Upcoming Events: Performances for Young Audiences
Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
Oct. 4 - 12, 2014 | Buy Now
Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience's delight. Age 7+
NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit
Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 | Buy Now
There's a mystery in the Concert Hall on All Hallows' Eve! For this frightfully fun concert, don your freaky-deakiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. Age 5+
NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites
Sat., Nov. 1, 2014 | Buy Now
The Kennedy String Quartet demonstrates many types of musical contrasts and shows how composers use opposites to express a stunning variety of musical moods and emotions. Age 4+
The Gift of Nothing
Nov. 22 - Dec. 28, 2014 | Buy Now
In this Kennedy Center world premiere musical starring characters from the comic strip MUTTS, a charming cat searches for a special gift for his best friend, a lovable pup. Join Mooch and Earl for this heartwarming adventure! Age 4+
Jan. 17 - Feb. 1, 2015 | On Sale 10/1/14
Adapted by Julie Jensen from the 2010 award-winning book by Kathryn Erskine, this vibrant and moving world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community. Age 10+
NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015 | On Sale 12/3/14
What happens when you bring together a concert violinist, an opera singer, and everyone's favorite stuffed animal? You get Two Divas and a Bear! Explore the human voice with NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan. Age 3–5
Jack's Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure
Feb. 14 - 15, 2015 | On Sale 12/3/14
This world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission with Nashville Children's Theatre uses actors and a live bluegrass band to dive deep into the eclectic music traditions of the Appalachians. The result: a delightfully authentic mountain musical! Age 8+
NSO Family Concert: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!
Sun., Feb. 15, 2015 | On Sale 12/3/14
Based on the treasured children's book, NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke has composed an exciting world premiere work for orchestra and narrator that lets the "big bad" wolf tell his side of the classic story. Age 5+
Outside the Bachx
Feb. 20 - Mar. 1, 2015 | On Sale 12/3/14
NYC-based hip-hop company Full Circle Productions returns with more thrilling dance and spoken word for family audiences--this time set to classical music and awesome remixes--in this world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission. Age 8+
Somewhere in Quixote
Mar. 21 - 22, 2015 | On Sale 12/3/14
While writing his comic misadventures of a "not quite right" knight, Cervantes begs his friends to act out and help finish his story. A band of actor-musicians from Madrid reveals all the magic of the Don Quixote legend in a fresh and clever way. Age 12+
NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn
Sun., Mar. 29, 2015 | On Sale 12/3/14
Join "Sahara Bob," his crate full of exotic musical instruments, and a mystical genie for Broughton's The Magic Horn, selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt suites, and "Bacchanale" from Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah. Age 5+
NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo
Apr. 11 - 12, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Join husband-and-wife violin duo--Glenn Donnellan of the NSO and Jan Chong--as they use stories, sound effects, children's songs, and gems from the classical repertoire to make your imagination come alive! Age 3–5
Apr. 25 - 26, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Arch8 dance company from the Netherlands brings together two of their most physically awe-inspiring works--Tetris and No Man is an Island--to explore how we connect, communicate, cooperate, and invite others into our world. Age 7+
NSO Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key
Sun., Apr. 26, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
In this world premiere program, the NSO magically weaves excerpts from more than 20 of George Gershwin's greatest hits into the story of a poor newspaper boy who has a chance encounter with the legendary American composer. Age 5+
NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science & Math + Music
Sat., May 2, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Cellist and host Yvonne Caruthers, along with some of her NSO colleagues, team up for this fast-paced multimedia program that shows 26 ways (a full alphabet's worth!) that math and science are related to music. Age 9+
NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark!
Sat., May 9, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
In this zany world premiere program, find out what baseball and music have in common when NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan--famous for his fiddle made out of a baseball bat--joins Washington Nationals ballpark organist Matthew Van Hoose. Age 4+
Feet Don't Fail Me Now!
May 15 - 17, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Known for transforming its tap shoes into new instruments of rhythm, innovative performance company Rhythmic Circus infuses its unpredictable blend of hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor, and finger-snapping tunes into one amazing show. Age 7+
NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!
May 30 - 31, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
We can be as different as trombones and violins, and still play together in harmony! Kids and stuffed animals alike will hear the unique sounds of a garden hose, funnel horn, a grownup violin and a baby one, and trombones in three sizes! Ages 3-5.
All programs are subject to change.
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided by The Clark Charitable Foundation; Kaplan, Inc.; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Macy's Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Education; Washington Gas; and by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by
David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.