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2014-2015 Season Announcement

 


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Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Dec. 16, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel's favorite son features Broadway stars and American Idol sensations, husband-and-wife duo Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young.

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uncredited The Illusionists

Jan. 6 - 11, 2015
It's the world's best-selling magic show, direct from Broadway! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the talents of seven incredible Illusionists with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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uncredited Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Will Chase

Fri., Jan. 9, 2015, 7:30 PM
A Tony Award nominee for his "magnetic" (The New York Times) performance in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Will Chase (Rent, Miss Saigon, TV's Smash and Nashville) makes his Kennedy Center debut.

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Show Art Gigi

Jan. 16 - Feb. 12, 2015
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Eric Schaeffer directs a world premiere production of Lerner and Loewe's musical comedy, where true love between a free-spirited young woman and a wealthy young playboy must overcome the conventions of turn-of-the-century Paris.

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uncredited Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape

Feb. 6 - 7, 2015
Conceived, written, and directed by Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi, this D.C. premiere work centers on "Tokyo Rose," English-speaking female radio announcers who broadcasted Japanese propaganda programs during World War II aimed at Allied forces.

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uncredited Barbara Cook's Spotlight: LaChanze

Fri., Feb. 13, 2015, 7:30 PM
One of the bright stars in Broadway's If/Then, "unfailingly charming" (The New York Times) Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island), makes her Kennedy Center debut.

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uncredited Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Malcolm Gets

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 7:30 PM
Praised as a "suave musical theater actor" (The Washington Post), Tony Award nominee Malcolm Gets (Amour, Merrily We Roll Along, HBO's Grey Gardens) returns, following his Kennedy Center debut in 2010's The Lisbon Traviata.


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Joan Marcus The Book of Mormon

Jun. 16 - Aug. 16, 2015
The smash musical and nine-time Tony Award winner returns! The Broadway phenomenon from the creators of South Park has been hailed as "the best musical of this century" by the New York Times.


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<p>photo by Joan Marcus</p> Once

Jul. 7 - Aug. 16, 2015
Theatrically breathtaking, the eight-time 2012 Tony Award–winning musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

uncredited Shear Madness

Oct. 1, 2014 - Mar. 31, 2015
Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 12,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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<p>Photo by Rosalie O'Connor</p> IBERIAN SUITE: Festival Opening Performance

Tue., Mar. 3, 2015, 7:30 PM
Don't miss singers Carminho (Portugal) and Eugenia León (Mexico), dance company Grupo Corpo (Brazil), Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra (Bolivia/UK), saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça (Mozambique), and ballet dancers Ángel and Carmen Corella (Spain).

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uncredited IBERIAN SUITE: Arakaendar Choir & Orchestra / Ashley Solomon, conductor (Bolivia/UK): Baroque Music from Jesuit Reductions in Bolivia

Wed., Mar. 4, 2015, 7:30 PM
Founded in 2006 by Father Piotr Nawrot and conducted by founder Ashley Solomon, this choir of Bolivians performs classical Baroque music in Latin as well as its members' seven native dialects.

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uncredited IBERIAN SUITE: Teatro Meridional (Portugal): Contos em Viagem--Cabo Verde

Wed., Mar. 4, 2015, 7:30 PM
The award-winning theater company presents the U.S. premiere of a one-woman play based on texts with both regional context and universal emotions and featuring an onstage musician.

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uncredited Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Thursday - Camané & Carminho, fado (Portugal) / Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain)

Mar. 5 - 7, 2015
Spain's Jesús López-Cobos conducts two programs: one featuring Portuguese fado plus works by Turina and Albéniz (Thu.), another celebrating composers from Spain and Brazil (Fri./Sat.).

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photo by Sharen Bradford IBERIAN SUITE: Grupo Corpo (Brazil): Sem Mim & Onqotô

Mar. 6 - 7, 2015
Hailed as "Brazil's leading ambassador of contemporary dance" (Toronto's The Globe and Mail), Grupo Corpo returns with cutting-edge style in its acclaimed works Sem Mim and Onqotô.

