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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

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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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  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

    [February 28, 2015]
    Ukulele Joy: A Strum-Along Jam Session with The Sweater Set and Louisa Hall
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    Strum-along at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m.

    Catch the spirit of the Kennedy Center’s upcoming international festival IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix with a Ukulele Jam. Bring your ukulele (an instrument that came to the Hawaiian Islands from the Iberian Peninsula, derived from the Portuguese braguinha string guitar) for a strum-along from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a performance with D.C. uke stars The Sweater Set and Louisa Hall. The show closes with a full audience strum- and sing-along! Strum-along participants should know chords C, F, G, and A minor.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015

    [March 1, 2015]
    DJ Lightbolt and Adriel Luis
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    Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’s musical explorations, Lightbolt and poet/curator/visual artist Luis create a live, border-crossing, sonic journey using cutting-edge, projected digital audio apps and state-of-the-art DJ gear by creating The Slick Road Mix, a taste of the cosmopolitan synthesis that technology is increasingly empowering in the early 21st century. Presented in collaboration with the Washington Performing Arts Mars Urban Arts Initiative.
  • Monday, March 2, 2015

    [March 2, 2015]
    Duke Ellington School of the Arts: American Innocents
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    The school presents American Innocents: An Evening with the Dance and Literary Media & Communication Departments, which looks at the way art continues to inspire young people in a world that is seen as increasingly unsafe.
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    [March 3, 2015]
    Coral Cantigas (U.S.)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Directed by Puerto Rico-born Diana Sáez, this local chorus performs many styles of Latin American, Spanish, and Caribbean choral music in Spanish, Portuguese, and indigenous languages and dialects of the Americas—such as Nahuatl, Quechua, and Creole—with bilingual concert program notes and texts to allow audiences to follow along.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    [March 4, 2015]
    Metales M5 (Mexico)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Mix the shenanigans of the Blues Brothers with the seriousness of the Canadian Brass and you have Mexico's leading brass quintet. They synthesize classical, contemporary, folk, film, and pops arrangements with brilliant costumes, audience interaction, and Latin American charm.
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015

    [March 5, 2015]
    Claudia Acuña (Chile): Homage to Violeta Parra
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Possessing one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music, the Chilean singer/songwriter presents a special program in honor of late Chilean composer/folklorist Violeta Parra, whose "Gracias a la Vida" is one of the most covered Latin American songs in history.
  • Friday, March 6, 2015

    [March 6, 2015]
    Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours (Puerto Rico/U.S.)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The veteran trombonist, composer, and Grammy nominee has performed and recorded jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, and classical music for more than 35 years. He was recently invited by "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band to lead and direct their first Afro-Caribbean jazz performance in D.C.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015

    [March 7, 2015]
    Moreira Chonguiça: The Moreira Project (Mozambique)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

    Internationally renowned saxophonist, producer, composer, and ethnomusicologist Moreira Chonguiça makes his U.S. debut as he brings the Moreira Project, featuring Thapelo Motshegwe on keyboard, Kevin Gibson on drums, and Helder Gonzaga on bass. The project was officially launched in 2005 with the debut of Moreira Chonguiça’s debut album, Volume 1: The Journey. The project’s participants represent contemporary African jazz at its best; they’ve performed across Mozambique, South Africa, and Brazil, as well as in several international festivals.

  • Sunday, March 8, 2015

    [March 8, 2015]
    Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco, Harold López-Nussa, and Aldo López-Gavilán (Cuba)
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    Begins at 5 p.m. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Three of Cuba's top jazz pianists perform a lively two-hour marathon concert with one, two, or all three onstage at any given time. Pacheco is also a percussionist, composer, and vocalist, while López-Nussa is an outstanding young jazz interpreter, and López-Gavilán was born to a family of acclaimed classical musicians. Presented in collaboration with FUNDarte.
  • Monday, March 9, 2015

