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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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List of upcoming Millennium Stage performances.

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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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  • Sunday, February 1, 2015

    [February 1, 2015]
    Scot Reese: My Favorite Things
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    The musical theater connoisseur, educator, and local artist present cabaret songs from the Broadway stage, the American songbook, and contemporary standards.
    Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.
  • Monday, February 2, 2015

    [February 2, 2015]
    Imani-Grace Cooper Sings Fitzgerald/Strayhorn
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    The Howard University music major and jazz vocalist pays homage to the legendary 1957 recording project, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook, in which Miss Fitzgerald recorded a dozen Billy Strayhorn compositions. The band includes Cyrus Chestnut, piano, Elijah Balbed, saxophones, Eliot Seppa, bass, and Abinnet Berhanu, drums. Presented in collaboration with East River Jazz.
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    [February 3, 2015]
    Radford University Percussion Ensemble
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    Comprised of full-time students, the ensemble performs standard repertoire, contemporary works, and fun adaptations.
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    [February 4, 2015]
    Washington National Opera Preview: Dialogues of the Carmelites and The Flying Dutchman
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    Washington National Opera presents selections from its two upcoming productions, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015

    [February 5, 2015]
    Ashley Daneman Band presents Beauty Indestructable
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    As part of her Beauty Indestructible tour, the singer performs a unique breed of heartfelt jazz and modern folk.
  • Friday, February 6, 2015

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    Students from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during- and after-school music program perform.
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015

    [February 7, 2015]
    Revelations Workshop with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
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    Begins at 5:30 p.m.
    One of America’s favorite dance companies offers a special group workshop for beginners. Learn choreography from Revelations, the company’s most iconic work. Master Teacher for Arts in Education and former dancer with the Alvin Ailey company, Nasha Thomas-Schmitt teaches excerpts from the sections “I've Been 'Buked,” “Wade in the Water,” and “Rocka My Soul.”
  • Sunday, February 8, 2015

    [February 8, 2015]
    Colette: A One-Woman Show—The Author of Gigi in Her Own Words written by Zack Rogow and performed by Lorri Holt
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    San Francisco Bay area actor Lorri Holt performs the show written by Zack Rogow and based on Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems, a collection of Colette’s work.
  • Monday, February 9, 2015

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    Straight from the Central Conservatory Preparatory School in China, the group makes their Kennedy Center debut.
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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    The New Orleans singer-songwriter and his trio perform original works in his colorful troubadour style, shaped with storytelling.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    The group returns with its trademark shadow puppetry that features a collection of six signature vignettes based on Chinese folklore. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of China.
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015

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    The New York–based singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer, best known for her work with Os Mutantes and Pistolera, re-interprets classic love and protest songs that narrate Latin America’s history and influenced her own life story.
  • Friday, February 13, 2015

    [February 13, 2015]
    Target Family Night: The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University
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    The Howard University group, directed by Reginald Golden, performs its energetic gospel music. The ensemble is formed by students, alumni, and community members, and is the first college choir of its kind.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015

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    The New York City–based pianist presents a program of classical and contemporary solo piano works inspired by dreams and delirium. It includes works by Fred Hersch, William Albright, Nikolai Kapustin, Toby Twining, Ravel, and a world premiere of a commissioned work for piano and multimedia by Daniel Bernard Roumain.
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes for sextet, a string quartet by Arensky, and vocal works for bass-baritone by Rachmaninoff. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Monday, February 16, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform a Beethoven String Quartet, Weirich’s Steamboat Stomp for French Horn solo, a soprano aria by Verdi, and Ouyang’s brand new Three Pieces for Piano. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students from the Chamber Choir perform Gregg Smith’s On the Beach at Night, two Whitman songs, and David Lang’s the little match girl passion. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students play Bach’s Violin Partita BWV 1002 on marimba, Peskin’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1, the Andante Favori in F by Beethoven, Tableaux, Op. 33 by Rachmaninoff, and contemporary works by Eric Sammut, Gabriel Noval, and Jasmine Choi. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform a work for bassoon and piano by Tamplini, various vocal selections for soprano, a string quartet by Brahms, and the Firebird Suite for piano by Stravinsky. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Friday, February 20, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform a violin sonata by Debussy; Liszt’s Sposalizio from Années de Pèlerinage for piano; songs by Haydn, R. Strauss, and Menotti for soprano; and a string quartet by Bartók. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform perform Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor and R. Strauss’s Piano Quartet in C minor. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Sunday, February 22, 2015

