The Kennedy Center

The Greatest Performers and Performances

Presenting more than 2,000 performances annually and nearly 2 million visitors, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America's busiest arts facility. The Kennedy Center presents the greatest performers in music, dance, and theater to the public. As part of the Kennedy Center's extentive Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, hundreds of free performances are offered every year featuring national and local artists. These outreach programs include daily concerts on the Millennium Stage, dozens of performances during the annual Open House Arts Festival, and seasonal music concerts in December as part of Holidays at the Kennedy Center.

Every year, 20 million people attend Kennedy Center touring productions such as Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour for young people and families or tune in to television broadcasts, including: The Kennedy Center Honors, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize.

1970's

1971-72 Season
Theater
Mass
A Doll's House
The Country Girl
Old Times
American College Theatre Festival IV

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
Istomin, Stern, Rose Trio
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Duke Ellington
D.C. Youth Orchestra

Opera
Beatrix Cenci
Falstaff
A Village Romeo and Juliet
Ariodante
New York City Opera

Dance
American Ballet Theatre
Alvin Ailey American Dance Company


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1972-73 Season
Theater
Pippin
Yerma
Emperor Henry IV
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Blacks

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
New York String Orchestra
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Dance
The Stuttgart Ballet

Special Events
Festival Of The Old and the New


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1973-74 Season
Theater
Macbeth
The Day After the Fair
Jumpers

Music
Leningrad Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
Tony Bennett
Mozart Festival

Dance
New York City Ballet
The Royal Ballet

Special Events
Shakespeare Festival: Dance and Drama


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1974-75 Season

Theater
Absurd Person Singular
London Assurance
The Member of the Wedding
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Of Mice and Men

Music
Virtuosi Di Roma
National Symphony Orchestra
The Berlin Philharmonic
Mstislav Rostropovich, pianist, & Galina Vishnevskaya, soprano
Pearl Bailey

Opera
Bolshoi Opera:
Boris Godunov

Eugene Onegin
Pique Dame
War and Peace
The Gambler

Dance
Bolshoi Ballet:
Spartacus

Ivan the Terrible


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1975-76 American Bicentennial Theater Season
Theater
The Skin of Our Teeth
The Scarecrow
Summer Brave
Sweet Bird Of Youth
The Royal Family
Pacific Overtures
A Long Day's Journey into Night
Hello, Dolly!
Rip Van Winkle
The Heiress
The Magnificent Yankee
A Texas Trilogy

Music
Sing America, Sing!
Haydn Festival
A Night In Old Vienna
Kentucky Bicentennial Concert
National Symphony Orchestra
Count Basie and his Orchestra

Opera
Treemonisha
Berlin Opera

Dance
Royal Danish Ballet

Special Events
Bicentennial Salute to the Performing Arts


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1976-77 Season

Theater
Annie
Absent Friends
Porgy and Bess

Music

Teatro alla Scala
Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra — La damnation de Faust
The Messiah Sing-Along
The Kennedy Center Handel Festival
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

National Symphony Orchestra — Three world premieres by American composers:
Miklós Rózsa's Tripartita, Gunther Schuller's Concerto for Orchestra, Ulysses Kay's Western Paradise

Opera
Teatro All Scala:
Verdi's Macbeth
La Bohème
La Cenerentola
Simon Boccanegra

Paris Opera:
Verdi's Otello
Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
Gounod's Faust.

Special Events
Pre-Inaugural Gala
Performances for Young Audiences


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1977-78 Season
Theater
Do You Turn Somersaults?
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
A Chorus Line
Victor Borge - Comedy With Music
First Monday in October
The Mighty Gents

Music
The Cleveland Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
Urban Philharmonic
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

Dance
Ballet Nacional de Cuba
London Festival Ballet


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1978-79 Season

Theater
Wings
On Golden Pond
Grand Kabuki of Japan
The Gin Game
Kobo Abe: The Little Elephant is Dead
Comedie Francaise
Peter Pan

Music
The Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards
André Watts
National Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem
Medieval to the Contemporary Chamber Music Festival
Ella Fitzgerald
L'orchestre De Paris and Chorus

Opera
Postcard From Morocco
The Impresario

Abu Hassan

Christopher Columbus

Il furioso all'isola de San Domingo


Special Events
Awards Week at the Kennedy Center
The First Kennedy Center Honors Gala

Terrace Theater Opening:
The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company
The Tokyo String Quartet
Theater Chamber Players

America Entertains Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping
Performances for Young Audiences


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1979-80 Season

Theater
British American Repertory Company — Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
The Acting Company — Elizabeth I, Broadway, and The White Devil
Night and Day
West Side Story
Clothes for a Summer Hotel
The Elephant Man
Da
Shanghai Acrobatic Theater from the People's Republic of China
42nd Street

Music
Kennedy Center-Rockefeller Foundation International Competitions for Excellence in the Performance of American Music (violin)
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Bulgarian Youth Orchestra and The D.C. Youth Orchestra

Opera
Vienna State Opera —Le nozze de Figaro and Ariadne auf Naxos
The Metropolitan Opera — L'elisir d'amore

Dance
Pennsylvania Ballet
Berlin Opera Ballet — The Idiot and The Nutcracker

Special Events
National Black Music Colloquium and Competition
The Second Kennedy Center Honors Gala — Aaron Copland, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Fonda, Martha Graham and Tennessee Williams.
Unima 1980 World Puppetry Festival

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1980's

1980-81 Season

Theater
Lunch Hour
Mixed Couples
The Little Foxes
Early Days
Annie

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
Isaac Stern's 60th Birthday Celebration
Aaron Copland's 80th Birthday Concert

The Kennedy Center Festival Of Festivals:
Carnegie Hall Festival Concerts
Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival
Aspen Music Festival

Opera
The Peking Opera - Monkey King Fights 18 Lo Hans
Willie Stark

Dance
Dance America Series
The Martha Graham Dance Company

Special Events
The Third Kennedy Center Honors Gala
Pre-Inaugural Gala Concert


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1981-82 Season
Theater
Mass
The Physicists
Emlyn Williams As Charles Dickens
These Are Women
Medea
Shiro
West Side Waltz
Ghosts

Music
Aaron Copland Concert
Mirielle Mathieu
Kool Jazz Festival

Opera
Washington Opera - The Rake's Progress, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, The Barber of Seville, Trial by Jury, Monsieur Choufleuri
Opera Orchestra of New York - Rienzi
A Bride from Pluto

