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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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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.

Artists and programming subject to change.