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Prelude 2008: Arts Across America

Open House Arts Festival

24th Annual!
Saturday, September 13 from 12 noon to 11 p.m.

A free day of performances all throughout the Kennedy Center

It's a new season of Performing Arts for Everyone! The Kennedy Center is kicking off its 37th birthday with a celebration of American innovators and artists carrying on and developing traditions. Continuing the theme of Prelude 2008: Arts Across America, which highlights the diversity of the United States, Open House features artists from across the country and the D.C. area in more than 30 performances, demonstrations, and events.

Performance Schedule

Key:
[K]
Great for children in kindergarten and up and their families
[OC]
Open Captioned event
[ASL]
American Sign Language interpreted
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Atrium Storytelling Stage

12:30-12:50 p.m. & 3-3:20 p.m.
Mary Louise Defender Wilson (North Dakota) [OC][ASL]

NEA Heritage Award-winning Dakotah/ Hidatsa storyteller, elder, and traditionalist, Wilson effortlessly relates stories involving mythical heroes, animals, birds, plants, and the heavens.

1-1:20 p.m. & 3:30-3:50 p.m.
Glenn Ohrlin (Arkansas) [OC][ASL]

Cowboy and rodeo veteran Ohrlin has spent a lifetime absorbing cowboy lore and traditions, performing cowboy songs, range ballads, stories, and poems.

2:30-2:50 p.m. & 5-5:20 p.m.
Valerie Tutson (Rhode Island) [OC][ASL]

Tutson tells stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, stories from African American history, and more.

1: 30-1:50 p.m. & 4-4:20 p.m.
Rosalie Sorrels (Idaho) [OC][ASL]

This master storyteller and singer began her career as a folklorist in the 1950s and has an encyclopedic knowledge, ranging from the English ballads to Mormon songs to the work of contemporary songwriters.

2-2:20 p.m. & 4:30-4:50 p.m.
John Walker (Nebraska) [OC][ASL]

A country and blues guitarist, Walker performs songs that reflect his upbringing with foot-stomping rhythms, smooth melodies, and expressive lyrics accompanied by a unique finger-picking style.

Concert Hall

12:15-1 p.m.
National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.)

Conducted by Emil de Cou, the NSO performs popular favorites including Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday, “Seventy-six Trombones” from The Music Man, Korngold’s Overture to The Seahawk, and excerpts from Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams.

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Raul Midón (New Mexico) [OC]

Writer, vocalist, and guitarist, Midón combines the soulfulness of Stevie Wonder, the world music exploration of Paul Simon, and the individuality of Bill Withers.

6-7:30 p.m.
Step Show featuring Step Afrika! [OC]

Highlighting the best of the African-American fraternity and sorority tradition of “stepping,” and led by internationally acclaimed ensemble Step Afrika!, this show features nationally recognized step teams from across the U.S.

Eisenhower Theater

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Nevada Ballet Theatre (Nevada)

A classically based thirty-six member company, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s repertoire includes works from classic choreographers as well as contemporary ones. For Open House, the company performs James Canfield’s Equinoxe and George Balanchine’s Who Cares?.

2:15-3:15 p.m.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (Colorado/New Mexico)

With its fusion of classical good sense and western ingenuity, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blends the best of both worlds to create a dance company that is truly unique. For Open House, ASFB performs Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, the pas de deux from Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, and Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash.

4-5 p.m.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet (Washington, D.C.)

The Kennedy Center’s own ballet company, founded by legendary ballerina and Balanchine protégé Suzanne Farrell, performs Balanchine’s Apollo, “Contrapuntal Blues” pas de deux from Clarinade, and Tzigane.

6-7:30 p.m.
Ballet Triple Bill

In an unprecedented Open House event, three ballet companies perform together. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Nevada Ballet Theatre performs James Canfield’s Equinoxe, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs George Balanchine’s Apollo.

Family Theater

(Tickets are required for performances in the Family Theater. Tickets will be passed out in front of the Family Theater 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance.)

12:15-1 p.m. & 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Jamie Adkins (California) [K]

A former member of Pickle Family Circus and Cirque Éloize, this comedian and circus artist brings his newest creation, Circus INcognitus, showcasing his talents as an eccentric clown, juggler, balancing artist, and poet.

1:45-2:30 p.m. & 5:15-6 p.m.
Donald Knaack’s Junk Jams (Vermont) [K]

With wildly inventive instruments made from recycled materials, percussionist Donald Knaack performs his own compositions dubbed Junk MusicTM. Impossible to categorize, the eye-opening, provocative and entirely new sounds of Junk Music delight audiences worldwide.

Main Plaza

12:30-1 p.m.
Step Team [K]

Check out nationally recognized step teams who will be performing later at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

2-2:30 p.m. & 3:30-4 p.m.
PROJECT (Washington) [K]

Get up close and personal with beatbox flutist Greg Pattillo, bassist Peter Seymour, and cellist Eric Stephenson and see how they create their unique sound.

2:45-3:15 p.m. & 5-5:30 p.m.
Jamie Adkins (California) [K][ASL]

A former member of Pickle Family Circus and Cirque Éloize, this comedian and circus artist showcases his talents as an eccentric clown, juggler, balancing artist, and poet.

4:15-4:45 p.m.
Hungry March Band (New York) [K]

New York City's legendary street brass marching band comes roaring out of Brooklyn in the anarchic style that has become their trademark.

Millennium Stage North

12-6 p.m.
Washington Arts Exchange

Check out local organizations that contribute to D.C.'s vibrant cultural scene.