Dance
Mazowsze

Special Events
The Fourth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Count Basie, Cary Grant, Helen Hayes, Jerome Robbins and Rudolf Serkin.
Napoleon
Broadway Plays Washington
Wolf Trap Benefit Gala


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1982-83 Season
Theater
Monday After the Miracle
On Your Toes
Showboat
You Can't Take It With You
National Theater Of The Deaf - Parzival, from the Horse's Mouth

Music

Guarneri String Quartet
Choruses Of The World
Concertgebouw Orchestra Of Amsterdam
Nacha Guevara
National Symphony Orchestra
Eubie Blake: A Century Of Music
Frank Sinatra in Concert

Opera

An Evening in Concert with Placido Domingo

Dance
Paul Taylor Dance Company - Mercuric Tidings, Lost, Found and Lost
Rudolf Nureyev and the Zurich Ballet - Manfred
Ballet West - Swan Lake
Roland Petit's Ballet National de Marseille - Notre Dame de Paris
Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians

Special Events
Scandinavia Today
The Fifth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - George Abbott, Lillian Gish, Benny Goodman, Gene Kelly and Eugene Ormandy
Performances for Young Audiences - The Tale of Peter Rabbit, A Bride From Pluto
USO Tribute to Bob Hope


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1983-84 Season
Theater
American Buffalo
The Golden Age
Noises Off
Agnes of God
Death of a Salesman
The American College Theatre Festival XVI
Oedipus Rex
Albert Einstein: The Practical Bohemian

Music
Richard Stoltzman
National Symphony Orchestra
United Nations Concert
Youth Orchestra Of Ireland
John F. Kennedy Commemorative Concert
Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy & violinist Itzhak Perlman
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Laurie Anderson
Palm Sunday Bach Oratorio Weekend
Millennium

Opera
The Vienna Volksoper
A Quiet Place and Trouble In Tahiti

Dance
Houston Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty.

Special Events
The Sixth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Katherine Dunham, Elia Kazan, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart and Virgil Thompson
The John Curry Skating Company
A Salute To Roy Acuff


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1984-85 Season
Theater
Jerry's Girls
Zorba
Nest of the Wood Grouse
Royal Shakespeare Compan - Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac
The Acting Company - As You Like It
My One And Only
The Count of Monte Cristo
Chicago Season
The Trojan Women
The Grand Kabuki
The Iceman Cometh

Music
Northern Sinfonia Of England
The King's Singers
Washington Bach Consort
National Symphony Orchestra
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Andreas Vollenweider

Opera
Giulio Cesare

Dance
Jazz Tap Ensemble
San Fransisco Ballet

Special Events

The Seventh Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Lena Horne, Danny Kaye, Gian Carlo Menotti, Arthur Miller, and Isaac Stern
Summer Entertainment '85 - Loretta Lynn, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, the Pointer Sisters and Victor Borge.


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1985-86 Season

Theater
Lillian
A Seagull
Aren't We All?
Idiot's Delight
Hay Fever
The Haifa Municipal Theatre of Israel - Ghetto and The Soul of a Jew
Orchards
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
Carousel

Music
The Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards
Dame Joan Sutherland
Singing Christmas Tree
The Desert Music
Music of Black American Composers
Dresden Chamber Orchestra
Franz Liszt Centennial Celebration

Dance
The Erick Hawkins Dance Company
Houston Ballet - The Miraculous Mandarin
The Central Ballet Of China
American Ballet Theatre -
Paris Opera Ballet - Swan Lake.

Special Events
Bill Cosby
The Eighth Kennedy Center Honors Gala -Merce Cunningham, Irene Dunne, Bob Hope, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, and Beverly Sills.
A Good Life


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1986-87 Season
Theater
Vienna Lusthaus
Queenie Pie
A Raisin in the Sun
The Perfect Party
Les Miserables
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Mikado
Citizen Tom Paine
A Child Is Waiting
Of Thee I Sing
Let 'Em Eat Cake
My Gene

Music
Dezso Ranki
National Symphony Orchestra
The Christmas Story
Janos Starker
Kiri Te Kanawa

Opera
Goya
The Coronation Of Poppea
Deidamia

Dance
The National Ballet Of Canada
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Mark Morris Dance Group
Bolshoi Ballet

Special Events
The Ninth Kennedy Center Honors Gala
Mstislav Rostropovich 60th Birthday Gala


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1987-88 Season
Theater
Breaking the Code
Mail
Utamaro
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
San Francisco Mime Troupe - The Mozamgola Caper
Wenceslas Square

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
European Community Youth Orchestra - Alto Rhapsody
An Evening of Music by Ben Johnson

Opera
Jorma Hynninen
Nixon in China

Dance
Dance Gala
Nina Wiener And Dancers
The Joffrey Ballet
The Royal Danish Ballet - Napoli

Special Events
The Tenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Perry Como, Bette Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nathan Milstein, and Alwin Nikolais
George Coates Performance Works - Actual Sho


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1988-89 Season

Theater
Sullivan and Gilbert
Driving Miss Daisy
Largely/New York
Steel Magnolias
Paul Robeson
Puss In Boots
King of Hearts
Speed-the-Plow
The World According to Me
Into the Woods
The Road to Mecca
Gypsy

Music
The American Romantics
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Barbara Cook
National Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Vladimir Feltsman

Opera
Joan Sutherland
The Washington Opera - La Forza del destino, The Postman Always Rings Twice
La Gran Scena Opera Company
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Dance
Nikolais Dance Theatre
San Francisco Ballet - Swan Lake
London Festival Ballet - Romeo and Juliet
The Kirov Ballet - Le Corsaire
David Gordon/Pick-Up Company

Special Events
The Eleventh Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Alvin Ailey, George Burns, Myrna Loy, Alexander Schneider, and Roger L. Stevens



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1989-90 Season

Theater
A Few Good Men
The Piano Lesson
Amahl And the Night Visitors
A Tuna Christmas
Stardust - A Musical Romance
The Wind in the Willows
Sarafina!

