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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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  • Friday, October 31, 2014

    [October 31, 2014]
    The Loser’s Lounge & Halloween BOOgie Down
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    Learn dance steps 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.

    Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014

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    One of Cuba’s most extraordinary pianists, Pacheco and his quartet perform a concert blending traditional Cuban and jazz music.
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014

    [November 2, 2014]
    The Ugly Animal Roadshow (UK)
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    The Ugly Animal Preservation Society’s popular family comedy show. Come and vote for your favorite ugly animal! For age 7+. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the British Arts Council.
  • Monday, November 3, 2014

    [November 3, 2014]
    Rózsafa Folk Ensemble (Hungary)
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    This program features traditional Hungarian folk music and dancing. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary.
  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    [November 4, 2014]
    Aha! Fun with Science (Estonia)
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     From Science Centre AHHAA, experience the multitude of awesome scientific experiments that the average Estonian goes through in a typical day! For age 4+. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Estonia.

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    [November 5, 2014]
    Aglaia Koras (Greece)
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    The concert pianist plays a program of classics, including Greek works. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Greece.
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014

    [November 6, 2014]
    Sanna Valvanne (Finland)
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    Valvanne uses storytelling, singing, dancing, and theater to take the audience on a journey around the globe. For age 5+. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland.
  • Friday, November 7, 2014

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    This Colombian-based contemporary dance company performs traditional Afro-Indian and Caribbean styles.

    This performance is presented in collaboration with the IDB Cultural Center and The Embassy of Colombia.
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014

    [November 8, 2014]
    The Complete History of Malta (More or Less) (Malta)
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    More or Less Theatre’s hilarious family show offers 7,000 years of Maltese history in an action-packed and interactive hour. For age 7+. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Malta.
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014

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    Duduaka Da Fonseca (drums), Maucha Adnet (vocals), Helio Alves (piano), and Chuck Redd (vibraphone) are internationally acclaimed musicians of the highest caliber.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014

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    The “Traditional Irish Band of the Decade” (Irish American News), features Paul Brock (button accordion, melodeon), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O’Meara (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals), and Denis Carey (piano).
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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    U.S. Army Blues presents a Veterans Day Celebration
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    Members of the band present an evening of music in celebration of Veterans Day.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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    Asian American Music Society 2014 International Competition
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    Winners of the Asian American Music Society’s 2014 Woodwind, Piano, String, and Voice International Competition perform.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

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    The ensemble returns to perform a concert featuring the oud (the Arabic lute).
  • Friday, November 14, 2014

    [November 14, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]

    Started in 1969 and invited into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2012, the group brings a program to the stage inspired by Veterans Day.

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014

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    Target Family Night: D.C. Public Schools Honor Band
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    This program features the city’s finest young musicians as chosen by middle and high school band directors.
  • Sunday, November 16, 2014

    [November 16, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The band performs original music based on the sounds of Eastern European brass bands that blend dance music with impeccable improvisation and melody.
  • 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 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.
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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    Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh
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    Brooklyn-based guitarist Gordy and Portland, Maine–based mandolin player Walsh are entertaining and talented gentlemen of bluegrass.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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    Hailing from Nashville, guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum blend an eclectic array of vintage and modern influences.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014

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    U.S. Air Force Chamber String Ensemble
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    The group performs music composed during the lifetime of French artist Edgar Degas in support of the world premiere original Kennedy Center musical, Little Dancer.
  • Friday, November 21, 2014

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    Students in George Mason University’s contemporary music ensemble perform varied repertoire, including arrangements of concert music by Frank Zappa and Beck, as well as original compositions.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014

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    National Symphony Orchestra members Joel Fuller (violin), Alexandra Osborne (violin), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello), who make up the Last Stand Quartet, perform works by Haydn and Borodin.
  • Sunday, November 23, 2014

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    Eishin Nose's The Gate
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    Jazz pianist Eishin Nose and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi perform selections from their critically acclaimed 2012 live album, The Gate. Presented by the S&R Foundation.
  • Monday, November 24, 2014

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    The Voice of Anne Frank
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Dancer Mirenka Cechová and cellist Nancy Jo Snider utilize dance, music, spoken word, sound effects, and lighting to convey the words of Anne Frank’s diary. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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    This local D.C. blues band has been nominated for several Wammies and named a Top 4 Fan favorite the last three years in a row.
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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    The internationally acclaimed violinist plays an evening of classical music. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Romania.
  • Thursday, November 27, 2014

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    Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party: A Night at the Stork Club
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    Dance off that turkey and stuffing at a 1940s-themed Swing Dance Party. Gotta Swing presents a festive program featuring dancing and music by Johnny Boyd. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dance party from 7–9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 28, 2014

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    A Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and a former part-time member of the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown’s band, the saxophonist leads his band in an evening of straight-ahead jazz.
  • Saturday, November 29, 2014

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    David Zellnik and Joe Zellnik
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    A performance of musical selections from composer and lyricist/librettist (respectively) David Zellnik (Yank!, Orville and Wilbur Did It, Hunters and Thieves, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom) and Joe Zellnik (Yank!, Trust Me, The Uncrowned Queen of Ireland, Destination: Murder, Broadway’s Epic Fail). Part of Broadway: Today and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
  • Sunday, November 30, 2014

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    An evening of musical selections from lyricist Gregory Nebours. Part of Broadway: Today and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
  • 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.
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015

    [January 8, 2015]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Rachel Feinstein
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A 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, 2015

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    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.
More performances to be announced soon.