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Photo by Magda Bizarro IBERIAN SUITE: Mundo Perfeito (Portugal): By Heart and Three fingers below the knee

Mar. 7 - 8, 2015
Organized around the work of co-Artistic Director Tiago Rodrigues, the Portuguese theater company makes its U.S. debut with the audience-participation work By Heart and the historically inspired Three fingers below the knee.

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Photo by Javi Rojo IBERIAN SUITE: Concha Buika (Spain) with Iván "Melon" Lewis & Continuum Quartet (Cuba)

Sun., Mar. 8, 2015, 8:00 PM
An internationally renowned, multi-genre singer, prolific recording artist, and two-time Latin Grammy winner, Concha Buika is joined by brilliant pianist Iván "Melon" Lewis and his Continuum Quartet.

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photo by Peter Muller IBERIAN SUITE: Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras (Spain): Voces, Suite Flamenca

Mon., Mar. 9, 2015, 8:00 PM
Hailed as a "formidable dancer" (The Guardian) and "a performer of understated magnetism" (The Metro), flamenco superstar Sara Baras and her company present the D.C. premiere of her sizzling 2014 work, Voces, Suite Flamenca.

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photo by Antonio Cabrita IBERIAN SUITE: Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo (Portugal): Fado, Rituals and Shadows

Mar. 10 - 11, 2015
Founded in 1997 by Vasco Wellenkamp, Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo makes its Kennedy Center debut with Fado, Rituals and Shadows, performed to a soundtrack featuring the voice of Portuguese fado singer Carla Pires.

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Photo by Tom Wolff IBERIAN SUITE: PostClassical Ensemble (Spain/U.S.): Iberian Mystics: The Confluence of Faiths

Mar. 10 - 11, 2015
The ensemble presents a U.S. premiere multimedia program of music, flamenco dance, poetry, and visual art inspired by a confluence of Islamic, Catholic, and Jewish influences and written by Antonio Muñoz Molina and Joseph Horowitz.

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uncredited IBERIAN SUITE: Compañía María Pagés (Spain): Utopía

Mar. 11 - 12, 2015
"The leading innovator of modern flamenco" (The New York Times), Spain-based dancer and choreographer María Pagés brings the U.S. premiere of her 2011 work Utopía for her company's Kennedy Center debut.

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<p>Scott Suchman</p> Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain

Mar. 12 - 14, 2015
Iberian culture's impact on France is explored through Ravel's Boléro, Chabrier's España, Debussy's Ibéria, and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole featuring violinist Leticia Moreno's NSO debut.

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Mala Voadora with Third Angel IBERIAN SUITE: Mala Voadora (Portugal) with Third Angel (UK): What I Heard About the World

Mar. 13 - 14, 2015
Lisbon-based theater company Mala Voadora and contemporary English company Third Angel make their U.S. debut with a comedic series of thought-provoking and topical vignettes that attempt to describe a world that seems to get bigger by the day.

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Mal Pelo Company IBERIAN SUITE: María Muñoz, Mal Pelo (Spain) & Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza (Mexico)

Mar. 13 - 14, 2015
In a double bill program, María Muñoz, Artistic Director of Mal Pelo Dance Company, brings the U.S. premiere of her solo piece Bach, followed by Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza with a new work, Made in Mexico XX.

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Logo IBERIAN SUITE: Tres Pablos: Casals, Neruda, and Picasso -- A Multimedia Celebration

Fri., Mar. 13, 2015, 8:00 PM
Moderated by Marie Arana, this tribute to three giants of the Spanish-speaking world features short videos, live music, and interviews with Marta Casals Istomin, widow of Pablo Casals, and Julia Alvarez, a translator of Pablo Neruda.

Logo IBERIAN SUITE: Literature Panel: From My Language, I See the Sea (Da Minha Lingua Ve-Se o Mar)

Sat., Mar. 14, 2015, 10:30 AM
Afonso Cruz, Ondjaki, José Luis Peixoto, and Tatiana Salem Levy--celebrated artists from Portugal, Angola, and Brazil--talk about writing and their abiding love for the Portuguese language. Free ticketed event

Logo IBERIAN SUITE: Literature Panel: The Measure of Cervantes' Tongue

Sat., Mar. 14, 2015, 1:00 PM
Award-winning American translator Edith Grossman and novelist and literary critic Eduardo Lago--who know the language of Cervantes as few do--share their knowledge of the literary master. Free ticketed event