Music
Peter Serkin
Red Army Ensemble
National Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Songs from Sesame Street with Maria & Luis

Opera
The Washington Opera - The Merry Wives of Windsor, Werther, The Auspern Papers, Aida, Die Fledermaus

Dance
The Joffrey Ballet - Cotillon, Le Sacre du Printemps
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Ballet National De Marseille Roland Petit - Ma Pavlova
Boston Ballet - Romeo and Juliet
Spanish Dance Theatre
Jazz and Tap - Black and Blue
The Australian Ballet

Special Events
The Twelvth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Harry Belafonte, Claudette Colbert, Alexandra Danilova, Mary Martin, and William Schuman

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1990's

1990-91 Season

Theater
Lend Me A Tenor
Grand Hotel, The Musical
Lucifer's Child

The Heidi Chronicles
The Phantom of the Opera

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
Coleman Blumfield
José Feghali
Chamber Artists of Washington
New York Philharmonic
Music of Duke Ellington
Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell & Vladimir Ashkenazy
Santa Fe Chamber Ensemble
Tokyo String Quartet

Opera
The Washington Opera - Salome, La Bohème, Manon, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, King Arthur,The Saint of Bleeker Street

Dance
San Francisco Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty
American Ballet Theatre - Coppelia
The Royal Ballet - Swan Lake
Erick Hawkins Dance Company

Special Events
The Thirteenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Dizzy Gillespie, Katharine Hepburn, Risë Stevens, Jule Styne, and Billy Wilder

The Texas Festival at the Kennedy Center:

    In The West
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Eduardo Montemayor's Ballet Fantasia Española
    Rosa Guerrero International Folkorico
    Houston Ballet
    Camp Logan
    A Night Of Texas Songs And Songwriters

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1991-92 Season

Theater
Tru
Two Trains Running
The Shadow of a Gunman
Bye Bye Birdie
Savage Land
Solitary Confinement
Once on This Island

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
I Solisti di Zagreb
Evelyn Glennie
Misha Dichter and Cipa Dichter
Washington, D.C., Mozart Festival
Carmen Balthrop
Leontyne Price
Paris Winds with Pascal Rogé
Mahlathini & the Mohtella Queens
Dawn Upshaw

Opera
The Washington Opera - The Savage Land, The Flying Dutchman, Don Carlo, Don Giovanni

Dance
Ballet West
The Kirov Ballet
Stars Of The Bolshoi Ballet
David Parsons Dance Company
Pacific Northwest Ballet - American Gesture, Serious Pleasures

Special Events
Something New at the Kennedy Center
The Fourteenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Roy Acuff, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Fayard Nicholas, Harold Nicholas, Gregory Peck, and Robert Shaw.

Kennedy Center Performances for Young Audiences: National Dance Institute

The Kennedy Center Tribute to Germany:
The Stuttgart Ballet
Berlin Cabaret
Dresden Staatskapelle
Windsbacher Knabenchor


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1992-93 Season

Theater
Marvin's Room
The Secret Garden
Ballet du Rhin
Guys and Dolls
Oleanna
The World Goes 'Round
Twilight of the Golds

Music
Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards
National Symphony Orchestra
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Music of Benny Goodman
Dorothy Donegan
Musicians from Marlboro
The Sounds of Blackness
Evgeny Kissin
Pamela Frank
James Tocco
Christòpheren Nomura

Opera
The Washington Opera - Turandot, The Cunning Little Vixen, Otello, The Tsar's Bride, The Pearl Fishers, Don Pasquale, La Cenerentola

Dance
The National Ballet of Canada - Taming of the Shrew
Molissa Fenley
Mark Morris
The Joffrey Ballet - Nutcracker
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company
Dance Theatre of Harlem

France Danse:
Plaisir d'Offrir/Michele Kelemenis
Copagnie de Hexe/Mathilde Monnier
Paris Opera Ballet
Compagnie Preljocaj
Compagnie Bagouet

Special Events
The Fifteenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Lionel Hampton, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ginger Rogers, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Paul Taylor.

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1993-94 Season
Theater
The Kentucky Cycle
The Lolly Foster Daredevil Airshow
Three Hotels
The Will Rogers Follies
Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect
The Sisters Rosensweig
The Winter's Tale
Miss Saigon
The Reduced Shakespeare Company

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
Desperados Steel Orchestra
The Guarneri Quartet
Orion Quartet
The Martin Williams Jazz Series
Maria Tipo
Barbara Cook
Paul Badura-Skoda
The Academy of Ancient Music
Cecelia Bartoli
Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center

Opera
The Washington Opera - Anna Bolena, Un Ballo in Maschera, Madama Butterfly, The Dream of Valentino, The Daughter of the Regiment

Dance
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Boston Ballet - In the Upper Room
Lewitzky Dance Company
The Royal Ballet
Dance Theatre of Harlem
San Francisco Ballet

Special Events
A Talk With Laurie Anderson
Light From Within, The Arts of Japan

The Sixteenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Johnny Carson, Arthur Mitchell, Georg Solti, Stephen Sondheim, and Marion Williams.


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1994-95 Season

Theater
Flyin' West
Black Nativity
Tommy
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Crazy for You
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Angels in America

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Washington Chamber Symphony
Julia Migenes
Aulos Ensemble with Julianne Baird
The Kennedy Center Messiah Sing-Along
Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
A Cappella All-Stars
Wynton Marsalis
Mozart: A Summer Music Festival

Opera
The Washington Opera - The Bartered Bride

Dance
The Australian Ballet
Pennsylvania Ballet
Ghettoriginal Productions
American Ballet Theatre
Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit
Young Uck-Kim Recital with Dance
Miami City Ballet

Special Events
The Kennedy Center Festival Australia:
Chamber Made Opera: Medea
Circus Oz
An Evening with Zoe Caldwell
Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Company
Michael Kieran Harvey
Australian Films (AFI Theater)
Readings by Australian Authors (Library & Theater Lab)

The Seventeenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Kirk Douglas, Aretha Franklin, Morton Gould, Harold Prince, and Pete Seeger.

The Art of the Samurai: Flashing Swords and Fighting Kites

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1995-96 Season

Theater
Hello, Dolly!
Master Class
Three Tall Women
State Fair
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Nomathemba
Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

Opera
The Washington Opera - Luisa Miller, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Der Rosenkavalier

Dance
America Dancing
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
Suzanne Farrell Stages Balanchine
Martha Graham Dance Company
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
American Ballet Theatre

Special Events
The Eighteenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Jacques d'Amboise, Marilyn Horne, Riley B.B. King, Sidney Poitier, and Neil Simon.

