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Past Performances

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

Under the direction of Joe Bongiovi, the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra (PJO) brings the best high school and college jazz musicians from the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey region. Founded in 2003 by Joe Bongiovi, Rob Reeve, and Yorgo Papadakis, the group’s schedule has grown to include appearances in clubs and large concert venues across the East coast, as well as a tour to Italy in 2007.


Featured Artist(s)

Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, August 1, 2015
The Washington International Piano Festival

The Festival returns to the Kennedy Center for solo and group performances by selected 2015 WIPF participants. Hosted by the Catholic University of America, the Festival seeks to provide a learning experience by engaging participants and observers in master classes, lectures, and performances.

Featured Artist(s)

Washington International Piano Festival

Friday, July 31, 2015
The Washington International Piano Festival

The Festival returns to the Kennedy Center for solo and group performances by selected 2015 WIPF participants. Hosted by the Catholic University of America, the Festival seeks to provide a learning experience by engaging participants and observers in master classes, lectures, and performances.


Featured Artist(s)

Washington International Piano Festival

Thursday, July 30, 2015
The El Mansouris

The D.C. band is the creative union of artists Alex Braden (Young Rapids, Bella Russia), Drew Hagelin (Cigarette), Margot MacDonald, Sam Raymond (Rival Skies), Sarah Schaffer (Lies About), and Fiona Kohrman. A finalist in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, the group made its live debut by playing three consecutive sold out performances in February 2015. Presented in collaboration with Listen Local First D.C.

Featured Artist(s)

The El Mansouris
Listen Local First

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Creole United

The group was founded by Andre Thierry and Sean Ardoin, and its mission is to further Louisiana’s Creole music tradition by creating new standards that incorporate the old styles. Creole United is a movement and a band that includes Creole artists from all living generations and styles. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Featured Artist(s)

Creole United

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
All-American Boys Choir

America’s quintessential professional boys’ chorus makes its Millennium Stage debut. Based in Costa Mesa, California, the chorus is comprised of more than 100 boys ages 8-15 drawn from throughout Southern California.

Featured Artist(s)

All-American Boys Choir

Monday, July 27, 2015
Target Family Night: Ukuleles for Peace

The group brings its socially conscious message to the Millennium Stage community. The orchestra seeks to drive the wheel of social change by creating long-term opportunities for Jews and Arabs to meet and befriend one another.

Featured Artist(s)

Ukuleles for Peace

Sunday, July 26, 2015
25/40 Celebration: Four x Four

The final performance of the 25/40 Celebration will showcase four unique artists performing four different styles of music. Enjoy performances by American pianist, conductor, and 2007 Kennedy Center Honoree Leon Fleisher; The Glee Project finalist Ali Stroker; Alabama-born songstress Laura Dodd, and versatile piano virtuoso and tenor Carlos Ibay! Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

Featured Artist(s)

Laura Dodd
Leon Fleisher
Ali Stroker
Carlos Ibay

Saturday, July 25, 2015
NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

At 7 p.m., the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra, featuring the winner of the Concerto Competition, performs Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.


Featured Artist(s)

NSO Summer Music Institute

Saturday, July 25, 2015
National Dance Day: Dance for Everybody

The Kennedy Center and the Dizzy Feet Foundation present National Dance Day: Dance for Everybody. This free, two-and-a-half-hour celebration features a wide variety of dance classes and performances, including the well-known physically integrated AXIS Dance Company and local tap artist Baakari Wilder, among others.


Featured Artist(s)

AXIS Dance Company
Baakari Wilder

Friday, July 24, 2015
Blessing Offor

Blessing Offor is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and professional speaker who has appeared on The Voice and with musical legends Tower of Power and the Temptations. A 2010 VSA International Young Soloist Award recipient, his first full-length record was released this past February. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

Featured Artist(s)

Blessing Offor

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

The winner of nine International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation. Together with his band Flamekeeper, four-time IBMA Instrumental Group winners, Cleveland, who is blind, delivers some of the most powerful, exciting, and authentic bluegrass. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

Featured Artist(s)

Michael Cleveland

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Robotic Musicians and Musical Cyborgs

