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Monday, March 30, 2015
Very Be Careful (VBC)

Straight from Los Angeles, the group performs Colombian vallenato music—a traditional cumbia sound that centers around the accordion, backed with percussion and bass.

Featured Artist(s)

Very Be Careful (VBC)

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Target Family Night: Midwest Young Artists Voices Rising

Hailing from Chicago, the 60 talented singers ages 10–17 come from widely diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and perform a wide variety of repertoire celebrating America, its cultural diversity, and the joy that comes from every child finding their voice so they can sing their own song. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

Featured Artist(s)

Midwest Young Artists Voices Rising

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Samuel Prather and Groove Orchestra

The D.C.-based collective of musicians and vocalists breaks down barriers of jazz, funk, Latin, Brazilian, Afrobeat, R&B, soul, hip-hop, and modern gospel in a way that respects their traditions without being confined by them.

Featured Artist(s)

Samuel Prather

Friday, March 27, 2015
Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Mike Lawrence

The New York City–based comedian has been featured as a stand-up on TBS's Conan and Comedy Central’s John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show and The Half Hour. Opening set by DC area native Jason Saenz. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Family Theater lobby starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE FAMILY THEATER

Featured Artist(s)

Mike Lawrence

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Jameson Rodgers and Sara McDonald

Mississippi-based singer/songwriter Rodgers and Brooklyn-based jazz composer, vocalist, and French hornist McDonald perform original works. Part of Songwriters: The Next Generation, presented by The ASCAP Foundation.

Featured Artist(s)

Jameson Rodgers
Sara McDonald

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Natalia Zukerman and The JT Project

The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist performs on a double bill with the jazz/soul/R&B group created by keyboardist/bassist Jacob Webb and saxophonist Todd Schefflin for a night of jazz, soul, and great guitar. Part of Songwriters: The Next Generation, presented by The ASCAP Foundation.

Featured Artist(s)

Todd Schefflin & Jacob Webb - The JT Project
Natalia Zukerman

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Le Bruit Court dans la Ville

Direct from Quebec, the trio brings meticulous accompaniment on the guitar, a pulsing accordion, grit-and-polish vocals, and a fiery fiddle to create soaring harmonies.

Featured Artist(s)

Le Bruit Court dans la Ville

Monday, March 23, 2015
Film: American Masters: American Ballet Theatre

This performance is not available for viewing. The Kennedy Center hosts the world premiere screening of Steeplechase Films’s feature-length documentary celebrating the rich history and legacy of ABT. Directed by Ric Burns. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. 

Please note this performance will not be live streamed.
IN THE TERRACE THEATER

Featured Artist(s)

American Ballet Theatre

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Timba Street with DC Casineros (U.S.)

Timba Street sports a modern Cuban salsa-fusion of Son Montuno, Cuban Rumba, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Directed by Havana native Aramis Pazos Barrera and featuring members from different parts of D.C. and the United States, the ensemble strives to inspire its audience to dance while introducing this lesser-known, modern style of Cuban salsa. Leading this dance party is DC Casineros, a world-renowned dance company that performs and teaches Cuban dance styles including Rueda de Casino, Afro-Cuban rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Danzón, and Yoruba Orisha dance. Free salsa class beginning at 5 p.m. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

DC Casineros
Timba Street

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Brass Ensemble São Paulo (Brazil): Carmen Miranda, Carnaval, and Beyond

Making their U.S. debut, an ensemble of musicians from the São Paulo Youth Orchestra plays a program of South American rhythms including songs made famous by Portuguese Brazilian entertainer Carmen Miranda, popular songs from Carnaval, and more. Free samba class beginning at 5 p.m. Presented with the support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Governo do Estado de São Paulo, Consulado Geral dos Estados Unidos em São Paulo, Ministério da Cultura do Brasil, and Governo Federal do Brasil. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Brass Ensemble São Paulo

Friday, March 20, 2015
Rodrigo Leão (Portugal)

The founding musician behind well-known Portuguese ensemble Madredeus—and founding member of indie-rock band Sétima Legião—began a solo career in 1993. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also composed scores for several films, including 2013's Lee Daniels' The Butler. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Rodrigo Leão

Thursday, March 19, 2015
António Zambujo (Portugal)

The acclaimed fado singer merges cante alentejano (male chant from southern Portugal with North African influences) with traditional fado, bossa nova, Brazilian popular music, and jazz. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 as part of Carnegie's World Views program. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

António Zambujo

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
José André (Bolivia)

Making his U.S. debut, this nine-year-old pianist and Latin jazz phenom, who is blind, has performed with many great jazz musicians throughout Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Both Reuters and the BBC have covered him in international news stories. He is joined on stage by two D.C.-based jazz musicians, Alejandro Lucini on drums and David Jernigan on bass. This performance was made possible through the generous support of the World Bank Group. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

José André

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Luísa Sobral (Portugal) and Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal/Colombia)

Two of today's top female Portuguese artists perform a double bill. Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sobral's first album, The Cherry on My Cake, went platinum and was nominated for two Golden Globes. Multi-award-winning singer Ribeiro is a past participant of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Sofia Ribeiro
Luísa Sobral

