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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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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.