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Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
  • [September 3, 2015]

    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Great American Songbook High School Competition

    Join the great American Songbook Ambassadors as they make their Kennedy Center debut and pay tribute to this iconic canon of music. Performers include the 2015 winner, Lucas Debard; 2014 winner Maddie Baillio; 2012 winner Nick Ziobro; and 2013 winner Julia Goodwin; with members of the American Pops Orchestra.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Great American Songbook High School Competition
    Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.


  • [September 4, 2015]

    Friday, September 4, 2015
    Loud Boyz

    For the festival’s opening performance, the Kennedy Center rocks harder than ever with Loud Boyz. Formed in 2014 in Washington, D.C., Loud Boyz collide punk, hardcore, and garage rock in a way that Vice’s Noisey calls “the kind of music meant to be blared from rooftops.” Part of Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Featured Artist(s)

    Loud Boyz


  • [September 5, 2015]

    Saturday, September 5, 2015
    Page-to-Stage: Washington Improv Theater

    iMusical, the company’s longest running ensemble, ranges from the silly to the sublime, with something for hard-core improv and musical theater fans alike. iMusical combines long-form improvisation with modern musical theater to craft spontaneous musicals with integrity and fun. Part of Page-to-Stage.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Washington Improv Theater


  • [September 6, 2015]

    Sunday, September 6, 2015
    Page-to-Stage: VSA Playwright Discovery Series

    This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Excerpts of four scripts will be performed as staged readings. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Part of Page-to-Stage.

    Featured Artist(s)

    VSA Playwright Discovery


  • [September 7, 2015]

    Monday, September 7, 2015
    Page-to-Stage: Synetic Theater Company

    The movement-based theater company presents a demonstration of the Synetic Technique followed by a few scenes from their upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland with a post-performance Q&A to follow. Part of Page-to-Stage.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Synetic Theater


  • [September 8, 2015]

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015
    Finding A Line: Darren Harper's The Dynasty Band

    The D.C.-based, 13-piece ensemble combines the sounds of jazz, pop, R&B, big band, and call-and-response and uniquely infuses them with the syncopated rhythms of American, African, and Latin percussion that make up the backbone of D.C.’s own native go-go sound. Part of Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Featured Artist(s)

    Dynasty Band


  • [September 9, 2015]

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    Finding A Line: The Chariots

    After years away from the stage, D.C.’s most chaotic ska band is returning to play a combination of old school ska/reggae classics and bold originals that probe the highs and lows of the modern “rude boy.” Part of Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Featured Artist(s)

    Chariots


  • [September 10, 2015]

    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Finding A Line: The Pedrito Martinez Group

    In a performance shining a spotlight on the sports and diplomacy work by Finding A Line partners Cuba Skate, the Pedrito Martinez Group shows off its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Part of Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Featured Artist(s)

    Pedrito Martinez


  • [September 11, 2015]

    Friday, September 11, 2015
    Finding A Line: The Video Days

    Festival Curators Jason Moran and Ben Ashworth, Chief Skate Ambassador Jimmy Pelletier, skateboarders Natalie Krishna Das and Ron Allen, and Woodward Digital Media Director Dave Metty lead a screening and discussion of iconic skateboarding videos that inspire their life and work. Part of Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Featured Artist(s)

    Jason Moran and The Bandwagon


  • [September 12, 2015]

    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    WNO Preview

    Washington National Opera previews the company’s upcoming production of Bizet’s Carmen with a performance by members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Washington National Opera
    Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program


  • [September 13, 2015]

    Sunday, September 13, 2015
    Target Family Night: 123 Andrés: Latin Music for Children and Families

    Andrés Salguero is 123 Andrés, one of the most exciting voices in the family music scene today. His new CD, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, Andrés! en Español y en Inglés, is an interactive celebration of Latin American culture for children and families.

    Featured Artist(s)

    123 Andres


  • [September 14, 2015]

    Monday, September 14, 2015
    The U.S. Navy Band Commodores

    Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, has been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for more than 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Joining the U.S. Navy Band Commodores in performance is vocalist and Musician 1st Class Kristine Hsia.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Maurette Brown Clark


  • [September 15, 2015]

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    Eleven Reflections on September

    Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry-based multimedia performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. Written and directed by Andrea Assaf, featuring live music with an international ensemble of women artists, Eleven Reflections offers an embodied manifesto on the devastation and empowerment of women in the face of war. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Andrea Assaf


  • [September 16, 2015]

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    Sones de México Ensemble

    Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with a luscious concert by Sones de México, a two-time Grammy Award®–nominated sextet from Chicago. Specializing in regional folk music from Mexico, the sextet performs on a collection of more than 30 traditional musical instruments.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Sones De Mexico Ensemble


  • [September 17, 2015]

    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Kate Berlant

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Brooklyn-based comedian Kate Berlant performs in comedy festivals across the country and was recently profiled by the New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” at the forefront of experimental comedy. John F. O’Donnell opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will be streamed live but will not be archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Kate Berlant


  • [September 18, 2015]

    Friday, September 18, 2015
    NSO Season Preview

    The National Symphony Orchestra previews its 2015–2016 Season with selections by Mozart, Brahms, Copland, Ravel, Prokofiev, Debussy, Beethoven, and Dvorák. Roderick Cox conducts.