Logo IBERIAN SUITE: Literature Panel: A Tribute to José Saramago

Sat., Mar. 14, 2015, 3:30 PM
Novelists Gonçalo Tavares and Laura Restrepo, author and literary critic Adriana Lisboa, and Saramago's widow and translator Pilar del Río Sánchez embark on a rousing tribute to the Portuguese Nobel Laureate. Free ticketed event

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uncredited IBERIAN SUITE: Eugenia León y Las Voces de Mujeres, Voces del Pueblo (Mexico)

Mar. 14 - 15, 2015
The internationally renowned songstress and Mexican cultural icon pays tribute to the greatest Ibero-American female singers in a special multimedia performance featuring composers from 13 countries.

Logo IBERIAN SUITE: Literature Panel: The Hispanic-American Identity - A 500-Year Saga

Sun., Mar. 15, 2015, 12:00 PM
Esmeralda Santiago, Francisco Goldman, Cristina Henríquez, and Achy Obejas explore what it means to be a member of America's largest minority and how their contrasting works speak to an overall Hispanic American identity. Free ticketed event

Logo IBERIAN SUITE: Literature Panel: The Boundless Spanish Imagination

Sun., Mar. 15, 2015, 2:00 PM
Valerie Miles moderates a discussion with Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Antonio Muñoz Molina--two of the most successful contemporary Spanish-language novelists--on how Spain's literary traditions have shaped their work. Free ticketed event

Logo IBERIAN SUITE: Literature Panel: A Song for Iberia: Six Voices of Literary Masters Then and Now

Sun., Mar. 15, 2015, 4:30 PM
To celebrate the stunning diversity of Spanish- and Portuguese-language authors, contemporary writers from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal talk about their work amidst echoes from their literary predecessors. Free ticketed event

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uncredited IBERIAN SUITE: Carmen Souza (Cape Verde): Live at Lagny Jazz Festival Tour

Mon., Mar. 16, 2015, 8:00 PM
One of the most in-demand jazz and world singers in Europe returns to the Kennedy Center with her signature mix of West African rhythms and contemporary jazz .

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uncredited IBERIAN SUITE: Teatro de La Abadía (Spain): Entremeses

Mar. 17 - 18, 2015
One of Spain's most acclaimed theater companies makes its U.S. debut with a revival of Entremeses, directed by José Luis Gómez, featuring three comedic one-acts by Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes.

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Companhia Hiato IBERIAN SUITE: Companhia Hiato (Brazil): O Jardim (The Garden)

Mar. 18 - 19, 2015
The award-winning Brazilian company presents the D.C. premiere of O Jardim ("The Garden"), a play that explores the individual and imperfect memories of a man suffering from dementia and his family's struggle to cope.

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Photo by Jose Frade IBERIAN SUITE: Ode Marítima ("Maritime Ode") (Portugal) with Diogo Infante & João Gil

Mar. 20 - 21, 2015
Starring Diogo Infante--one of Portugual's most well-known and respected actors--and featuring musician João Gil, the U.S. debut of this critically acclaimed play brings Fernando Pessoa's extraordinary poem to life.

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uncredited IBERIAN SUITE: Piazzología (Argentina): El Mundo de Piazzolla su Vida y su Obra

Mar. 20 - 21, 2015
Combining music, video, and dance, the ensemble traverses the life and major works of acclaimed tango maestro Astor Piazzolla in a resounding and exquisite U.S. premiere tribute to his legacy.

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uncredited Ron Lalá Theater Company (Spain): Somewhere in Quixote

Mar. 21 - 22, 2015
While writing his comic misadventures of a "not quite right" knight, Cervantes begs his friends to act out and help finish his story. A band of actor-musicians from Madrid reveals all the magic of the Don Quixote legend in a fresh and clever way. Age 12+

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Photo by Heloisa Bortz IBERIAN SUITE: Orquestra Jovem do Estado with Harolyn Blackwell, soprano (Brazil/U.S.): From Villa-Lobos to Tom Jobim: Symphonic Music from Brazil

Sun., Mar. 22, 2015, 7:30 PM
Under the direction of maestro Cláudio Cruz, the orchestra makes its U.S. debut with a program that includes compositions by Brazilian composers Tom Jobim and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

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photo by Deniz Saylan Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sharon Isbin, guitar and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano (U.S.)