Millennium Stage South

1-1:45 p.m.
Dragon Art Studio (Oregon) [K]

NEA Heritage Award-winners Yuquin Wang and Zhengli Xu present the mastery of rod puppetry - a tradition from China featuring dramatic and acrobatic staging of folktales, legends, and opera.

2:45-3:30 p.m.
Richmond Boys Choir (Virginia) [K][ASL]

Now in its 12th season, the choir began as a collaborative project of Theatre IV and the Boys and Girls Club of Richmond. As "Ambassadors of Song," they represent Richmond's diverse cultures through music.

4-4:45 p.m.
Washington National Opera Young Artists (Washington, D.C.)

Rising opera singers perform selections from Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, Verdi's La Traviata, Menotti's The Telephone, and Bizet's Carmen and The Pearl Fishers.

5:15-6 p.m.
PROJECT (Washington)

Featuring beatbox flutist Greg Pattillo, bassist Peter Seymour, and cellist Eric Stephenson, PROJECT combines hip hop, jazz, classical and world music in exciting new ways, as heard on their debut album Winter in June.

North Plaza

1-1:45 p.m. & 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Donald Knaack’s Junk Jams (Vermont) [K]

Monkey around with Junk Music play stations, sound sculptures made from recycled materials where visitors can have a Junk Jam.

2:15-3 p.m. & 4:45-5:30 p.m.
Dragon Art Studio (Oregon) [K]

NEA Heritage Award-winners Yuquin Wang and Zhengli Xu present the mastery of rod puppetry—a tradition from China featuring dramatic and acrobatic staging of folktales, legends, and opera.

12:15-6 p.m.
Edwin Fontánez’s Washington Chalk Festival (Puerto Rico) [K]

Now in its 12th year! Watch local artists at work and create your own colorful sidewalk masterpiece in chalk. This year, the festival welcomes the participation of Rick Aleman, Scott Buga, Pat Goslee, Seemeen Hashem, Judit Ilie, and Gina Robles-Villalba.

12:15-6 p.m.
NSO Instrument “Petting Zoo” [K]

Spotlighting instruments featured in the orchestra, this popular activity gives children the opportunity to strike, blow, and bow their way to fun. A project of the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.

12:15-6 p.m.
Backstage at the Opera [K]

Get a close-up look at props and equipment that make the opera so spectacular! Show your opera spirit with a Washington National Opera temporary tattoo!

South Plaza

12-12:15 p.m.
Opening Kick-Off

Featuring members of the Hungry March Band, Greg Pattillo, and Step Afrika!

12:15-1 p.m.
Hungry March Band (New York)

New York City’s legendary street brass marching band comes roaring out of Brooklyn in the anarchic style that has become their trademark. Put on your dancing shoes for European brass traditions, Gypsy and Roma classics, jazz, Latin, punk rock, hip hop, and music of the streets.

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Dan Zanes and Friends (New York) [K][ASL]

Dan Zanes and his merry band make music for families and people of all ages in a way that is changing the face of America. His albums Catch That Train! and ¡Nueva York! have won awards and praise from audiences everywhere.

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Algebra (Georgia) [ASL]

Atlanta, Georgia-based R&B songstress Algebra, who has worked on projects with Monica, Bilal, India.Arie, and more, moves easily between pop, rock, rap, funk or crunk, as heard on her debut CD Purpose.

5-6 p.m.
Lila Downs (Minnesota) [ASL]

Mexican born folk singer Lila Downs, nominated for an Academy Award for her song “Burn it Blue” in the film Frida, brings her unique style of music combining her Mexican roots with jazz and North American sounds.

7-8:30 p.m.
DJ Rahsaan (Maryland)

Get down as DJ Rahsaan spins hip hop, Go-Go, and Deep House.

8:30-9 p.m.
Hip Hop Dance Lessons with goLo LLC (Washington, D.C.)

Learn some fresh new moves with the Hip Hop Dance Experience from goLo LLC.

9-11 p.m.
Go-Go Dance Party with Chuck Brown (Washington, D.C.)

D.C. legend and Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown gets your groove on with this hypnotically danceable music rooted in funk and soul.

Terrace Theater

(Tickets are required for performances in the Terrace Theater. Tickets will be passed out in front of the Terrace Theater 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance.)

12:15-1 p.m. & 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Jake Shimabukuro (Hawaii)

Recognized as one of the world's top ukulele musicians, Jake Shimabukuro plays jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock. In his hands, that little four-stringed instrument has never sounded so big!

3:45-4:30 p.m. & 5:15-6 p.m.
Joshua Nelson (New Jersey) [OC]

The "Prince of Kosher Gospel," whose voice bears a remarkable resemblance to that of the late Mahalia Jackson, has performed with artists as diverse as Cab Calloway, Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Albertina Walker, Bobby Jones & New Life, and The Klezmatics.

Theater Lab Dance Hall

12:15-1 p.m. & 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Oklahoma Stomp (Oklahoma)

This Western Swing band made up of nine talented boys ranging in age from 12 to 16 carries on the tradition of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, with dance instruction from Flying Feet.

3:45-4:30 p.m. & 5-5:45 p.m.
Aramis y su Orquesta Ashe (Washington, D.C.)

This 12-piece ensemble will have audiences on their feet with their interpretation of timba, or modern Cuban Salsa, fusing native African and Cuban rhythms. With singers, musicians, as well as dancers, the band interacts with the audience, bringing the full effect of Cuban flavor.

Artists and programming subject to change.