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Past Events: Performances for Young Audiences

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Kinderclassics: Break It Down!

    Sat., Jan. 9, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    If you love to tinker, you won't want to miss this high-energy concert, where we delight in dissecting the pieces and parts of music and instruments!

  • The Kennedy Center Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!

    Nov. 25, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    In this vaudevillian romp of a musical based on Mo Willems's children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, backed by nutty backup singers The Squirrelles. Age 3+

  • The Kennedy Center Darius & Twig

    Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    Two teenage best friends--one a writer, the other an athlete--use their unique gifts to rise above inner-city struggles in this world premiere play based on Walter Dean Myers's award-winning novel. Age 13+

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Family Concert: A "Sleepy Hollow"-een

    Sun., Oct. 25, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    All Hallows' Eve has arrived for Ichabod Crane! Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads all the ghoulishly attired orchestra members in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, his riveting reimagining of the classic ghost story.

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Fiddlin' Around

    Sat., Oct. 17, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    Calling all fiddle fanatics! From Bach to the blues, the spotlight is on the string instruments--the smallest and the largest--in this lively program presented by two zany NSO musicians, violinist Glenn Donnellan and bassist Rick Barber.

  • The Kennedy Center Mariko's Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure

    Oct. 2 - 11, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    A restless girl finds inspiration from her mom's old records to move to her own beat in this new dance work from Chicago's acclaimed Hubbard Street 2 in collaboration with the shadow puppeteers of Manual Cinema. Age 5+

  • The Kennedy Center Flowers Stink (U.S. Botanic Garden Collaboration)

    Sep. 23 - Oct. 24, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    In this world premiere musical at the USBG, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life in her room. Age 7+

  • The Kennedy Center The Cerulean Time Capsule (U.S. Botanic Garden Collaboration)

    Sep. 12 - Oct. 25, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    in this site-specific theatrical adventure at the USBG's Conservatory, a botanist who has time traveled from the year 2041 needs your help in finding the mythic "Cerulean Time Capsule" in order to save the world! Age 7+.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!

    May 30 - 31, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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.

  • Performances for Young Audiences: Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

    May 15 - 17, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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 Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark!

    Sat., May 9, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science & Math + Music

    Sat., May 2, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Cellist and host Yvonne Caruthers, along with NSO members, 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 Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key

    Sun., Apr. 26, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • Performances for Young Audiences: TETRISplus

    Apr. 25 - 26, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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 Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo

    Apr. 11 - 12, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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

  • NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn

    Sun., Mar. 29, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • IBERIAN SUITE: Ron Lalá Theater Company (Spain): Somewhere in Quixote

    Mar. 21 - 22, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • Performances for Young Audiences: Outside the Bachx

    Feb. 20 - Mar. 1, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • NSO Family Concert: Casey at the Bat

    Sun., Feb. 15, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke's beguiling baseball composition set to the famous poem Casey at the Bat is the centerpiece of this fun concert about teamwork. Wear your favorite team's jersey! Age 5+

  • Performances for Young Audiences: Jack's Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure

    Feb. 14 - 15, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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 Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!

    Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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

  • Performances for Young Audiences: Mockingbird

    Jan. 17 - Feb. 1, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • Performances for Young Audiences: The Gift of Nothing

    Nov. 22 - Dec. 28, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites

    Sat., Nov. 1, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    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+

  • NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit

    Sun., Oct. 26, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    There's a mystery in the Concert Hall on All Hallows' Eve! For this frightfully fun concert, don your spookiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. Age 5+

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