Monday, March 16, 2015
The Gift (Portugal)

Formed in 1994, this popular alternative rock band has performed around the world in Germany, Macau, Paris, Spain, Prague, the United States, and more, with highlights including South by Southwest and the Sonar Festival. Their first album Vinyl went platinum—a first for a debut record of an independent band. Their subsequent album releases were met with equal enthusiasm and success, garnering gold and silver certifications. They've also toured with bands like The Flaming Lips. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

The Gift

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Hiromi Suda (Japan)

Vocalist Hiromi Suda began her studies at Berklee College of Music in 2005, quickly developing a keen interest in Brazilian music. Her singular and innovative sound has been recognized by critics as a serious contribution in vocal style and technique. She has performed at clubs and venues throughout New York City, and has toured extensively throughout her native country of Japan. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Hiromi Suda

Saturday, March 14, 2015
NSO members play Granados’s Piano Trio

NSO members Lisa Emenheiser (piano), Natasha Bogachek (violin), and Mark Evans (cello) play Granados’s Piano Trio, Op. 50 in a recital of music from the Iberian Peninsula.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Chamber Ensemble

Friday, March 13, 2015
Manhattan Camerata (Argentina / Portugal / Uruguay): Tango-Fado Project

This performance explores the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado and features fado singer Catarina Avelar, bandoneón player Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion, and Uruguayan pianist Polly Ferman. Manhattan Camerata is a New York–based world music chamber orchestra that integrates Western classical chamber music with several instruments from around the world. The Camerata was founded in 2009 by Argentine composer/pianist Lucía Caruso and Portuguese composer/guitarist Pedro H. da Silva. Free tango class by Luis Angel beginning at 5 p.m.

Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Manhattan Camerata

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Nathalie Handal and Hanna Khoury (U.S./Palestine)

Handal's most recent books include the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía and Love and Strange Horses. Khoury is a violinist trained in Arab and Western classical music. In a performance combining music with Handal's writings, they'll explore the vast Arab influences in Iberian arts and culture. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Hanna Khoury
Nathalie Handal

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Al Andalusyun – Arabic Andalusian Ensemble featuring Hadi Eldebek (U.S./Lebanon)

Al Andalusyun re-creates the age-old heritage and transcendent art of poetry and music of Andalusia. Emerging from the unique cultural melting pot of the ancient Iberian Peninsula and fostered by centuries of tradition, their music not only captivates the ear and the soul, but is a symbol of integration and coexistence. The repertoire focuses on Arab Andalusian music, preserved and still practiced today in different regions of the Arab world. Hadi Eldebek is an oudist and composer from Beirut, Lebanon. He studied with oud and violin master Simon Shaheen and is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Eldebek is joined on stage by Abdallah Moussa (vocals), Navid Kandelousi (violin), Zafer Tawil (qanun), Ramzi Edelbi (percussion), Nick Chbat (percussion), and Mohamad Eldebek (percussion).

Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Hadi Eldebek

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Romero Lubambo (Brazil) and Hernán Romero (Spain)

This dynamic musical pairing features two acclaimed classical guitarists performing a blend of styles. Lubambo has performed and recorded with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Harry Belafonte, and Diana Krall. Romero has hit the Top 10 World Music Billboard charts. Lubambo's music has been featured in major motion pictures. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Romero Lubambo
Hernán Romero

Monday, March 9, 2015
Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró (Spain)

Two of Spain's rising musical talents—collaborators for nearly a decade—present a unique blend of jazz, flamenco, and fado music. Vocalist Sílvia Pérez Cruz sings in seven languages; her first album went gold in Spain. Guitarist Raül Fernández Miró learned flamenco alongside Kiko Veneno. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Sílvia Pérez Cruz
Raül Fernández Miró

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco and Aldo López-Gavilán (Cuba)

Two of Cuba's top jazz pianists perform a lively two-hour marathon concert with one or two onstage at any given time. Pacheco is also a percussionist, composer, and vocalist, while López-Gavilán was born to a family of acclaimed classical musicians. Presented in collaboration with FUNDarte. Begins at 5 p.m. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Aldo López-Gavilán
Jorge Luis Pacheco

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Moreira Chonguiça: The Moreira Project (Mozambique)

Internationally renowned saxophonist, producer, composer, and ethnomusicologist Moreira Chonguiça makes his U.S. debut as he brings the Moreira Project, featuring Thapelo Motshegwe on keyboard, Kevin Gibson on drums, and Helder Gonzaga on bass. The project was officially launched in 2005 with the debut of Moreira Chonguiça’s debut album, Volume 1: The Journey. The project’s participants represent contemporary African jazz at its best; they’ve performed across Mozambique, South Africa, and Brazil, as well as in several international festivals.

Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Moreira Chonguiça

Friday, March 6, 2015
Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours (Puerto Rico/U.S.)

The veteran trombonist, composer, and Grammy nominee has performed and recorded jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, and classical music for more than 35 years. He was recently invited by "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band to lead and direct their first Afro-Caribbean jazz performance in D.C. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Featured Artist(s)

Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours

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