    [March 9, 2015]
    Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró (Spain)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Two of Spain's rising musical talents—collaborators for nearly a decade—present a unique blend of jazz, flamenco, and fado music. Vocalist Sílvia Pérez Cruz sings in seven languages; her first album went gold in Spain. Guitarist Raül Fernández Miró learned flamenco alongside Kiko Veneno.
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    [March 10, 2015]
    Romero Lubambo (Brazil) and Hernán Romero (Spain)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    This dynamic musical pairing features two acclaimed classical guitarists performing a blend of styles. Lubambo has performed and recorded with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Harry Belafonte, and Diana Krall. Romero has hit the Top 10 World Music Billboard charts. Lubambo's music has been featured in major motion pictures.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    [March 11, 2015]
    Al Andalusyun – Arabic Andalusian Ensemble featuring Hadi Eldebek (U.S./Lebanon)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

    Al Andalusyun re-creates the age-old heritage and transcendent art of poetry and music of Andalusia. Emerging from the unique cultural melting pot of the ancient Iberian Peninsula and fostered by centuries of tradition, their music not only captivates the ear and the soul, but is a symbol of integration and coexistence. The repertoire focuses on Arab Andalusian music, preserved and still practiced today in different regions of the Arab world. Hadi Eldebek is an oudist and composer from Beirut, Lebanon. He studied with oud and violin master Simon Shaheen and is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Eldebek is joined on stage by Farah Siraj (vocals), Navid Kandelousi (violin), Zafer Tawil (Qanun), Ramzi Edelbi (percussion), and Mohamad Eldebek (percussion).

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015

    [March 12, 2015]
    Nathalie Handal and Hanna Khoury (U.S./Palestine)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Handal's most recent books include the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía and Love and Strange Horses. Khoury is a violinist trained in Arab and Western classical music. In a performance combining music with Handal's writings, they'll explore the vast Arab influences in Iberian arts and culture.
  • Friday, March 13, 2015

    [March 13, 2015]
    Manhattan Camerata (Argentina/Portugal/ Uruguay): Tango-Fado Project with Binelli-Ferman Duo
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

    This performance explores the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado and features fado singer Catarina Avelar and the critically acclaimed Binelli-Ferman Duo: Argentine composer/bandoneón player Daniel Binelli and Uruguayan pianist Polly Ferman. Manhattan Camerata is a New York–based world music chamber orchestra that integrates Western classical chamber music with several instruments from around the world. The Camerata was founded in 2009 by Argentine composer/pianist Lucía Caruso and Portuguese composer/guitarist Pedro H. da Silva. Free tango class beginning at 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015

    [March 14, 2015]
    Leticia Moreno with Christoph Eschenbach (Spain/Germany)
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    Violinist Leticia Moreno joins NSO Music Director and pianist Christoph Eschenbach for Turina’s Poema de una Sanluqueña, and NSO members Lisa Emenheiser (piano), Natasha Bogachek (violin), and Mark Evans (cello) play Granados’s Piano Trio, Op. 50 in a recital of music from the Iberian Peninsula. Moreno has earned praise for her "captivating vehemence, virtuosity, and brilliancy" (El Païs).
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015

    [March 15, 2015]
    Hiromi Suda (Japan)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

    Vocalist Hiromi Suda began her studies at Berklee College of Music in 2005, quickly developing a keen interest in Brazilian music. Her singular and innovative sound has been recognized by critics as a serious contribution in vocal style and technique. She has performed at clubs and venues throughout New York City, and has toured extensively throughout her native country of Japan. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • Monday, March 16, 2015

    [March 16, 2015]
    The Gift (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Formed in 1994, this popular alternative rock band has performed around the world in Germany, Macau, Paris, Spain, Prague, the United States, and more, with highlights including South by Southwest and the Sonar Festival. Their first album Vinyl went platinum—a first for a debut record of an independent band. Their subsequent album releases were met with equal enthusiasm and success, garnering gold and silver certifications. They've also toured with bands like The Flaming Lips. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    [March 17, 2015]
    Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal/Colombia) and Luísa Sobral (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Two of the today's top female Portuguese musicians perform a double bill. Multi-award-winning singer Ribeiro is a past participant of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center. Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sobral's first album, The Cherry on My Cake, went platinum and was nominated for two Golden Globes. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    [March 18, 2015]
    José André (Bolivia)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Making his U.S. debut, this nine-year-old pianist and Latin jazz phenom, who is blind, has performed with many great jazz musicians throughout Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Both Reuters and the BBC have covered him in international news stories. He is joined on stage by two D.C.-based jazz musicians, Alejandro Lucini on drums and David Jernigan on bass. This performance was made possible through the generous support of the World Bank Group.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2015

