alexander, bring a captivating evening of the late legend's vocal and piano music, enriched with personal reminiscences, illuminating commentary, and illustrative video and photographs.

Tackaks Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Takács Quartet

Wed, Mar 21

Largely considered to be one of today's best string quartets, the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet "stands at the peak of its powers--at the peak of its profession" (The Boston Globe). Join them for an evening of classics by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Grieg played with fervor and imbued with fresh insight.

Dawn Upshaw

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dawn Upshaw and So Percussion

Thu, Apr 5

Five-time Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw is joined by today's leading percussion ensemble, So Percussion. This contemporary pairing brings an exciting freshness to our season with an evening that includes a brand new work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw.

Isobel leonard

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Isabel Leonard in Recital

Sun, Apr 15

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano precedes her turn as Rosina in Washington National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville with an intimate concert. The Grammy-winning, operatic superstar brings her gorgeous voice to a glorious evening of story and song.

Stephen isserlis

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr

Mon, Apr 23

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis brings a special Baroque program to our newly re-opened theater. He is accompanied by harpsichordist Richard Egarr and, in the authentic style of the period, plays a gut-string cello.

Isabel Faust

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Les Violons du Roy with Isabelle Faust

Thu, May 3

Masterpieces abound in this stirring all-Bach program! Acclaimed Canadian ensemble Les Violons du Roy welcomes guest soloist Isabelle Faust, renowned for her musical talent and deep understanding of a composer's intentions.

Christoph Eschenbach

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: A Night of Schumann and Brahms with Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Members

Mon, Jun 11

Taking his talents from the podium to the piano, the National Symphony Orchestra's own Christoph Eschenbach is joined by four distinguished NSO musicians for an intimate evening of classic Schumann and Brahms works.

Special Concerts

Martha Argerich

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Martha Argerich

Wed, Oct 25

Iconic pianist, classical music legend, and recent Kennedy Center Honoree Martha Argerich returns to D.C. for an inspired concert with the famed Italian orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano.

The Kennedy Center

Lunar New Year 2018: China National Symphony Orchestra / Tan Dun, conductor

Thu, Feb 15

For the Kennedy Center's third year of festivities celebrating the Lunar New Year, Tan Dun returns to lead one of China's most outstanding professional symphony orchestras.

NSO Lang Lang Recital

Lang Lang in Recital (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

Sun, Feb 25

For one concert only, "the hottest artist on the classical music planet" (The New York Times) brings his dazzling piano talents to a diverse solo program of Liszt, Debussy, Albeniz, Granados, and Falla.

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SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Tue, Apr 10

This fascinating evening features two works inspired by literary connections: Bel Canto by Jimmy López is based on Ann Patchett's 2001 novel of the same name; Serenade by Leonard Bernstein is based on Plato's "Symposium." Also featured is RIFT, a symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne choreographed for six dancers on stage.

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SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras: Albany Symphony

Wed, Apr 11

This concert, "The River Flows Through Us," explores the history of upstate New York through the lens of bodies of water that surround and connect communities. The program features three works commissioned by the Albany Symphony, as well as Dorothy Chang's delightful mini-oratorio for children's chorus and orchestra, The Grand Erie Canal.

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SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Fri, Apr 13

The ISO's program reflects its mission of engaging performers of all ages, as well introducing classic and contemporary Polish works to the Orchestra and its audiences. Superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins the orchestra for a piece by Witold Lutos?awski. Also featured is the rarely heard Credo by Krzysztof Penderecki.

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SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras: National Symphony Orchestra

Sat, Apr 14

New Music Director Gianandrea Noseda takes a fresh look at the timeless themes of the end of life and what lies beyond. Included is renowned baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing Shostakovich's Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, examining Michaelangelo's poetry of art, love, exile, and death; From the Cradle to the Grave, Liszt's last tone poem; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, a breathtaking expression of hope.

KC Chamber Players

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Fall Concert

Sun, Oct 8

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a fall concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Winter Concert

Sun, Jan 28

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a winter concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Spring Concert

Sun, Mar 25

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a spring concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Summer Concert

Sun, Jun 10

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a summer concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

Explore the Arts

Making of Aida

The Making of Aida

Thu, Sep 7

Join WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello along with other members of the creative team of Aida for a discussion about bringing this new WNO production to the stage.

Peter Kazeras

Opera Master Class with Peter Kazaras

Thu, Sep 14

Observe pre-professional singers as they are guided in a master class by the acclaimed director, performer, and educator, who is also one of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 season.

The Kennedy Center

Master Class: Mariinsky Ballet

Mon, Oct 16

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Mariinsky Ballet.

The Kennedy Center

Open Rehearsal: Mariinsky Ballet

Tue, Oct 17

Join dance scholars for an insider's look at Mariinsky Ballet as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage.

Fancesca Zambello

Opera Master Class with Francesca Zambello

Thu, Nov 2

Observe the WNO Artistic Director, an internationally acclaimed director of theater and opera, as she leads this master class for pre-professional singers, accompanied by Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Director Robert Ainsley.

The Kennedy Center

Master Class: Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Mon, Nov 27

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

The Kennedy Center

Ballet 360°: The Choreographer and the Muse: The Extraordinary Relationship of George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell

Sat, Dec 9

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, explore the deep connection  between legendary choreographer George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.

Creating Proving UP

Creating an Opera: Proving Up with Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek

Mon, Jan 8

Join two of the most important new talents in American music--composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek--as they discuss creating their captivating tale of homesteading in the American West, as part of WNO's American Opera Initiative Festival.

The Kennedy Center

Open Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre

Tue, Jan 30

Join dance scholars for an insider's look at American Ballet Theatre as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage.

The Kennedy Center

Ballet 360°: American Ballet Theatre & the Ballets of Alexei Ratmansky

Sat, Feb 3

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, delve into Serenade after Plato's Symposium, Whipped Cream, and other ballets by Alexei Ratmansky, ABT's Artist in Residence.

The Kennedy Center

Master Class: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mon, Feb 5

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, Horton Technique class for adults is led by company members from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

ETA Don Carlo

Exploring Don Carlo with Philippe Auguin

Tue, Feb 6

Enjoy Don Carlo's return to the Kennedy Center after 17 years with a session led by the WNO Music Director, who takes us into the music to explore and deepen our knowledge of one of Guiseppe Verdi's mightiest creations.

Eric Ownes MC

Opera Master Class with Eric Owens

Thu, Mar 15

Observe the two-time Grammy winner--a star of WNO's Don Carlo and one of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 season--as he leads a master class for pre-professional singers.

The Kennedy Center

Master Class: Mark Morris Dance Group

Tue, Mar 20

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Mark Morris Dance Group.

The Kennedy Center

Master Class: New York City Ballet

Mon, Mar 26

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from New York City Ballet.

The Kennedy Center

Creative Movement with New York City Ballet

Sat, Mar 31

Experience New York City Ballet in a brand new way in this 75-minute movement workshops for adults with little or no dance training. NYCB dancers lead participants through a ballet warm-up and movement combinations inspired by repertory in the current season. Workshops also include a brief Q&A with the artists. 

The Kennedy Center

Ballet 360°: Robbins, Bernstein, and New York City Ballet

Sat, Apr 7

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, enjoy a discussion on Jerome Robbins's ballets set to Leonard Bernstein's music, including Fancy Free and West Side Story, two of their legendary collaborations.

The Kennedy Center

Master Class: Andersson Dance

Wed, Apr 25

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Andersson Dance.

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