The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala: A Salute to the Performing Arts

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1996-97 Season
Theater
Mrs. Klein
Damn Yankees
Golden Child
The King and I
Valley Song
The Phantom of the Opera

By Jeeves

Music
National Symphony Orchestra with Bobby McFerrin
National Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin

Opera
The Washington Opera - Il Guarany and La Boheme.

Dance
America Dancing
American Ballet Theatre - Romeo and Juliet.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Garth Fagan Dance

Special Events
The Kennedy Center 25th Birthday Open House Arts Festival
The Nineteenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Edward Albee, Benny Carter, Johnny Cash, Jack Lemmon, and Maria Tallchief.

Millennium Stage - debuted March 1997


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1997-98 Season
Theater
Neil Simon's Proposals
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Dreamgirls
Brothers of the Knight
Showboat
Royal Shakespeare Company - Hamlet and Cymbeline

Music
A Celebration of America's Music - hosted by Bill Cosby.
NSO Caribbean Festival

Opera
The Washington Opera - Romeo and Juliette, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni.

Dance
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
Tribute to the Solo
American Ballet Theatre - Coppélia, Pillar of Fire, Theme and Variations.

Special Events
Millennium Stage
The Kennedy Center Open House: A Salute to the Circus
The Twentieth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, Charlton Heston, Jessye Norman, and Edward Villella.

The Kennedy Center Art of the State "Israel at 50: A Celebration of Statehood" Festival


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1998-1999 Season

Theater
The Captain's Tiger
The Magic Fire
Annie Get Your Gun
The Gin Game
Red, White and Tuna
The Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete Millennium Musical (Abridged)
Titanic

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
Duke Ellington 100th Anniversary
The Americanos Concert: A Celebration of Latin Music

Opera
The Washington Opera - Fedora, Samson et Dalila, Simon Boccanegra, Boris Godunov, Tristan und Isolde

Dance
American Ballet Theater - The Merry Widow, Fancy Free, Pillar of Fire, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
The Stanislavsky Ballet -The Nutcracker, Swan Lake
Dance Theater of Harlem
Philadanco
Royal Swedish Ballet

Special Events
The Twenty-first Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Bill Cosby , John Kander & Fred Ebb, Willie Nelson, André Previn, and Shirley Temple (Black)

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1999-2000 Season

Theater
Side Man
Wit
Art
The Dinner Party

Music
National Symphony Orchestra
New Year's Eve with Billy Taylor and Friends
Leif Ove Andsnes, pianist
Dame Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Group
Cho-Liang Lin and André Michel Schub
Miró String Quartet with violist Donald Weilerstein

Opera
The Washington Opera - Le Cid, Rigoletto, Susannah, Julius Caesar, Tosca, Otello, I Puritani
Martin Guerre

Dance
Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th Century Ballet
American Ballet Theatre - Swan Lake, Variations on a Theme by Haydn
The Houston Ballet - Dracula
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Bolshoi Ballet - Romeo and Juliet,Don Quixote

Special Events
The Twenty-second Kennedy Center Honors Gala - Victor Borge, Sean Connery, Judith Jamison, Jason Robards, Stevie Wonder.

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2000's

2000-2001 Season

Theater

James Joyce's The Dead
Blast!
August Wilson's King Hedley II
A Servant to Two Masters
The Mill on the Floss
Lulu
Spoonface Steinberg

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Ballet
Balanchine Celebration
American Ballet Theatre in Sleeping Beauty
The Royal Ballet in La Fille Mal Gardée
Miami City Ballet in Jewels
American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

Modern Dance
Twyla Tharp Dance
David Parsons Dance Company
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Dairakudakan
Brenda Angiel Dance Company
Josef Nadj Dance Company

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts
Claude Frank and Pamela Frank
Håkan Hagegård
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Mediterraneo Piano Trio
Emmanuel Pahud and Ensemble Haydn Berlin
Phantasm
Octeto Academico de Caracas
Orion String Quartet with Peter Serkin
The Nash Ensemble of London

National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Festival
British Festival
Centennial Tribute to Aaron Copland
Baroque Festival

The 2000-2001 NSO Guest Artists include: Marilyn Horne, Richard Stoltzman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Evelyn Glennie, André Watts, Radu Lupu, Akiko Suwanai, Audra McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Garrick Ohlsson, Hilary Hahn, Horacio Gutiérrez, and Christian Zacharias.

Jazz
The 2000-2001 Season included these Jazz events and guest artists: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio, Benny Green Trio, Michael Wolff and Impure Thoughts, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, Geri Allen Trio, George Shearing Duo featuring Neil Swainson, Terence Blanchard, Andy Bey Trio, Etta Jones Trio, Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln.

Family Programming

Debbie Allen in Harriet's Return
The Great Quillow
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


International Programming
Tblisi Marionette Theater's The Battle of Stalingrad
Ping Chong's Kwaidan: Three Japanese Ghost Stories
UK/KC: The Kennedy Center Celebrates the Arts of the United Kingdom

Millennium Stage
Now in its 4th year! Free performances every day at 6 p.m.-365 days a year.

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2001-2002 Season
  • NSO

    National Symphony Orchestra: Journey to America
    January 31 2002–February 9 2002
    Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra performed a fascinating two-week festival showcasing the works of composers who followed their muse to America.

  • Sondheim Celebration

    Sondheim Celebration
    May 2002-September 2002
    The Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration made theater history as it celebrated one of theater’s great creative talents in a summer-long festival featuring six of Stephen Sondheim's most memorable musicals.

Theater
Stephen Sondheim Celebration
New Kennedy Center Productions of: Sweeney Todd, Company, Sunday in the Park with George,
Merrily We Roll Along, Passion
, and A Little Night Music.

Ballet
The Kirov Ballet
Ballet Nacional de Cuba
The Bolshoi Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Music
New National Theatre Tokyo production of Pacific Overtures
Barbara Cook—Mostly SondheimA Concert

National Productions
Copenhagen
Aida
Dirty Blonde
Cinderella
Cloudstreet


National Symphony Orchestra
Commissions and World Premieres by Tsontakis, Schwantner, Tower, Danielpour

The 2001-2002 NSO Guest Artists include: Frederica von Stade, Kyung Wha Chung, Mikhail Pletnev, Osmo Vänskä, Joshua Bell, Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway

Festivals: Drums Along the Potomac II & Journey to America: A Musical Immigration

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts
The 2001-2002 Fortas Season included these guest artists: Emanuel Ax with Yefim Bronfman, Ned Rorem and Joan Tower, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival , The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Modern Dance
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Lyon Opera Ballet

Jazz
The 2001-2002 Season included these Jazz events and guest artists: Billy Taylor's 80th Birthday Celebration, Russell Malone Quartet, Keiko Matsui, Dave Holland Quintet, Nnenna Freelon and Take 6, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

International Festivals
AmericArtes!

