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Past Performances

Saturday, April 18, 2015
The Manhattan School of Music

The Jazz Arts Quintet performs a variety of pieces by Duke Ellington, including “Caravan,” “Through the Night,” “Daydream,” and more. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

Featured Artist(s)

Manhattan School of Music

Friday, April 17, 2015
NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play chamber works by Piston, Rossini, Schulhoff, and Meyer.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Prelude

Thursday, April 16, 2015
NSO Youth Fellows

The National Symphony Orchestra program develops and encourages high school students to become orchestral musicians through monitored, performance-oriented training.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Youth Fellows

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival: The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase

Part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, award-winning young playwrights present their work; a selection from HUFF from Cliff Cardinal; and a dark comedic one-man show. The Festival runs April 14–18 and showcases 140 college students from around the country in various disciplines. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

Featured Artist(s)

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Glenelg High Jazz Ensemble & Colonial Forge Jazz Choir

Two advanced, award-winning high school student groups from Maryland and Virginia perform a split program of jazz standards in various combinations. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

Featured Artist(s)

Colonial Forge Treble Makers
Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble

Monday, April 13, 2015
Howard University Dance Ensemble

Made up of 18-20 young women and men, this ensemble performs works from renowned choreographers as well as student composition in genres of contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and ballet.

Featured Artist(s)

Howard University Dance Ensemble

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Bourgeois Blues: A District of Columbia Tribute to Lead Belly

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Lead Belly’s birth, D.C. guitarist and singer/songwriter Jonny Grave, guitarist/vocalist Tom Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist Jess Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons, and bassist Brian Farrow join in a tribute performance to the folk music legend and his work. See also Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster.

Featured Artist(s)

Jonny Grave

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Target Family Night: The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

Under the direction of Mr. Michael Bowie, the talented local ensemble brings its energetic and youthful take on big band jazz. The group’s alumni are graduates of every major music conservatory in America.

Featured Artist(s)

The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

Friday, April 10, 2015
Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group

One of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan performs thundering taiko drumming infused with traditional Japanese dance as nearly 30 drummers and dancers take the stage. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s)

Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Mark H Rooney, Kristen Koyama, & UpRooted Dance

This collaboration is a program of visually striking images and storytelling through taiko (Japanese percussion instruments) and dance. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s)

Mark H Taiko
UpRooted Dance
Kristen Koyama

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Quilt

The Boston-based, psychedelic indie-rock band’s music beams with unapologetic energy and wonder, turning simple songs into absolute anthems. Their latest album Held in Splendor is a collection of poetry, public questions, confessions, and aspirations.

Featured Artist(s)

Quilt

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Integriti Reeves

The singer and her sextet celebrate Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a dynamic performance that features classical jazz partnered with smooth storytelling.

Featured Artist(s)

Integriti Reeves

Monday, April 6, 2015
Asako Tamura: Kokoro: Japanese Melodies from the Heart

The Japanese soprano, fresh off her London debut in Madama Butterfly at Royal Albert Hall, presents a recital of Japanese songs. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s)

Shuko Tada
Asako Tamura
Masayo Ishigure

Sunday, April 5, 2015
National Capital Area Choir

Directed by Thomas K. Pierre Jr., the D.C. area musical ministry performs gospel and sacred music.


Featured Artist(s)

The National Capital Area Choir

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

In Trombonists of the Kennedy Center, eight highly skilled players from the KCOHO and NSO perform arrangements of works by Handel, Brahms, and Bourgeois.

Featured Artist(s)

National Symphony Orchestra
The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Friday, April 3, 2015
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

Featured Artist(s)

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

Featured Artist(s)

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

Featured Artist(s)

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Senri Oe

The Japanese pop star and actor turned New York City–based jazz pianist makes his Millennium Stage debut. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s)

Senri Oe

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)

Sara McDonald
Jameson Rodgers

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

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