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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

Great for children in kindergarten and up and their families
Open Captioned event
American Sign Language interpreted
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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.

Artists and programming subject to change.