Millennium Stage Schedule of Performances
Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets RequiredPerformance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
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Saturday, March 8, 2014Shomyo no Kai
The Japan Society offers a performance by the critically acclaimed group, comprised of priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects whose mission is to showcase the beauty of shomyo, one of the oldest living forms of vocal music. This tour of Shomyo no Kai is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014Blacks in Wax
This renowned annual black history production features youth from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center who transform from a wax replica to a live portrayal of our most notable entertainers, writers, athletes, poets, entrepreneurs, and political leaders. (This event will take place from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer near the Opera House, with a performance on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.)
Monday, March 10, 2014The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Music Department
Spirited female vocal ensemble The Mellow Tones and choir The Sophisticated Ladies perform.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014Polyphony Foundation
This musical performance is in line with the foundation’s mission to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel by creating a common ground where young people come together around classical music.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014Nii Akwei Adoteye
Under the auspices of The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Composers) Foundation, an evening of original musical works hosted by Larry Groce and featuring performances by Nii Akwei Adoteye and Nicky Egan.
Thursday, March 13, 2014Larry Groce
Under the auspices of The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Composers) Foundation, an evening of original musical works hosted by Larry Groce and featuring performances by Tyler Lyle and Kavita Shah.
Friday, March 14, 2014NSO Youth Fellows
Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra training program—percussionist Alex Arshadi (11th grade), violinist Tavifa Cojocari (11th grade), bassist James Peterson (12th grade), and violist Eric Costantino (10th grade) in a duet with violinist Abigail Tucket (11th grade)—play a recital of chamber music.
Saturday, March 15, 2014Washington National Opera
Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
Members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists present a musical preview of the upcoming production.
Sunday, March 16, 2014Brandon Wetherbee
This concert celebrating the life of the late legendary folk singer Pete Seeger is hosted by Brandon Wetherbee and features performances by Jonny Grave, Ballad’ve, Michael Yugo, Patrick Hawkins, Magpie, and others.
Monday, March 17, 2014Calvert High School Musical Theatre Ensemble
Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir
In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, Calvert High School Musical Theatre Ensemble and Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir combine their talents in a musical program.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014Brian Sanders
Presented by the Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility, this program of contemporary and classical repertoire features cellist Brian Sanders, a 2006 VSA International Young Soloists Award winner, vocalist/pianist Rivky Grossman, and pianist Virginia Lum.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014Loudoun Youth Guitars
Frost Middle School Symphonic Orchestra
In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, Frost Middle School Symphonic Orchestra and the Loudoun Youth Guitars combine their talents in a musical program.
Thursday, March 20, 2014Rimi Natsukawa
The Ryukyuan folk singer offers a performance that blends both traditional and modern musical elements in honor of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Friday, March 21, 2014NSO Prelude
Members of the NSO play classical music.
Saturday, March 22, 2014Serendib Dance
The Sri Lankan dance company performs both traditional and folk dances directed by founder, choreographer, dancer, and educator, Asanga Domask.
Sunday, March 23, 2014Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Boston’s costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performs a unique blend of original and traditional New Orleans brass band music.
Monday, March 24, 2014Colin Stetson
The Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist, who has worked with a wide range of acts including Tom Waits, Lou Reed and Arcade Fire, offers a musical performance.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014Pure Perfection Band and Show
One Mic Creative Ecosystem
This show celebrates the artistic kinship and creative exchange between two musical "play-cousins": go-go and hip-hop. Rhome “ DJ Stylus” Anderson and Pure Perfection Band and Show engage in a call-and-response that explores how both forms have influenced each other and contemporary American music over the past several decades. This musical storytelling session is rounded out by host/singer Nea Posey and videographer Tewodross Melchishua and is produced by Nzinga Tull. Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014One Mic Creative Ecosystem
Split This Rock
The One Mic Creative Ecosystem presents this performance in partnership with Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014, which invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. Participants include Joy Harjo, Gayle Danley, three members of the DC Youth Slam Team, and Split This Rock staffers Sarah Browning, Pages Matam, Jonathan B. Tucker, Alisha Gregory, and Camisha Jones. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Thursday, March 27, 2014Native Sun
The London-based duo fuses hip-hop and African rhythms with the aim of promoting a positive message of universal peace, equality, social justice, and environmental change. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Friday, March 28, 2014Nomadic Wax
The Korean hip-hop group, Choiza and Gaeko, debuted in 2004 with the album Taxi Driver, which was the best-selling hip-hop album in South Korea, while their second album, Double Dynamite, won them “Best Hip-Hop Album” in the Korean Music Awards in 2006. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Saturday, March 29, 2014Nomadic Wax