Tue., Mar. 24, 2015, 7:30 PM
These two dynamic American performers come together for a special recital of Spanish duo and solo works as part of the Kennedy Center international festival Iberian Suite: global arts remix.

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Ballet

<p>Soloist Beckanne Sisk & Principal Artist Christopher Ruud in Willam F. Christensen's The Nutcracker. Photo by Luke Isley</p> Ballet West: The Nutcracker

Dec. 10 - 14, 2014
Ballet West returns to the Kennedy Center with Willam Christensen's beloved production of The Nutcracker danced to Tchaikovsky's timeless score.

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Mariinsky Ballet

Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, 2015
Russia's Mariinsky Ballet brings a program featuring Hodson's Le sacre du printemps inspired by Nijinsky, Fokine's Le Spectre de la Rose and The Swan, and Petipa's Paquita Grand Pas.

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Scene from Cinderella; Photo by Rosalie O'Connor American Ballet Theatre

Mar. 24 - 29, 2015
American Ballet Theatre returns for its annual engagement with Ashton's romantic Cinderella and a program featuring Balanchine's Theme & Variations, Tudor's Pillar of Fire, and de Mille's Rodeo.


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uncredited New York City Ballet

Apr. 7 - 12, 2015
New York City Ballet performs two programs: 20th-Century Classics, featuring three of Balanchine's most iconic ballets, and 21st-Century Choreographers, which includes works by Peck, Ratmansky, Martins, and Wheeldon.


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<p>Scottish Ballet's Eve Mutso and Erik Cavallari in A Streetcar Named Desire, Photo by Andrew Ross</p> Scottish Ballet

May 28 - 30, 2015
In their Kennedy Center debut, Scottish Ballet infuses drama and dance in a bold new take on Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.


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The Royal Ballet in The Royal Ballet

Jun. 9 - 14, 2015
Great Britain's The Royal Ballet returns for the first time since 2009--when the Washington Post praised the Company for its "sublime" dancing and a "solidly top-flight" cast--with Carlos Acosta's new full-length Don Quixote.

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National Symphony Orchestra

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uncredited Handel's Messiah

Dec. 18 - 21, 2014
Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the NSO and acclaimed guest artists. This year, Nicholas McGegan conducts four gifted singers and The Washington Chorus in this NSO tradition.

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uncredited Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Tzimon Barto, piano, plays Rihm's Piano Concerto / Works by Berlioz & Dvorák

Jan. 15 - 17, 2015
Known for "brilliant fireworks" (Washington Post), Tzimon Barto plays a U.S. premiere NSO co-commissioned piano concerto by Wolfgang Rihm. Also on the program: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Dvorák's Carnival Overture.

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<p>Scott Suchman</p> Beyond the Score: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

Fri., Jan. 16, 2015, 8:00 PM
For aficionados and newcomers alike, this concert uses actors, narration, music excerpts, and projected visuals to share captivating stories behind Berlioz's masterful symphony, followed by a full performance of the work.

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uncredited Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 1 / Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster, plays Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo

Jan. 22 - 24, 2015
The NSO performs the Russian master's Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo--both featuring NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef--plus Tchaikovsky's "Winter Dreams" Symphony and Hamlet Fantasy Overture.

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uncredited Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 4 / Arabella Steinbacher, violin, plays the Violin Concerto

Jan. 29 - 31, 2015
Praised for her "balanced lyricism and fire" (New York Times), Arabella Steinbacher plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto on a program that also includes the Russian master's Symphony No. 4 and tone poem Fate.

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Heiko Laschitzki Organ Recital: Cameron Carpenter, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, 8:00 PM
After launching the NSO's new organ recital series in October 2013, the imaginative and unconventional "classical organ rebel" (Washington Post) returns with improvisations and music by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Bach, and William Walton.

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uncredited Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Juraj Valcuha, conductor: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Stravinsky & Bruch

Feb. 5 - 7, 2015
Conductor Juraj Valcuha leads Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, and Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring the NSO debut of Vilde Frang--"clearly a new star in the violin firmament" (The Guardian).