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform Cantigas de Santa Maria by a Spanish Renaissance composer, arias for soprano by R. Strauss, songs by Brahms for tenor, Mey’s Musique de Tables for percussion, York’s Fantasia for Four Violas, and solo piano works by Chopin and Balakirev. Part of the Conservatory Project.
  • Monday, February 23, 2015

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    The dancer presents an original dance work that serves as testimony and a tribute to Sarah Baartman, a South African woman better known as the Hottentot Venus, but also as an ode to black women. They Call Her Venus, created in collaboration with Paco Dècina, melds traditional Afro-Caribbean moves with contemporary aesthetics.
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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    The quintet performs classic and modern jazz standards led by TSgt Grant Langford.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    [February 25, 2015]
    Apollo Orchestra with Harolyn Blackwell
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The D.C. group presents Dance Music of the Americas, featuring Ginastera, Copland, Stravinsky, and Arturo Márquez. The program also features Metropolitan Opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell as guest soloist in the orchestral premiere of excerpts from Ricky Ian Gordon’s Genius Child, and in the spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand.” Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

    [February 26, 2015]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Hari Kondabolu
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The New York Times has called Hari Kondabolu “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” Hari served as a writer and correspondent on the Chris Rock–produced television show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX, and has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. Opening set by Elahe Izadi. 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.
  • Friday, February 27, 2015

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    The trailblazing dance troupe graces the stage with its risky, experimental dance works and masterpieces by legendary pioneers in African American dance.
  • 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.
  • 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 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's 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 (Mozambique)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Making his U.S. debut, the internationally renowned saxophonist—also a well-known producer, composer, and ethnomusicologist—has 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. In partnership 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, and his 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

    The composer, oud player, and Arabic music teaching artist has performed with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and more. Hadi will introduce poetry and music in the traditional Arab-Andalusian repertoire, performed 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.)
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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): Tango-Fado Project with Maestro Daniel Binelli
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The New York–based chamber orchestra integrates Western music with world instruments and styles. Exploring the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado, this performance features fado singer Catarina Avelar, pianist Polly Ferman, and Argentine composer/bandoneón player Maestro Daniel Binelli.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015

    [March 14, 2015]
    Leticia Moreno with Christoph Eschenbach (Spain/Germany)
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    Violinist Leticia Moreno will be joined by NSO Music Director and pianist Christoph Eschenbach for a duo recital of music from the Iberian Peninsula. Leticia Muñoz 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
    Originally from Japan, this stunning vocalist began her studies at Berklee College of Music and soon developed a keen interest in Brazilian music. She produces a singular and innovative sound, recognized by critics as a serious contribution in vocal style and technique.
  • 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. They've also toured with bands like The Flaming Lips. In partnership 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 went platinum and was nominated for two Golden Globes. In partnership 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.
  • 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. In partnership 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. He has also composed scores for several films, including 2013's The Butler directed by Lee Daniels. In partnership with Arte Institute
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015

    [March 21, 2015]
    Brass Ensemble São Paulo (Brazil): Carmen Miranda, Carnival, 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 Carnival, and more.
  • Friday, March 27, 2015

    [March 27, 2015]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ron Funches
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    IN THE FAMILY THEATER
    Stand-up comedian Ron Funches’s easygoing, inventive style sounds the way fresh chocolate chip cookies taste. Ron performs stand-up all over the United States, impressing audiences everywhere. He has performed live on TBS's Conan O'Brien Show and is a regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and The Kroll Show. 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.
  • 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.