    Featured Artist(s)

    National Symphony Orchestra


  • [September 19, 2015]

    Saturday, September 19, 2015
    SEPIA SCULPTRESS: The Life and Trials of Edmonia Lewis

    Written and performed by Caroline Stephanie Clay, this performance is a look at the life of the 19th century sculptress. A rich celebration of artistic agency and freedom, emancipation, and the joys and challenges of creative genius. Her talents emerging in the days following the Civil War while a student at Oberlin College, Edmonia Lewis was an African American and Native American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Caroline Stephanie Clay


  • [September 20, 2015]

    Sunday, September 20, 2015
    Sam Post

    Pianist/composer Sam Post is not your typical classical performer. He weaves wit and commentary into his program of folk- and American-themed 20th and 21st century piano music, including his own original ragtime and pieces inspired by the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Ke$ha, among others.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Sam Post


  • [September 21, 2015]

    Monday, September 21, 2015
    Panel Discussion: (All) Women's Voices: A Conversation About Intentionality and Inclusion

    With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Colin Hovde, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav. When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

    Featured Artist(s)

    Anu Yadav
    Caleen Sinnette Jennings
    Paige Hernandez
    Colin Hovde


  • [September 22, 2015]

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    Target’s James A. Johnson Young Artist Series: "The Jam Session"

    This performance showcases some of the District’s most talented young DJs, MCs, poets, hip-hop dancers, and B-boy and B-girl apprentice students from the Words Beats & Life Academy. Presented in collaboration with Words Beats & Life.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Words Beats & Life


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    Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay

    The internationally known and recipients of the Golden Citizen National Award issued by the Latin American Center for Development (2012, 2013), the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay performs a spirited program on the Millennium Stage.

    Featured Artist(s)

    National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay


  • [September 24, 2015]

    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Treasures from the Archive Roadshow featuring the Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton

    Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress, The Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen, and Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton give a performance on the Millennium Stage. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

    Featured Artist(s)

    John Cohen
    Jerron Paxton
    Down Hill Strugglers


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    Friday, September 25, 2015
    BravO Season Kickoff Party with Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

    Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra joins BravO members for the BravO Season Kickoff Party! Led by percussionist Gianni Mano and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat, the program features indie pop and famous opera tunes arranged under the influence of the ’70s Fania/Salsa Dura scene and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Free dance lessons at 5 p.m.

    BravO is Washington National Opera’s group for young professionals under age 40. All ticketholders are invited to a special post-performance party in the Grand Foyer following the Friday, September 25 performance of Carmen. The party will feature a BravO exclusive champagne toast, music by the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, dancing at the Millennium Stage, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, a photo booth, a tattoo bar, and the beautiful view of the river terrace.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra


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    Saturday, September 26, 2015
    Machiko Ozawa with Carlos Avila

    The S&R Foundation’s newest Artist-in-Residence, violinist Machiko Ozawa from Urban Tango Trio is joined by pianist Carlos Avila for a vibrant program of Tango music and the sounds of South America.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Machiko Ozawa
    Carlos Avila


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    Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Semilla Cultural

    A non-profit organization founded in 2014, Semilla Cultural is dedicated to preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican traditional arts, more specifically, the interactive music genre of bomba. Bomba is a conversation between a dancer and a drummer, in which the drummer simultaneously interprets the improvised dancer’s movements in the drum. Free dance lesson at 5 p.m. Performance at 6 p.m.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Semilla Cultural


  • [September 28, 2015]

    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Women of Welders 2.0

    This showcase features works by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ronee Penoi
    Alexandra Petri
    Hannah Hessel Ratner
    Rachel Hynes


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    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Maarja Nuut

    The young fiddler and singer from northern Estonia combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Maarja Nuut


  • [September 30, 2015]

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    We Speak Their Names...A Tribute to Warrior Women!

    We speak their names…a tribute to Warrior Women! By FRESHH Inc. covers classics such as Four Women, Flyin’ West, and Cha Cha Cha as well as performs original works inspired by the theme of “warrior women.” Founded by playwright, performer, and poet Goldie Patrick, FRESHH Inc. is a hip-hop theater ensemble of young women, ages 13–20, who pay tribute to “warrior women” artists Nina Simone, Pearl Cleage, and MC Lyte in this high-energy performance of music, dance, and hip-hop theater. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    FRESHH Inc.


  • [November 1, 2015]

    Sunday, November 1, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Adam Lowitt

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A three-time Emmy Award–winning Co-Executive Producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Adam Lowitt has appeared as a standup comedian on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show for Comedy Central and performs regularly in New York City and across the nation. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Adam Lowitt


  • [December 30, 2015]

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Nate Bargatze

    Originally from Old Hickory, TN, Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian following in the entertainment business footsteps of his dad, a former clown turned world-class magician. He has appeared on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice, received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival multiple years, and more. His debut comedy album Yelled at by a Clown reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Note: this program will be streamed live but will not be archived.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Nate Bargatze


  • [January 29, 2016]

    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Cameron Esposito

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito is a fast-rising Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor, and writer who appears regularly on late night TV and in comedy festivals across the country. Her sophomore album, SAME SEX SYMBOL, was released in fall 2014, debuting at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Her first book is forthcoming from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing. Rhea Butcher opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Cameron Esposito


  • [February 12, 2016]

    Friday, February 12, 2016
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ricky Velez

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Recently named one of Variety’s 2015 “10 Comics to Watch,” Ricky Velez is a New-York based stand-up comic and actor who is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ricky Velez


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