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This performance: Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.
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    Thursday, April 2, 2015
    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

    Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

    Friday, April 3, 2015
    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

    Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

    Saturday, April 4, 2015
    The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

    In Trombonists of the Kennedy Center, eight highly skilled players from the KCOHO and NSO perform arrangements of works by Handel, Brahms, and Bourgeois.

    Saturday, April 4, 2015
    National Symphony Orchestra

    In Trombonists of the Kennedy Center, eight highly skilled players from the KCOHO and NSO perform arrangements of works by Handel, Brahms, and Bourgeois.

    Sunday, April 5, 2015
    The National Capital Area Choir

    Directed by Thomas K. Pierre Jr., the D.C. area musical ministry performs gospel and sacred music.



    Monday, April 6, 2015
    Shuko Tada

    The Japanese soprano, fresh off her London debut in Madama Butterfly at Royal Albert Hall, presents a recital of Japanese songs. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Monday, April 6, 2015
    Asako Tamura

    The Japanese soprano, fresh off her London debut in Madama Butterfly at Royal Albert Hall, presents a recital of Japanese songs. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Monday, April 6, 2015
    Masayo Ishigure

    The Japanese soprano, fresh off her London debut in Madama Butterfly at Royal Albert Hall, presents a recital of Japanese songs. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    Integriti Reeves

    The singer and her sextet celebrate Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a dynamic performance that features classical jazz partnered with smooth storytelling.

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015
    Quilt

    The Boston-based, psychedelic indie-rock band’s music beams with unapologetic energy and wonder, turning simple songs into absolute anthems. Their latest album Held in Splendor is a collection of poetry, public questions, confessions, and aspirations.

    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    Mark H Taiko

    This collaboration is a program of visually striking images and storytelling through taiko (Japanese percussion instruments) and dance. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    Kristen Koyama

    This collaboration is a program of visually striking images and storytelling through taiko (Japanese percussion instruments) and dance. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    UpRooted Dance

    This collaboration is a program of visually striking images and storytelling through taiko (Japanese percussion instruments) and dance. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Friday, April 10, 2015
    Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe

    One of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan performs thundering taiko drumming infused with traditional Japanese dance as nearly 30 drummers and dancers take the stage. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Saturday, April 11, 2015
    The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

    Under the direction of Mr. Michael Bowie, the talented local ensemble brings its energetic and youthful take on big band jazz. The group’s alumni are graduates of every major music conservatory in America.

    Sunday, April 12, 2015
    Jonny Grave

    In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Lead Belly’s birth, local guitarist and singer/songwriter Jonny Grave and bassist Brian Farrow are joined by fellow folk and blues musicians in a tribute performance to the folk music legend and his work. See also Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster.

    Monday, April 13, 2015
    Howard University Dance Ensemble

    The impressive group, made up of 10-12 young women, performs freestyle moves in hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Colonial Forge Treble Makers

    Two advanced, award-winning high school student groups from Maryland and Virginia perform a split program of jazz standards in various combinations. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble

    Two advanced, award-winning high school student groups from Maryland and Virginia perform a split program of jazz standards in various combinations. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, award-winning young playwrights present their work; a selection from HUFF from Cliff Cardinal; and a dark comedic one-man show. The Festival runs April 14–18 and showcases 140 college students from around the country in various disciplines. 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, April 16, 2015
    NSO Youth Fellows

    The National Symphony Orchestra program develops and encourages high school students to become orchestral musicians through a monitored, performance-oriented training program.

    Friday, April 17, 2015
    NSO Prelude

    Members of the NSO play chamber works by Piston, Rossini, Schulhoff, and Meyer.

    Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Manhattan School of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The Jazz Arts Quintet performs a variety of pieces by Duke Ellington, including “Caravan,” “Through the Night,” “Daydream,” and more.

    Sunday, April 19, 2015
    The San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform opera works from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with piano accompaniment.

    Monday, April 20, 2015
    New England Conservatory of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform string quartets by Bartók and Mendelssohn, songs by Faust and Dvorák, and violin solos by Tchaikovsky and Paganini.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform songs and arias for mezzo-soprano by Strauss, DuParc, & Rossini; and classical works by Lutos?awski, Ravel, Schumann, Strauss, and Liszt.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    The Juilliard School
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform piano trios by Mozart and Ravel.


    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    Eastman School of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students from the Eastman Saxophone Project perform arrangements by Bach, Ravel, Djupstrom, Bryant, and Gorb.

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Berklee College of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER

    The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform both original compositions and works by modern jazz masters. The sextet includes top student composer/performers from Israel, Japan, Korea, Spain, and the United States.



    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Oberlin Conservatory of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform works by Telemann, Kim, Lieberman, Dvorák, Liszt, and a work for electronics by Mitchell Hermann.

    Sunday, April 26, 2015
    Ophira Eisenberg
    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.

    Monday, April 27, 2015
    The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”
    IN THE CONCERT HALL
    The group, part of the arts promotion program carried out by the Polígono Industrial Don Bosco in San Salvador which supports at-risk youth, makes its U.S. debut. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    The Luther Jackson Concert Choir

    The talented local high school choirs from Maryland and Virginia present a joint program of classical works and contemporary favorites, including works by Mozart, and will perform in various languages. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir

    The talented local high school choirs from Maryland and Virginia present a joint program of classical works and contemporary favorites, including works by Mozart, and will perform in various languages. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Maris Briezkalns Quintet

    The Latvian quintet performs works inspired by the great artwork of Mark Rothko with a unique audiovisual project.

    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Rebellum

    Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, performance artist Aisha Cousins and director Letitia Guillory's collaboration this past January led to two BRIC Studio/Brooklyn, NY sold-out performances of Brer Rabbit: The Opera - A Funky Meditation on Gentrification. Rebellum, Burnt Sugar Arkestra's avant funk & roll splinter cell, performs music from Brer Rabbit along with new Burnt Sugar Arkestra selections from their yet-to-be-released DVD, Black from the Abyss.



    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    NSO Prelude



    Sunday, May 10, 2015
    Queen Esther
    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.

    Sunday, May 10, 2015
    Brianna Thomas
    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.

    Sunday, May 10, 2015
    Afro Blue
    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.