    [March 19, 2015]
    António Zambujo (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The acclaimed fado singer merges cante alentejano (male chant from southern Portugal with North African influences) with traditional fado, bossa nova, Brazilian popular music, and jazz. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 as part of Carnegie's World Views program. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute.
  • Friday, March 20, 2015

    [March 20, 2015]
    Rodrigo Leão (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The founding musician behind well-known Portuguese ensemble Madredeus—and founding member of indie-rock band Sétima Legião—began a solo career in 1993. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also composed scores for several films, including 2013's Lee Daniels' The Butler. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015

    [March 21, 2015]
    Brass Ensemble São Paulo (Brazil): Carmen Miranda, Carnaval, and Beyond
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Making their U.S. debut, an ensemble of musicians from the São Paulo Youth Orchestra plays a program of South American rhythms including songs made famous by Portuguese Brazilian entertainer Carmen Miranda, popular songs from Carnaval, and more. Free samba class beginning at 5 p.m. Presented with the support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Governo do Estado de São Paulo, Consulado Geral dos Estados Unidos em São Paulo, Ministério da Cultura do Brasil, and Governo Federal do Brasil.
  • Sunday, March 22, 2015

    [March 22, 2015]
    Timba Street with DC Casineros (U.S.)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Timba Street sports a modern Cuban salsa-fusion of Son Montuno, Cuban Rumba, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Directed by Havana native Aramis Pazos Barrera and featuring members from different parts of D.C. and the United States, the ensemble strives to inspire its audience to dance while introducing this lesser-known, modern style of Cuban salsa. Leading this dance party is DC Casineros, a world-renowned dance company that performs and teaches Cuban dance styles including Rueda de Casino, Afro-Cuban rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Danzón, and Yoruba Orisha dance. Free salsa class beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 23, 2015

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    American Ballet Theatre at 75—A Documentary Film
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The Kennedy Center hosts the world premiere screening of Steeplechase Films’ feature-length documentary celebrating the rich history and legacy of America’s first ballet company. Directed by Ric Burns.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    Direct from Quebec, the trio brings meticulous accompaniment on the guitar, a pulsing accordion, grit-and-polish vocals, and a fiery fiddle to create soaring harmonies.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    [March 25, 2015]
    Natalia Zukerman and The JT Project
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    The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist teams up 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.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    [March 26, 2015]
    Jameson Rodgers and Sara McDonald
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    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.
  • Friday, March 27, 2015

    [March 27, 2015]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Mike Lawrence
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    IN THE FAMILY THEATER
    The New York City–based comedian who 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.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2015

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    Samuel Prather and Groove Orchestra
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    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.
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015

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    Target Family Night: Voices Rising
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    The all-female chorus founded upon feminist principles raises its collective voice in joy and solidarity. The group gives strength to its members and serves the community’s history, present needs, and future possibilities.
  • Monday, March 30, 2015

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    Straight from Los Angeles, the group performs Colombian vallenato music—a traditional cumbia sound that centers around the accordion, backed with percussion and bass.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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    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.
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015

    [April 26, 2015]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ophira Eisenberg
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s hit trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, Comedy Central, and VH-1 and was selected as one of New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny. She recently released her second comedy album BANGS! on Comedy Dynamics. Matty Litwack opens. 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.
  • Sunday, May 10, 2015

    [May 10, 2015]
    Harlem Nights / U Street Lights
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    A Collaborative Presentation of The Apollo and The Kennedy Center.
    Vocalists Queen Esther and Brianna Thomas perform with Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue (directed by Connaitre Miller), mining the rich, related vocal history of the New York and Washington, DC jazz scenes. The evening continues with a ticketed show in The Crossroads Club featuring Jason Moran, Marc Cary, and many others.
More performances to be announced soon.