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uncredited Matthias Pintscher, conductor: Karen Gomyo, violin, plays Pintscher's Mar'eh / Works by Fauré & Ravel

Feb. 19 - 21, 2015
Matthias Pintscher conducts the U.S. premiere of his violin concerto with "first-rate" (Chicago Tribune) violinist Karen Gomyo, Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé.

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uncredited Herbert Blomstedt, conductor: All-Beethoven Program / Emanuel Ax, piano, plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3

Feb. 26 - 28, 2015
Emanuel Ax--who performs "with depth, power, and crisp bravura" (Washington Post)--returns to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 on a program led by Herbert Blomstedt that also includes Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.

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uncredited Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Thursday - Camané & Carminho, fado (Portugal) / Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain)

Mar. 5 - 7, 2015
Spain's Jesús López-Cobos conducts two programs: one featuring Portuguese fado plus works by Turina and Albéniz (Thu.), another celebrating composers from Spain and Brazil (Fri./Sat.).

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uncredited Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Lang Lang in recital (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

Sat., Mar. 7, 2015, 4:00 PM
International piano superstar Lang Lang, a Washington favorite, returns for a thrilling Saturday afternoon recital with Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, J.S. Bach's "Italian" Concerto, and four scherzos by Chopin.

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<p>Scott Suchman</p> Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain

Mar. 12 - 14, 2015
Iberian culture's impact on France is explored through Ravel's Boléro, Chabrier's España, Debussy's Ibéria, and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole featuring violinist Leticia Moreno's NSO debut.

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<p>Scott Suchman</p> Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 9

Mar. 19 - 21, 2015
Eschenbach's multi-season exploration of Gustav Mahler--whom the NSO Music Director has called "the greatest symphonist ever"--begins with the composer's powerful Symphony No. 9, written following Mahler's struggle with several life challenges.


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uncredited Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3

Apr. 2 - 4, 2015
Young piano sensation Daniil Trifonov reveals his "scintillating technique and virtuosic flair" (New York Times) in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski also leads Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.


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uncredited Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's The Bells / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

Apr. 16 - 18, 2015
Conductor Vassily Sinaisky and three Russian singers make their NSO debut with Rachmaninoff's The Bells in a program including Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, featuring NSO Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt, and Borodin's Prince Igor Overture.


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<p>Scott Suchman (2014)</p> Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Penderecki & J. Strauss Jr.

Apr. 30 - May 2, 2015
The NSO Music Director conducts Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 5 on a program that also includes J. Strauss II's Die Fledermaus Overture and Penderecki's Concerto Grosso featuring NSO cellists Steven Honigberg, James Lee, and David Teie.


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<p>Scott Suchman (2014)</p> Beyond the Score: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5--Fate Knocks?

Fri., May 1, 2015, 8:00 PM
For aficionados and newcomers alike, this concert uses actors, narration, music excerpts, and projected visuals to share captivating stories behind Beethoven's epic symphony, followed by a full performance of the work.


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uncredited Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto

May 7 - 9, 2015
Leonidas Kavakos--who "combines utter mastery…with rich sound and searching musicianship" (New York Times)--begins his two-week residency with Sibelius's Violin Concerto. Eschenbach continues his Mahler exploration with Symphony No. 5.


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uncredited Organ Recital: Thierry Escaich, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

Wed., May 13, 2015, 8:00 PM
Distinguished French organist Thierry Escaich--a "brilliant improviser" who plays with a "virtuosity that combines great insight and feeling" (Le Monde)--brings his many talents to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


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uncredited Leonidas Kavakos, conductor & violin: Works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, & Sibelius

May 14 - 16, 2015
Leonidas Kavakos takes the podium for Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and Sibelius's Pelléas and Mélisande. He also showcases his solo talents in J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1.


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uncredited Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra

May 29 - 30, 2015
As a follow-up to their 2012 Americas Tour, the NSO presents a percussion-themed program including a world premiere for steelpan and orchestra by American composer Andy Akiho, along with works by George Gershwin, Antonio Estévez, and more.

