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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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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.

Artists and programming subject to change.