Georgia Tech’s Robotic Musicians and Musical Cyborgs features Shimon, the robotic marimba player, alongside other robotic musicians and a drummer who wears an assistive robotic drumming prosthesis. Shimon utilizes artificial intelligence and creativity algorithms that push musical experiences and outcomes to uncharted domains. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

Featured Artist(s)

Shimon Robotic

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Stories told in American Sign Language

Join us for this family friendly event in which three Deaf storytellers enthrall children and adults alike with stories told in American Sign Language with voice interpretation. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

Featured Artist(s)

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Monday, July 20, 2015
NSO Summer Music Institute

Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, Maurer’s Concertante for Four Violins in A Minor, Op. 55, Bliss’s Oboe Quintet, and Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango in small chamber ensembles.


Featured Artist(s)

NSO Summer Music Institute

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Frankie Lee

Whether Lee writes his world-weary alt-country songs because he knows how to sing 'em, or the other way around, he's found a calling. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.


Featured Artist(s)

Frankie Lee

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Brother Ali

Hip-hop artist Brother Ali is a social activist and cultural icon whose music sheds light on controversial issues. His sharp perspective has earned him accolades from Rolling Stone and NPR, and Dr. Cornel West has praised his musical activism. 

This program contains mature themes and strong language

Featured Artist(s)

Brother Ali

Friday, July 17, 2015
VSA International Young Soloists Winners

Representatives from the past ten years of the VSA International Young Soloists Award Program perform. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.


Featured Artist(s)

VSA International Young Soloists

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Josh Blue and Shannon DeVido

Comedians Josh Blue and Shannon DeVido will open the 25/40 celebration with a stand-up comedy performance. Headliner Josh Blue won the fourth season of NBC’s reality series Last Comic Standing. As a comedian living with cerebral palsy, Blue centers much of his act on his disability. Shannon DeVido is a comedian, actress, and singer who launched the popular web series Stare at Shannon, breaking the conventional image of disability through comedy. This performance, part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries highlighting the history, art, and culture of the disability community, is being offered in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and will be made available in embassies and consulates around the world via live-streaming.

Featured Artist(s)

Shannon DeVido
Josh Blue

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles

Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform J.S. Bach’s Fugue in G, Ewazen’s Eaglehawk Trombone Trios, Schubert’s Octet in F Major, and Mendelssohn’s String Octet in small and large chamber ensembles.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Summer Music Institute

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles

Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform Dvorák’s String Quintet, Op. 77, Beach’s Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, and Arnold’s Brass Quintet, Op. 73 in small chamber ensembles.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Summer Music Institute

Monday, July 13, 2015
NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles

Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform Barber’s Woodwind Quintet, Debussy’s String Quartet No. 1, Schubert’s Trout Piano Quintet, and Brahms’s Horn Trio in E-flat Major in small chamber ensembles.   

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Summer Music Institute

Sunday, July 12, 2015
NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

The orchestra performs Strauss’s Don Juan and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Washington National Opera Institute

Participants in the WNO Opera Institute collaborate for a musical evening featuring classical singers. The Institute is a three-week summer program that brings passionate, talented young musicians together to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment.

Featured Artist(s)

WNO Opera Institute at American University

Friday, July 10, 2015
The S&R Foundation Washington Award Alumni Performance

Cellist Tim Park and pianist Tanya Gabrielian play solo pieces by J.S. Bach and dancer Junichi Fukuda performs a modern dance work entitled Ecolosion. The S&R Foundation’s Washington Award recognizes young artists in various artistic fields, especially those who make a contribution to international cultural collaboration.

Featured Artist(s)

S&R Foundation
Tim Park
Tanya Gabrielian
Junichi Fukuda

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Beat Sessions: J Dilla

A panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla) from the unique perspective of fellow music producers, highly-respected DJs, incredible artists, and special guests. Guests include Amp Fiddler, Slum Village, Musiq Soulchild, DJ Spinna, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 9th Wonder and Timothy Anne Burnside (Smithsonian NMAAHC). This program may contain mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the 10th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla festivities at the Kennedy Center and The Howard Theatre. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

Featured Artist(s)

Georgia Anne Muldrow
9th Wonder
Amp Fiddler
Timothy Anne Burnside
Jack Combat
Slum Village
DJ Spinna
Musiq Soulchild

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