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Local Dance Commissioning Project

The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series. Learn More

Schedule

List of upcoming Millennium Stage performances.

Archives

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P.A.F.E.

Learn about the goals and mission of the Performing Arts for Everyone initiative.

Conservatory Project

Music's rising stars from the nation's top conservatories performing in the Terrace Theater

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Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required

Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted

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  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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    Led by musician Mikkel Hess, the seven-piece New York band showcases its collaborative skills in an orchestral performance.
    Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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    The art song recital, Dances, Ditties, Ballads, & Rags, is a celebration of American and British Isles folksongs and melodies showcasing the works of Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten, Copland, Bowles, Bolcom, Heggie and their contemporaries. Featured on this program is Mandy Brown, soprano, assisted by Sherry Freund, piano, Jasmine Hogan, harp, and Nick Montopoli, violin.
  • Thursday, July 31, 2014

    [July 31, 2014]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: James Adomian
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Actor and comedian James Adomian takes the stage with opener Pete Bladel. Having recently wrapped production on David Cross’s feature directorial debut Hits, James Adomian is currently developing a new show for IFC called The Embassy. His television appearances include Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. This program contains mature themes and strong language.
  • Friday, August 1, 2014

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    6th Annual Washington International Piano Festival
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    The festival presents its Young Pianist Showcase featuring award-winning local talent.
  • Saturday, August 2, 2014

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    6th Annual Washington International Piano Festival
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    The festival presents its Young Pianist Showcase featuring award-winning local talent.
  • Sunday, August 3, 2014

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    Listen Local First DC Presents Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists
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    The innovative lounge-punk powerhouse performs.
  • Monday, August 4, 2014

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    The award-winning guitarist, who’s been featured on A Prairie Home Companion, brings his hot picking, cool singing, and good humor to a repertoire of bluegrass, folk, blues, and Celtic tunes.
  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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    The acclaimed company showcases its repertoire of dance from throughout the Eastern world.
  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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    Phil Wiggins and Friends
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    The all-star blues and dance quartet features Phil Wiggins (harmonica), Rick Franklin (guitar and vocals), Marcus Moore (violin), and Junious Brickhouse (dance). Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.
  • Thursday, August 7, 2014

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    The Indian multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger pairs raga with a disco beat, offering several variations on Indian classical music.
  • Friday, August 8, 2014

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    Cesar Orozco, Rodner Padilla, and Francisco Vielma
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    The trio fuses jazz with music from members’ home countries of Cuba and Venezuela.
  • Saturday, August 9, 2014

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    United States Marine Band
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    The band’s saxophone quartet and brass quintet perform.
  • Sunday, August 10, 2014

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    Target Family Night: Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra
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    The orchestra presents a concert by some of the best high school and college jazz musicians in the Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey regions.
  • Monday, August 11, 2014

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    The New Orleans band of brothers balances indie rock with folk and pop.
  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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    The competition’s 2014 winner offers a recital.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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    Synetic Theatre's Summer Camp: The Wizard of Oz
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    The campers perform an original adaptation of The Wizard of Oz using mime, pantomime, acrobatics, song, and dance.
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014

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    Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts Summer Teen Program
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    Participants perform scenes from Evita and West Side Story.
  • Friday, August 15, 2014

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    World-class Afghan-American rubab player Quraishi offers a performance of original compositions that carry a deep dedication to his native country’s artistic tradition and its national instrument.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014

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    Charles Covington, Steve Abshire, and Ken Kimery
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    The trio offers a jazz performance.
  • Sunday, August 17, 2014

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Kyle Dunnigan
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Comedian Kyle Dunnigan takes the stage with an opening set by Jenn Tisdale. A writer for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Shumer, Dunnigan both wrote and performed on season one and is currently writing and shooting season two. A significant online presence, he has more than 8 million views on his YouTube page and co-hosts a weekly podcast with fellow comedian Tig Notaro called Professor Blastoff. He has performed at music and comedy festivals all over the world and had his own half hour special on Comedy Central. This program contains mature themes and strong language.
  • Monday, August 18, 2014

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    The internationally recognized klezmer ensemble blends the intimacy of chamber music with the rowdiness of a dance band.
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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    The Galician multi-instrumentalist and world-famous gaita (bagpipe) player plays expressive Celtic traditional music.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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    The trio brings three-part harmony and Texas-style fiddling to a refreshing blend of swing, vintage country, bluegrass, and jazz. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    The Navy’s premier contemporary entertainment ensemble plays jazz, R&B, pop, rock, and original material.
  • Friday, August 22, 2014

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    The band offers a concert of chamber music.
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014

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    Thaylobleu & Godisheus: Chocolate City Rocks!
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    The alt-rock outfit led by singer/writer Terence Nicholson and bassist Ezra Greer joins the heavy-hitting go-go group formed by hip-hop icon Head-Roc and the MVP Band to present Chocolate City Rocks!
  • Sunday, August 24, 2014

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    The ragtime ensemble performs a concert of favorites and underscores Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy classic One A.M. using the original period orchestra scores.
  • Monday, August 25, 2014

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    The Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble blends modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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    The talented young dancers of the Maryland-based group perform Chinese classical and folk dances.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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    The progressive Latin American act fuses avant-garde symphonic rock with a wide range of classical, jazz, and world music influences. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014

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    The Maryland-based dance company blends traditional Americana music and percussive dance.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014

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    MetroPerforms! 2014 Showcase
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    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority presents the talents of D.C’s best street performers.
  • Saturday, August 30, 2014

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    13th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival
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    The Millennium Stage presents a theater performance.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014

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    30th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance
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    Winners of the competition and their winning scripts will be celebrated. Excerpts of a few scripts will be performed as staged readings.
  • Monday, September 22, 2014

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Aparna Nancherla
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian and D.C. native Aparna Nancherla takes the stage with an opening set by Chelsea Shorte. Nancherla was most recently a writer and correspondent of FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. An alumna of the NBC Stand Up for Diversity program, she was one of the breakout New Faces at the 2013 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She has been a contributing writer for NPR, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Magazine, and can regularly be seen performing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigades in Los Angeles and New York City. 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.
  • Monday, October 13, 2014

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Nikki Glaser
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian Nikki Glaser first gained notoriety during season four of Last Comic Standing when she advanced to the semifinals while she was still attending college. Since then, she has performed stand up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Comic Standing 7 and has appeared in the film Punching The Clown, the comedy documentary I Am Comic, and Amy Schumer’s pilot for Comedy Central. Glaser also cohosts the popular comedy podcast, You Had To Be There. 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.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Chris Gethard
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian Chris Gethard takes the stage with an opening set by Courtney Fearrington. Gethard is the host of the cult public access hit The Chris Gethard Show and author of the book A Bad Idea I’m About to Do. He has been heard on This American Life and seen on The Office, Louie, The Other Guys, and Iron Man 3. He is a mainstay performer at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where he has been performing for 12 years, and was named one of Variety’s “Ten Comics to Watch” in 2010. 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.
  • Monday, December 15, 2014

    [December 15, 2014]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Mark Normand
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian Mark Normand takes the stage with opener Rahmein Mostafavi. A regular in comedy clubs and colleges across the country, Normand has been involved in many festivals, including being featured as a New Face at the Montreal Comedy Festival. In NYC, Mark runs two comedy shows and two podcasts. 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.
More performances to be announced soon.