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Tal National’s joyously hypnotic and highly unique West African guitar music is conveyed by lightning-fast rhythms and with a rotating cast of vocalists. Through their music, the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads on ancient trade routes comes alive. 

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    Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    Tal National

    Tal National’s joyously hypnotic and highly unique West African guitar music is conveyed by lightning-fast rhythms and with a rotating cast of vocalists. Through their music, the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads on ancient trade routes comes alive. 



    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Great American Songbook High School Competition

    Join the great American Songbook Ambassadors as they make their Kennedy Center debut and pay tribute to this iconic canon of music. Performers include the 2015 winner, Lucas Debard; 2014 winner Maddie Baillio; Nick Ziobro; and 2013 winner Julia Goodwin with members of the American Pops Orchestra.

    Friday, September 4, 2015
    Loud Boyz

    For the festival’s opening performance, the Kennedy Center rocks harder than ever with Loud Boyz. Formed in 2014 in Washington, D.C., Loud Boyz collide punk, hardcore, and garage rock in a way that Vice’s Noisey calls “the kind of music meant to be blared from rooftops.” Part of Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Saturday, September 5, 2015
    Washington Improv Theater

    iMusical, the company’s longest running ensemble, ranges from the silly to the sublime, with something for hard-core improv and musical theater fans alike. iMusical combines long-form improvisation with modern musical theater to craft spontaneous musicals with integrity and fun.

    Sunday, September 6, 2015
    VSA Playwright Discovery

    This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Excerpts of four scripts will be performed as staged readings. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing. 

    A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program.

    Monday, September 7, 2015
    Synetic Theater

    Synetic Theater Company presents a demonstration of the Synetic Technique followed by a few scenes from their upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland with a post-performance Q&A to follow. 

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015
    Dynasty Band

    The D.C.-based, 13-piece ensemble, Darren Harper’s The Dynasty Band, takes the sounds of jazz, pop, R&B, big band, and call-and-response and uniquely infuses them with the syncopated rhythms of American, African, and Latin percussion that make up the backbone of D.C.’s own native Go-Go sound.

    Part of Finding A Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    Chariots

    After years apart from the stage, D.C.’s most chaotic ska band, The Chariots, is returning to play a combination of old school ska/reggae classics and bold originals that probe the highs and lows of the modern “rude boy.”

    Part of Finding A Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Pedrito Martinez

    In a performance shining a spotlight on the sports and diplomacy work by Finding A Line partners Cuba Skate, the Pedrito Martinez Group shows off its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. 

    Part of Finding A Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Friday, September 11, 2015
    Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

    Festival Curators Jason Moran and Ben Ashworth, Chief Skate Ambassador Jimmy Pelletier, skateboarders Natalie Krishna Das and Ron Allen, and Woodward Digital Media Director Dave Metty lead a screening and discussion of iconic videos that inspire their life and work. 

    Part of Finding A Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    Washington National Opera

    Washington National Opera previews the company’s upcoming production of Bizet’s Carmen with a performance by members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015
    123 Andres

    Andrés Salguero is 123 Andrés, one of the most exciting voices in the family music scene today. His new CD, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, Andrés! en Español y en Inglés, is an interactive celebration of Latin culture for children and families.

    Monday, September 14, 2015
    Maurette Brown Clark

    Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, has been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for more than 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Joining the U.S. Navy Band Commodores in performance is vocalist and Musician 1st Class Kristine Hsia.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    Andrea Assaf

    Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry-based multimedia performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. Written and directed by Andrea Assaf, featuring live music with an international ensemble of women artists, Eleven Reflections offers an embodied manifesto on the devastation and empowerment of women in the face of war. 

    Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    Sones De Mexico Ensemble

    Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with a luscious concert by Sones de México, a two-time Grammy Award®–nominated sextet from Chicago. Specializing in regional folk music from Mexico, the sextet performs on a collection of more than 30 traditional musical instruments.

    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Kate Berlant
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Brooklyn-based comedian Kate Berlant performs in comedy festivals across the country and was recently profiled by the New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” at the forefront of experimental comedy. John F. O’Donnell opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will be streamed live but will not be archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Friday, September 18, 2015
    National Symphony Orchestra

    The National Symphony Orchestra previews its 2015–2016 Season with selections by Mozart, Brahms, Copland, Ravel, Prokofiev, Debussy, Beethoven, and Dvorák. Roderick Cox conducts.

    Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Caroline Stephanie Clay

    Written and performed by Caroline Stephanie Clay, this performance is a look at the life of the 19th century sculptress. A rich celebration of artistic agency and freedom, emancipation, and the joys and challenges of creative genius. Her talents emerging in the days following the Civil War while a student at Oberlin College, Edmonia Lewis was an African American and Native American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.



    Sunday, September 20, 2015
    Sam Post

    Pianist/composer Sam Post is not your typical classical performer. He weaves wit and commentary into his program of folk- and American-themed 20th and 21st century piano music, including his own original ragtime and pieces inspired by the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Ke$ha, among others. He has been praised in the Washington Post as a “pianist of drive and intelligence” (Tim Page) and “a mind most comfortable with lucid structure and textural contrast” (Joan Reinthaler). Among his numerous awards, in 2014 he won first prize at the Wonderlic Piano Competition and performed Bach’s Art of Fugue with fellow keyboard player Ralitza Patcheva as part of the Washington International Piano Series at Catholic University and Levine Presents.

    Monday, September 21, 2015
    Anu Yadav

    A FREE panel discussion with performance elements. Part of Millennium Stage.With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Colin Hovde, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav.
    When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes


    Monday, September 21, 2015
    Paige Hernandez

    A FREE panel discussion with performance elements. Part of Millennium Stage.With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Colin Hovde, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav.
    When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes


    Monday, September 21, 2015
    Colin Hovde

    A FREE panel discussion with performance elements. Part of Millennium Stage.With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Colin Hovde, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav.
    When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes


    Monday, September 21, 2015
    Caleen Sinnette Jennings

    A FREE panel discussion with performance elements. Part of Millennium Stage.With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Colin Hovde, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav.
    When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes


    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    Words Beats & Life

    This performance showcases some of the District’s most talented young DJs, MCs, poets, hip-hop dancers, and B-boy and B-girl apprentice students from the Words Beats & Life Academy. Presented in collaboration with Words Beats & Life.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay

    The internationally known and recipients of the Golden Citizen National Award issued by the Latin American Center for Development (2012, 2013), the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay performs a spirited program on the Millennium Stage.

    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Down Hill Strugglers

    Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress, The Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen, and Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton give a performance on the Millennium Stage. 

    Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. The noontime concerts are held on the Neptune Plaza of the Library’s Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, once a month from April through November. Inclement weather locations are the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium (Jefferson Building) or the Mumford Room (6th floor in the Madison Building). All concerts are free and open to the public.

    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Jerron Paxton

    Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress, The Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen, and Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton give a performance on the Millennium Stage. 

    Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. The noontime concerts are held on the Neptune Plaza of the Library’s Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, once a month from April through November. Inclement weather locations are the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium (Jefferson Building) or the Mumford Room (6th floor in the Madison Building). All concerts are free and open to the public.

    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    John Cohen

    Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress, The Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen, and Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton give a performance on the Millennium Stage. 

    Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. The noontime concerts are held on the Neptune Plaza of the Library’s Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, once a month from April through November. Inclement weather locations are the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium (Jefferson Building) or the Mumford Room (6th floor in the Madison Building). All concerts are free and open to the public.

    Friday, September 25, 2015
    Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

    Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra joins BravO members for the BravO Season Kickoff Party! Led by percussionist Gianni Mano and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat. The program features indie pop and famous opera tunes arranged under the influence of the ’70s Fania/Salsa Dura scene and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Dance lessons at 5pm.

    BravO is WNO’s group for young professionals under age 40. All ticket holders are invited to a special post-performance party in the Grand Foyer following the Friday, September 25 performance of Carmen. The party will feature a BravO exclusive champagne toast, music by the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, dancing at the Millennium Stage, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, a photo booth, a tattoo bar, and the beautiful view of the river terrace.

    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Ronee Penoi

    Playwrights: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner
    Showcase of work by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders.
    Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Alexandra Petri

    Playwrights: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner
    Showcase of work by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders.
    Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Hannah Hessel Ratner

    Playwrights: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner
    Showcase of work by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders.
    Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Rachel Hynes

    Playwrights: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner
    Showcase of work by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders.
    Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    FRESHH Inc.

    Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival
    Details will be announced soon

    Sunday, November 1, 2015
    Adam Lowitt
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A three-time Emmy Award–winning Co-Executive Producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Adam Lowitt has appeared as a standup comedian on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show for Comedy Central and performs regularly in New York City and across the nation. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.