Commissions
Songs for a New Millennium: Portraits in Jazz (Cy Coleman and Alan and Marilyn Bergman)
Dana Tai Soon Burgess' Silk Road Dreams
Dear America / A Light in the Storm
Gary L. Blackwood's The Shakespeare Stealer
Ric Averill's The Emperor's New Clothes

Television
Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Kennedy Center Presents (PBS)
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (PBS)

Millennium Stage
Now in its 5th year! Free performances every day at 6 p.m.-365 days a year.

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2002-2003 Season
  • NSO

    National Symphony Orchestra Summer Concerts
    Summer 2003
    Wolf Trap under the stars...The Capitol on the Fourth of July…join the NSO for one of the many concerts they will be performing in and around Washington this summer.

  • International Ballet Festival

    International Ballet Festival
    March 4-16, 2003
    The finest dancers from the world's greatest companies...
    in two spectacular weeks of dance!

  • [Soundtracks: Music and Film.] Soundtracks: Music and Film
    January 2003

    Along with the National Symphony Orchestra, festival co-directors Leonard Slatkin and John Williams bring the music of the movies to the Concert Hall.

Theater
The Royal Shakespeare Company - As You Like It
Carmen Jones - The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic Excellence Presentation
Pacific Overtures
Tell Me on a Sunday
Stones in His Pockets

Ballet
International Ballet Festival:
American Ballet Theatre
The Bolshoi Ballet
Miami City Ballet
The Royal Ballet
The Kirov Ballet
Royal Danish Ballet

American Ballet Theatre
The Bolshoi Ballet's Nutcracker
Dance Theatre of Harlem
San Francisco Ballet
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

National Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra Festivals:
Soundtracks: Music and Film, John Williams and Leonard Slatkin, Festival Co-Directors

The 2002-2003 NSO Guest Artists include: Yefim Bronfman, Hilary Hahn, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, Emmanuel Pahud, Itzhak Perlman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Richard Stoltzman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and André Watts

Commissions and World Premieres by Rautavaara, McTee, and Mumford
The Hechinger Encores

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts
Elisabeth Batiashvili
Alban Berg String Quartet
Eighth Blackbird
Stewart Goodyear
Guarneri String Quartet
American Chamber Players
Orion String Quartet
Quintette Moragues
Gil Shaham
Vienna Piano Trio
Waverly Consort

Modern Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Tatiana Baganova
Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus Revisited
Garth Fagan Dance
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Ballet Preljocaj
"Celebrating an Icon: The Legacy of Paul Taylor" with Houston Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company

Jazz
Nnenna Freelon
Terence Blanchard
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Betty Buckley
Regina Carter
Cyrus Chestnut
Calle 54
Charlie Haden
Herbie Hancock Quartet
Ramsey Lewis
Jane Monheit
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Cassandra Wilson
Nancy Wilson
Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center Jazz Club

International Programming
The Abbey Theatre's Medea starring Fiona Shaw (Ireland)
Jin Hi Kim's Touching the Moons (Korea)
AmericArtes: Mexico and the Andean Countries

Family Programming
Dreams in the Golden Country (Kennedy Center Commission)
Shadow's Child
Brothers of the Knight

Philadanco
Tenth Anniversary Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

Television

25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors - December 27, 2002 (CBS)
Kennedy Center Presents (PBS)
Fifth Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (PBS)

Prelude Festival - 2002
ACTCO
American Film Institute
Arena Stage
Cathedral Choral Society
Gala Hispanic Theater
National Symphony Orchestra
Signature Theatre Company
The Washington Ballet
Washington Chamber Symphony
The Washington Chorus
The Washington Opera
Washington Performing Arts Society
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Millennium Stage
Now in its 6th year! Free performances every day at 6 p.m.-365 days a year.

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2003-2004 Season
  • [Prelude festival.]

    The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival
    September 2003

    The magnificent pre-season celebration of the best performing arts that our nation's capital has to offer.

  • Tchaikovsky Festival

    Tchaikovsky Festival
    December 2003
    The Kirov Ballet, the Kirov Opera with Valery Gergiev, Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, and many more celebrate this revered Russian composer.

  • Festival of France

    Festival of France
    January-April 2004
    Featuring Opéra Comique, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Théâtre de l'Atelier, and Les Arts Florissants.

  • Folk Dances of Okinawa

    Arts of Japan Celebration
    March-April 2004

    The Arts of Japan are blossoming at the Kennedy Center in celebration of the 150th anniversary of friendship between the U.S. and Japan

  • Tennessee Williams Festival

    Tennessee Williams Explored
    April-August 2004
    The Kennedy Center honors one of America's greatest playwrights with brand-new productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, and more.

Theater
Tennessee Williams Explored:
New Kennedy Center Productions of: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Glass Menagerie
Five by Tenn
A Distant Country Called Youth
Women of Tennessee Symposium

The Producers
Royal Shakespeare Company: The Taming of the Shrew
Royal Shakespeare Company: Tamer Tamed
Bounce
Sing-A-Long Wizard Of Oz

Ballet
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Kirov Ballet - Nutcracker
Kirov Ballet - Swan Lake
Royal Danish Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
Hamburg Ballet
New York City Ballet
Dance Theatre of Harlem

National Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra - 2003-2004 season


Modern Dance
Deborah Colker Dance Company
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Batsheva Dance Company
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Lyon Opera Ballet
Ballett Frankfurt

Jazz
Kennedy Center Jazz - 2003-2004 Season

International Programming


Family Programming
NSO Kinderkonzerts: Fiddling Around
Color Me Dark
Black Boy
Lewis & Clark - West For America
Lula Washington - Games and Other Dances
Alexander Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going To Move
The Snow Queen
NSO Kinderkonzerts: Who's Got Melody? Unlikely Trio
The Emperor's New Clothes
Ballet Austin's The Taming of the Shrew
NSO Kinderkonzerts: Bravo Brass
People of the Land
African Stories in the Americas
The Gruffalo
The Arabian Nights
The Giving Tree
Kaleta - Gansango Music & Dance
The Dancing Granny
Stories and Songs of Puerto Rico
Can You Can-Can?
The Treasures of Dibouji
Envelopes and Packages
Cyrano
Pepito's Story
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
Perla Batalla
Fly in Concert

Television
25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors - December 27, 2002 (CBS)
Kennedy Center Presents (PBS)
Fifth Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (PBS)

Prelude Festival 2003
ACTCO
American Film Institute
Arena Stage
Cathedral Choral Society
Gala Hispanic Theater
National Symphony Orchestra
Signature Theatre Company
The Washington Ballet
Washington Symphony
The Washington Chorus
The Washington Opera
Performing Arts Society
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Millennium Stage
Now in its 7th year! Free performances every day at 6 p.m.-365 days a year.

