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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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Music's rising stars from the nation's top conservatories performing in the Terrace Theater
Note: There is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events.
- The Domestic Crusaders 11/14/2010
- Furia Flamenca 10/10/10
- They Might Be Giants 10/2/2010
- Ozomatli 9/15/2010
- Broadway Today & Tomorrow 2/1/2009
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Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets RequiredPerformance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
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Monday, October 20, 2014The banjo player and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence pushes the boundaries of banjo music into uncharted territory with a sound rooted in the traditions of Appalachian folk music.Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014Members of the National Symphony Orchestra training program—Eric Costantino, viola (11th grade, West Potomac High School, Alexandria, VA), Didi Park, cello (12th grade, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Falls Church, VA), Gaby Pho, horn (8th grade, Poe Middle, Annandale, VA), and Julia Angelov, violin (8th grade, National Cathedral School, DC)—perform solos on the Millennium Stage. The program encourages high school students to become orchestral musicians of the future through a monitored, performance-oriented training program designed for serious music students.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014Listen Local First D.C. presents PreeThe D.C. group combines a wide variety of folk instrumentation with electric and digital elements to create a unique sound brimming with layered melodies and contagious energy.
Thursday, October 23, 2014Washington National Opera presents Highlights from La bohèmeEnjoy a free preview of musical highlights from La bohème, featuring members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists from the WNO production in the Opera House this November.
Friday, October 24, 2014The D.C. ensemble performs its own blend of world music inspired by its native Ukrainian roots, bringing together the old with the new in an exciting repertoire of Eastern European folk music.
Saturday, October 25, 2014Target Family Night: Chocolate City Rocks presents Jali D, Uncle Devin, and Baba Ras DThis for the kids edition features live performances by critically acclaimed musicians, youth-specialized entertainers, and educators and is hosted by Risikat Okedeyi.
Sunday, October 26, 2014Theatre Mala Scena's Little Needle GirlThis show uses miming and circus arts to tell the story of an unusual girl who was born with needles all around her body. Although she tries desperately to fit in with everybody else, she struggles to find a place in society. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Croatia.
Monday, October 27, 2014The company performs old style Irish dance in a hilarious modern day theatrical context. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Ireland.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014Laurent Piron's Magicalement DroleHighly skilled magic, comedy, and a bit of craziness come together for a dynamic performance that won’t soon be forgotten! Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Belgium.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014The Vietnamese contemporary dance company brings The Mist, a contemporary work that echoes the gradual change in Vietnam itself, as young artists work within their country’s history, traditions, and aesthetics to forge new forms of creative expression. This performance is part of Center Stage, a program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.
Thursday, October 30, 2014This folk/pop ensemble performance features a sing-along with the children from Riga-European Capital of Culture 2014. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Latvia.
Friday, October 31, 2014The Loser’s Lounge & Halloween BOOgie Down
Learn moves to the "Monster Mash," "Time Warp," and "Thriller." Test drive your moves with one of New York City's best party bands, The Loser's Lounge. Dance lessons by Quynn Johnson begin at 5 p.m., with live music starting at 6 p.m.
Wear your most creative costume for the chance to win fabulous prizes in the following categories: Best Kid Costume (ages 6 and under, 7-12, 13-17); Best Character (TV, movies, theater, literature, comics, you name it! Extra points if it is Kennedy Center-related!); Funniest (Here's your chance to be ironic, clever, or just plain silly!); Scariest (Need we say more??). In the spirit of creativity, preference will be given to homemade costumes.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014Kids Euro Festival: The British Arts Council presents The Ugly Animal Roadshow
Monday, November 3, 2014Kids Euro Festival: Embassy of Hungary presents Rozsafa Folk Ensemble
Tuesday, November 4, 2014Kids Euro Festival: Embassy of Estonia presents Science Centre AHHAA
Wednesday, November 5, 2014Kids Euro Festival: Embassy of Greece presents Aglaia Koras
Thursday, November 6, 2014Kids Euro Festival: Embassy of Finland presents Sanna Valvanne
Monday, November 17, 2014Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Chris GethardIN THE THEATER LABComedian 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 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, 2014Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Mark NormandIN THE THEATER LABComedian 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.
Thursday, January 8, 2015Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Rachel FeinsteinIN THE TERRACE THEATERA nationally touring comedian and actress, D.C. area native Rachel Feinstein is known for her ability to morph into any ethnicity and even cross genders to skewer issues of race, class, and pop culture. Rachel was a finalist on Season 7 of Last Comic Standing, she was featured on Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey, and she has had her own half hour special, Comedy Central Presents: Rachel Feinstein. 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.
Thursday, February 26, 2015Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Hari KondaboluIN THE TERRACE THEATERThe 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.
The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts
accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission to its community and the nation.
Additional funding for the Millennium Stage is provided by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., Jaylee M. Mead†, The Meredith Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation,
Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A.J. Stolwijk, U.S. Department of Education, and the
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund.
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund - James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, Fannie Mae Foundation, James V. Kimsey, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.