Shokanti approaches the mic with a unique expression of hip-hop, theater, and social consciousness that blends with the rhythms and soul of Cabo Verde, Africa. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Sunday, March 30, 2014Nomadic Wax
This double bill features Las Krudas, a female duo of hip-hop MCs, musicians, poets, and theater performers born and raised in Cuba who work to fight against oppression and to celebrate life. Joining Las Krudas is KEUR-GUI, a group of hip-hop musicians from Senegal whose music and performance speaks out against bad governance and regime corruption in their home country. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Monday, March 31, 2014Berklee College of Music Mix Maestros
Berklee College of Music
With one foot in the past from old records and one foot in the future with the ensemble’s live interpretations, the Mix Maestros build a show drawing from all genres at any given moment. The performance features Raydar Ellis, MC and turntable; Jason Dawson, turntable; Stephen Carroll, turntable and drums; Luke Goh, turntable and piano; Sam Millinazzo, turntable and guitar; and Nullin Hassan, turntable and flute. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014Black Noise
The oldest active hip-hop crew in South Africa, the Cape Town group is credited as pioneers of the “conscious” hip-hop movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014One Mic Creative Ecosystem
DC Youth Slam Team
The Creative Ecosystem hosts this youth open mic and community discussion featuring winners from competitions that occurred throughout the city prior to One Mic. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Thursday, April 3, 2014B-Fly Entertainment
One Mic Creative Ecosystem
Remember the booklet that came with your music vinyl, CD, or cassette? Where you could discover influential genres and personal statements of artistic expression? In the age of digital downloads, collide with hip-hop’s past and present when dynamic performer/lyricists Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell, and jazz vocalist Akua Allrich join the The Corner Store Jazz Trio for a unique multimedia experience. This event is curated by B-FLY Entertainment in partnership with the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Friday, April 4, 2014Jonzi D
Jonzi D, artistic director of Breakin’ Convention Hip-Hop Festival, in partnership with Sadlers Wells Theater in the UK, offers his solo hip-hop dance work The Letter, which explores the responses to him being offered an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Saturday, April 5, 2014Jean Grae
Black Girls Rock!
IN THE CONCERT HALL
Black Girls Rock! (BGR) collaborates with the Kennedy Center to produce a concert celebrating women in hip-hop. BGR founder DJ Beverly Bond and D.C.’s own Be’la Dona band make sure the beat won’t stop while legendary lyricist MC Lyte, hip-hop artist Jean Grae, French Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, and extraordinary young women of BGR take the mic and show what it means to “rock like a girl.” Please join us for a post-show discussion with artists, academics, and activists that encourages dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Sunday, April 6, 2014Nomadic Wax
From Montreal, Canada, the multi-lingual, multi-cultural group of performers and skilled musicians create open-minded hip-hop inspired by traditions of the past, most notably live instrumentation and a wide range of vocal styles. Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Monday, April 7, 2014Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
IN THE ATRIUM
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival presents a showcase of award-winning hip-hop theater works from colleges and universities around the country in the Kennedy Center Atrium. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014Nomadic Wax
The Iraqi Canadian hip-hop MC and musician performs music from his three albums and various other singles. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014Russell Simmons
IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER
This concert, presented in cooperation with Georgetown University as part of their Faith, Culture, and the Common Good initiative, features artists of diverse faiths—MCs Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage, AmKoullel, and Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo—in a performance showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens. Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in the Hall of States, beginning at 5 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Thursday, April 10, 2014NextLevelSquad
This presentation of two U.S. regional dance street crews showcases the hip-hop dance prowess of the FootworKINGz from Chicago and the “bonebreaking” style of NextLevelSquad from Brooklyn. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Friday, April 11, 2014Da Originalz
This presentation of two U.S. regional dance street crews showcases the hip-hop dance prowess of Da Originalz from Washington, D.C. and the "Queen of Krump" Miss Prissy from Los Angeles. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Saturday, April 12, 2014Narumi
Toyz aRe Us
At 6 p.m., b-boys and b-girls demonstrate their skills in circles and give lessons. Competing for cash prizes, the dance battle’s preliminary rounds begin at 7 p.m. with the final rounds beginning at 8 p.m. The battle, hosted by Silver Spring, Maryland lyricist Trus Real and New York b-boy Kwikstep, includes judges such as hip-hop artist Narumi from Japan, DC area b-boy Toyz aRe Us, and pioneering New York b-girl Rokafella with DJ Fleg on the turntables. Interested in competing? Registration is at the Kennedy Center in the Grand Foyer beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Sunday, April 13, 2014Kiran Gandhi
The Drum Call showcases the international roots of hip-hop music, from the traditional drum to contemporary electronic rhythm machines, via collaborations and solo creations from drummer Kiran Gandhi (M.I.A., Thievery Corporation), all-female percussion group Batala, and noted beatmakers Asma Maroof, Hezekiah, TRAKGIRL, and Arsonal. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
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