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2004-2005 Season
  • [Prelude festival.]

    The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival
    September 1-26, 2004
    The third annual festival is a spectacular pre-season celebration of the best performing arts from Washington and the world.

  • Page to Page

    PAGE-TO-STAGE New Play Festival
    September 4-6, 2004
    The three-day event offers a series of free readings, special events, and panel discussions for plays and musicals in development, with new works by Arthur Kopit, Joyce Carol Oates, Marvin McAllister, Michael John LaChiusa, and more.

  • AmericArtes

    AmericArtes: Espíritu de Puerto Rico
    September 7-26, 2004
    The fourth exciting year of this Kennedy Center festival celebrates the vibrant spirit of la Isla del Encanto—the enchanted island—with premier Puerto Rican music, dance, theater, literature, and visual arts.

  • [Open House.]

    The 20th Annual Open House Arts Festival
    September 12, 2004
    This annual, daylong indoor and outdoor event celebrates the Kennedy Center's birthday with more than 30 free performances of music, dance, and theater, plus many other events and activities for the whole family.

  • [Mark Twain Award.] The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    November 2004

    Comedian Lorne Michaels will be the 2004 recipient for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

  • Book Festival

    The Kennedy Center's Ninth Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival
    November 6, 2004
    Books come to life in this afternoon-long series of readings, book signings and other activities with special guests including Sonia Manzano. Ms. Manzano, who plays the character "Maria" on Sesame Street, will read from her book No Dogs Allowed .

  • Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors December 2004

    An annual fundraiser for the artistic, educational, and outreach programs nationwide for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • A New America: The 1940s and the Arts

    A New America: The 1940s and the Arts
    The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic Excellence
    January-June 2005
    The Kennedy Center embarks upon the largest festival in its history with an in-depth look at one of our nation's most artistically prolific and significant decades.

  • Masters of African American Choreography

    Masters of African American Choreography
    April 21-26, 2005
    The Kennedy Center presents an unprecedented exploration of African American choreographers' contributions to the world of modern dance in six programs shared by multiple companies.

NSO Classical

NSO Pops

Fortas/Chamber

Theater

Ballet

Dance

Et Cetera/ Int'l Prog

Jazz

KCYFP

NSO Family

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2005-2006 Season
  • [Prelude festival.]

    4th Annual Kennedy Center Prelude Festival
    September, 2005
    The fourth annual festival is a spectacular pre-season celebration of the best performing arts from Washington and the world.

  • 21st Annual Open House Arts Festival
    September 10, 2005
    This annual, daylong indoor and outdoor event celebrates the Kennedy Center's birthday with more than 30 free performances of music, dance, and theater, plus many other events and activities for the whole family.

  • Festival of China Festival of China
    October 2005

    The single largest celebration of Chinese performing arts in American history. A four-week showcase of China's best and brightest musicians, dancers, puppeteers, actors, directors, choreographers, acrobats, and more.

  • Book Festival

    The Kennedy Center's Tenth Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival
    November 5, 2005
    Books come to life in this afternoon-long series of readings, book signings and other activities with special guests including Lina Rozbih, Valerie Tripp, Smita Turakhia, and Malcolm Jamal Warner.

  • [Mark Twain Award.] The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    November 2005

    Comedian Steve Martin will be the 2005 recipient for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

  • [Holiday programs.]

    The Holidays at the Kennedy Center
    November & December 2005
    It's the most wonderful time of the year when the Kennedy Center hosts special holiday performances, from the American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker to Handel's Messiah to A Jazz New Year's Eve.

  • Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors
    December 2005

    An annual fundraiser for the artistic, educational, and outreach programs nationwide for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Country: A Celebration of America's Music
    March 20–April 9, 2006
    Presented in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • cherry blossom

    Arts of Japan Celebration
    March 25-April 9, 2006
    The Kennedy Center commemorates its longtime relationship with Japan through performances by Japanese artists during D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater

    11th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival
    May 11-13, 2006
    Abbey Lincoln, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and many others perform at the festival, featuring ticketed concerts and free events.

NSO Classical

NSO Pops

Fortas/Chamber

Theater

Ballet

Dance

Et Cetera/ Int'l Prog

Jazz

KCYFP

NSO Family

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2006-2007 Season
  • 5th Annual Kennedy Center Prelude Festival
    September 2006
    The fifth annual festival is a spectacular pre-season celebration of the best performing arts from Washington and the world.

  • 22nd Annual Open House Arts Festival
    September 2006
    This annual, daylong indoor and outdoor event celebrates the Kennedy Center's birthday with more than 30 free performances of music, dance, and theater, plus many other events and activities for the whole family.

  • Photo: Dora the Explorer ®

    The Kennedy Center's 11th Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival
    November 4, 2006
    Books come to life in this afternoon-long series of readings, book signings, and other activities featuring many special guests, including celebrity authors, illustrators, and performers.

  • [Holiday programs.]

    The Holidays 2006
    November 2006 - January 2007
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • [Mark Twain Award.] The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    November 2006

    Comedian Neil Simon will be the 2006 recipient for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

  • Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors December 2006

    An annual fundraiser for the artistic, educational, and outreach programs nationwide for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Shakespeare image

    Shakespeare in Washington
    January - June 2007
    More than 70 arts organizations from Washington and the world celebrate the Bard's life and work through performances, films, exhibits, and more at the Kennedy Center and other D.C. venues.

  • photo for women in Jazz Festival

    12th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival
    May 10-12, 2007
    Lynn Arriale, Hiromi, Stephanie Jordan, Karen Briggs, and many others perform at the festival, featuring ticketed concerts and free events.

NSO Classical

NSO Pops

Fortas/Chamber

Theater

Ballet

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2007-2008 Season
  • text image of prelude festival

    The Sixth Annual Prelude
    September 2007
    The sixth annual festival is a spectacular pre-season celebration of the best performing arts from Washington and the world.

  • 23nd Annual Open House Arts Festival
    September 8 2007
    This annual, daylong indoor and outdoor event celebrates the Kennedy Center's birthday with more than 30 free performances of music, dance, and theater, plus many other events and activities for the whole family.

  • Book Festival

    Multicultural Children's Book Festival
    November 3, 2007
    Books come to life in this afternoon-long series of readings, book signings and other activities with special guest stars.

  • [Mark Twain Award.] The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    November 2007

    Comedian Billy Crystal will be the 2007 recipient for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

  • Holiday 07

    You're Home for the Holidays
    November & December 2007
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors December 2007

    An annual fundraiser for the artistic, educational, and outreach programs nationwide for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Japan Festival Logo

    JAPAN! culture + hyperculture
    February 2008
    Experience the richness and diversity of the arts of Japan! Over 2 weeks, more than 450 artists will be featured in nearly 50 performances of music, dance, and theater, plus many exhibits, lectures, and free events.

  • American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    April 14 - 20, 2008
    The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.

  • Cappella Festival

    A Cappella: Singing Solo
    May & June 2008
    The Kennedy Center celebrates the power of the human voice with performances by artists from all around the world, including many free concerts on the Millennium Stage.

NSO Classical

NSO Pops

Fortas/Chamber

Theater

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2008-2009 Season
  • 24th Annual Open House Arts Festival
    September 13 2008
    The Kennedy Center is kicking off its 37th birthday with a free day of fun for everyone in the family celebrating American innovators and artists carrying on and developing traditions.

  • Multicultural Children's Book Festival

    Multicultural Children's Book Festival
    November 1, 2008
    Books come to life in this afternoon-long series of readings, book signings and other activities with special guests.

  • text image of prelude festival

    The Seventh Annual Prelude
    August 30 - October 5 2008
    Our 7th annual pre-season Prelude celebration - this year showcasing outstanding performing arts from all 50 states!

  • George Carlin The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    November 10, 2008

    The Kennedy Center awarded the late Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author George Carlin with the eleventh annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the annual televised celebration recognizing those who create humor from their uniquely American experience.

  • Holiday 07

    You're Home for the Holidays
    November & December 2008
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors December 2008

    An annual fundraiser for the artistic, educational, and outreach programs nationwide for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    April 14 - 18, 2009
    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • Lera Auerbach

    CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week
    May 1 - 10, 2009
    Curated by composer and conductor Oliver Knussen and Joseph Kalichstein, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Fortas Chamber Music Concerts, CrossCurrents presents 17 orchestral, chamber orchestra, and chamber music events celebrating 15 of today's finest living composers.

NSO Classical

NSO Pops

Fortas/Chamber

Theater

Ballet

Dance

Et Cetera/ Int'l Prog

Jazz

KCTYA

NSO Family

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2009-2010 Season

  • 25th Annual Open House Arts Festival
    September 12, 2009

    The Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a free day of fun for everyone in the family; this year the theme is Stage and Street Spectacular.

  • Multicultural Children's Book Festival

    Multicultural Children's Book Festival
    September 12, 2009
    Books come to life in this annual event featuring readings, book signings, and other activities with special guests. Books are available for purchase.

  • Holiday 2009

    You're Home for the Holidays
    November & December 2009
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • Bill Cosby The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    October 26, 2009

    Comedian Bill Cosby was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at an annual televised celebration recognizing those who create humor from their uniquely American experience.

  • Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors December 2009

    An annual fundraiser for the artistic, educational, and outreach programs nationwide for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    April 14 - 18, 2010
    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America Hands

    Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America
    April 18 - 25, 2010
    An in-depth look at gospel music with a mixture of free and ticketed events featuring Richard Smallwood, Shirley Caesar, Take 6, Kirk Franklin, Marietta Simpson, Mavis Staples, and others.

  • VSA arts Festival

    2010 International VSA Festival
    June 6 - 12, 2010
    VSA brings together artists, educators, researchers, and policy makers with disabilities from around the world for a multicultural celebration of the arts and arts education. The citywide 2010 International VSA Festival features visual, performing, literary, and media artists, as well as a guest list that includes more than 2,000 participants from all corners of the globe.

NSO Classical

NSO Pops

Fortas/Chamber

Theater

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2010-2011 Season

2010-2011 Season Highlights

  • Celebrate Mexico 2010

    Celebrate Mexico 2010
    September 11 – October 1, 2010
    The Kennedy Center commemorates Mexico's 200 years of Independence (1810) from the Spanish Crown, and 100 years since the 1910 Revolution with Celebrate Mexico 2010, featuring both ticketed and free performances and exhibitions that cover the vast breadth of Mexico's contributions to the arts world, including pre-Hispanic, Spanish, modern, and contemporary Mexican art.

  • 26th Annual Open House Arts Festival
    September 11, 2010
    The Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival kicks off the Center's three-week-long Celebrate Mexico 2010 with a free day of fun for everyone in the family.

  • Multicultural Children's Book Festival

    Multicultural Children's Book Festival
    September 11, 2010
    Books come to life in this annual event featuring readings, book signings, and other activities with special guests. Books are available for purchase.

  • On The Fringe: Eye on Edinburgh

    On The Fringe: Eye on Edinburgh
    October 28 - November 13, 2010
    The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a crucible for the creation of new and experimental work, a place where talent is often unveiled and artists can experiment, challenge ideas, and work freely.

  • [Mark Twain Award.] The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    November 9, 2010

    Comedian Tina Fey will be the 2010 recipient for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

  • Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors

    December 5, 2010
    An annual televised celebration recognizing the talents and lifetime achievements of the world's greatest performing artists

  • Holiday 2010

    You're Home for the Holidays
    November & December 2010
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

    The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
    January 18 - February 6, 2011
    January 20, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. As a fitting commemoration for the president who led the United States into the modern era of global participation, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts a series of performances and events.

  • maximum India

    maximum India
    March 1-20, 2011
    The Kennedy Center presents maximum India, an unprecedented celebration of Indian arts and culture that includes events and performances in music, dance, theater, film, and literature as well as exhibitions featuring art installations, cuisine, and more.

  • the kennedy center building

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    April 19–23, 2011
    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • photo for women in Jazz Festival

    16th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival
    May 19 - 21, 2011
    The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival marks its 16th thrilling year with three evenings of star-studded performances hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater featuring the world's top female jazz artists.

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2011-2012 Season

2011-2012 Season Highlights

  • the kennedy center building

    CHINA: The Art of a Nation
    September–October 2011
    In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, the Kennedy Center revisits the flourishing arts of one of the 21st century's world powers with nearly 300 artists spanning all genres of the performing arts.

  • Will Ferrell. The 2011 Mark Twain Prize Recipient The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    October 23, 2011

    A cast of top entertainers will salute Will Ferrell in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

  • the kennedy center building

    Swing, Swing, Swing
    November 11–26, 2011
    The Kennedy Center highlights Swing—the lilting, rhythmic beat that drives jazz still today, nearly 90 years after its emergence during the roaring stride jazz period of the 20s—with performances including a star-studded tribute to the late Dr. Billy Taylor and 16 days of free swing dancing in the KC Dance Hall. Explore Swing and how it is still alive today in dance halls, clubs and movies.

  • Kennedy Center Honors The Kennedy Center Honors
    December 4, 2011

    An annual televised celebration recognizing the talents and lifetime achievements of the world's greatest performing artists.

  • Holiday 2011

    You're Home for the Holidays
    November & December 2011
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna

    The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna
    February 25 – March 29, 2012
    The Kennedy Center highlights the rich musical heritage of three European cities whose contributions to the arts world have been appreciated for centuries.

  • the kennedy center building

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    April 16–21, 2012
    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America
    May 6–12, 2012

    Part of the Kennedy Center's new Rubenstein Arts Access program, Look Both Ways supports the timeless tradition of street art, shedding light on artists and companies who are producing extraordinary work in non-traditional spaces, with free performances at the Center and throughout the city.

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2012-2013 Season

2012-2013 Season Highlights

  • Mark Twain Prize National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball
    September 30, 2012

    The NSO marks its 80th anniversary with this gala event led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach with guest violinist Joshua Bell on a program to include works by Dvoràk, Bruch, Smetana, and Ravel as well as a film celebrating this milestone.

  • Mark Twain Prize The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    October 22, 2012

    The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain.

  • Holiday 2012

    You're Home for the Holidays
    November & December 2012
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!



  • Kennedy Center Honors The Kennedy Center Honors
    December 2, 2012

    An annual televised celebration recognizing the talents and lifetime achievements of the world's greatest performing artists.


  • the kennedy center building

    Nordic Cool 2013 Festival
    February 19 – March 17, 2013
    International festival of theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, and film to highlight culture of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as Territories of Greenland, the Faroe and Åland Islands

  • the kennedy center building

    The Opera Ball
    April 6, 2013
    Washington National Opera's annual Opera Ball celebrates the close of the Opera's 2012-13 season.



  • The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    April 15-21, 2013
    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • Kennedy Center Gala.

    2013 Kennedy Center Spring Gala
    May 2013
    An annual fundraiser for the artistic, educational, and outreach programs nationwide for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Photo of Mary Lou Williams

    Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
    May 16–18, 2013
    The 18th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival features today's top jazz artists over three nights. The Washington Post says the festival "speaks volumes about the contributions women have made to jazz."

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2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 Season Highlights
  • NSO Ball. National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball
    September 29, 2013

    Each year, the National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball kicks off the NSO season with a spectacular concert. The performance, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, is followed by an elegant dinner and dancing on the South Plaza, and is widely attended by prominent business and social leaders in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

  • the kennedy center building Washington National Opera Season Opening Gala
    October 12, 2013

    This intimate, black tie affair serves as the annual kick-off of Washington National Opera's season. Gala guests will enjoy an elegant dinner with the artists at the Kennedy Center following the performance.

  • Carol Burnett 2013 The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    October 20, 2013

    The Mark Twain Prize is America's foremost award for humor, presented annually by the Kennedy Center to an individual who has made an indelible imprint on the American comedic landscape. Each year, the recipient is feted by an all-star cast of peers, treating the audience to personal anecdotes and priceless punch lines. The Presentation of the Prize is followed by an exclusive reception dinner with the cast.

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    American Voices
    November 22-24, 2013
    Curated by world-renowned American opera singer Renée Fleming, the festival of master sessions, concerts, and seminars celebrates the rich diversity of American vocal performance with stars of classical, country, gospel, jazz, musical theater, and pop.

  • snowy picture of the Kennedy Center

    You're Home for the Holidays
    November & December 2013
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • Kennedy Center Honors The Kennedy Center Honors
    December 8, 2013

    The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year. In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the 2013 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and the First Lady, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

  • World Stages

    World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014
    March 10-30, 2014
    The Kennedy Center highlights various traditions of theatrical expression with works from across the world. From puppetry to innovative perspectives on old classics, the festival offers an array of theatrical works and complementary programming.

  • Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide. One Mic

    One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide
    March 25-April 13, 2014
    The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, the producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents a festival celebrating this uniquely American art form.

  • The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    April 14-20, 2014
    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • Kennedy Center Gala 2014 Kennedy Center Spring Gala
    May 4, 2014

    One of Washington's premier benefit engagements, the Kennedy Center Spring Gala is a highly anticipated tradition. The event begins with a lovely reception on the River Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner on the Center's Roof Terrace level and a spectacular performance in the Concert Hall, and culminates with music and dancing on the Roof Terrace at the 'Til Midnight Party.

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    Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
    May 23 & 24, 2014
    Celebrate the life, legacy, and career of legendary pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams with the Kennedy Center's 19th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

  • the kennedy center building The Opera Ball
    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    This spectacular and always stunning annual event is the highlight of the WNO event calendar. Washington's social elite, government officials, and opera patrons gather together to celebrate WNO's season. Pre-Ball dinners and receptions are typically hosted in various embassies and ambassadors' homes, making this elaborate event truly a night to remember. The evening culminates with all guests gathering for dessert and dancing.

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    Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition
    June 9-14, 2014
    The Kennedy Center presents a free weeklong initiative celebrating the rich diversity of choral artistry and featuring more than 50 choruses from across the nation.

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