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Washington National Opera

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Photos by Scott Suchman Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Little Prince

Dec. 19 - 21, 2014
For its annual family holiday production, WNO brings to life all the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's storybook in Oscar winner Rachel Portman's "enchanting opera…satisfying to child and adult alike" (Financial Times).

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uncredited Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: New Hour-Long Opera: Penny

Jan. 23 - 24, 2015
The young composer/librettist team of Douglas Pew and Dara Weinberg (AOI's 20-minute A Game of Hearts) was selected to create this season's hour-long world premiere, about a woman with a disability who discovers her talent for vocal music.

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photo by Eric Mahoudeau/Paris Opera Washington National Opera: Dialogues of the Carmelites

Feb. 21 - Mar. 10, 2015
Faith is put to the ultimate test in Poulenc's powerful opera about an order of Carmelite nuns who refuse to renounce their beliefs during the French Revolution. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello directs this company premiere, sung in English.

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photo by Dario Acosta Washington National Opera: An Evening of Jazz Standards with Eric Owens featuring the Music of Eckstine and Hartman

Sat., Feb. 28, 2015, 7:30 PM
A week before he stars in WNO's Opera House revival of The Flying Dutchman, bass-baritone Eric Owens takes the Terrace Theater stage for an evening of jazz standards made famous by two legendary singers: Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman.

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Eric Owens, Washington National Opera: The Flying Dutchman

Mar. 7 - 21, 2015
In this WNO revival, formidable bass-baritone and Grammy winner Eric Owens makes his staged role debut in Wagner's retelling of the nautical legend, about a captain condemned to wander the seas in search of unconditional love.

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uncredited Washington National Opera: Stars of Tomorrow: The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in Concert

Fri., Mar. 20, 2015, 7:30 PM
WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists perform scenes and arias from favorite operas. Taking a break from his role in WNO's The Flying Dutchman, Eric Owens offers his vocal mentorship to WNO's rising stars and showcases his conducting skills.


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photo by Brett Coomer/Houston Grand Opera Washington National Opera: Cinderella

May 9 - 21, 2015
Rossini's retelling of the Cinderella story adds a few twists in a whimsical production featuring two mezzo-sopranos alternating in the title role: Isabel Leonard, the 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner, and Tara Erraught, making her U.S. debut.

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NSO Pops

Alexander  Streltsov and Christine Van Loo Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor

Dec. 11 - 13, 2014
Back by popular demand for the holidays--with new acts and returning favorites! Aerialists, jugglers, illusionists, and more bring the circus to the Concert Hall. "Dazzling and elegant, if not death-defying!" says the San Francisco Examiner.

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Artwork Do You Hear the People Sing / Steven Reineke, conductor

Mar. 27 - 28, 2015
Celebrate the musicals of Boublil & Schönberg--Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Pirate Queen, and more--with songs performed by a cast of talented vocalists led by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga.


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photo by Vincent Soyez Let's Be Frank / Steven Reineke, conductor

Jun. 5 - 6, 2015
In the centennial year of Frank Sinatra's birth, Steven Reineke brings together his own "Rat Pack" of entertainers to pay tribute to America's original idol. Songs include "My Way," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "New York, New York," and more.

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Contemporary Dance

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Glenn Allen Sims. Photo by Andrew Eccles Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb. 3 - 8, 2015
Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, "America's cultural ambassador to the world" returns for its annual engagement for more captivating new works and enduring classics, including Alvin Ailey's signature masterpiece Revelations.

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Uncredited NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Join the Kennedy Center and NPR as top jazz pianists perform their favorite holiday songs with master Harold Mabern, newcomer Kris Davis, and Washington, D.C. favorites Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut.

Unknown Megan Hilty's A Kennedy Center Christmas

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
One night only! Back by popular demand, the "new princess of Broadway" (Time Magazine) returns to perform a combination of Christmas favorites and classics from the Great American Songbook.

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uncredited A Jazz New Year's Eve: Branford Marsalis

Wed., Dec. 31, 2014
Ring in 2015 with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a 2011 NEA Jazz Master and Tony Award nominee, and his quartet--one of the leading jazz groups working today.

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photo by Lisa Luevanos KC Jazz Club: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience featuring Machito Jr.

Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Percussionist Machito Jr. joins the Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro-Cuban Experience for this concert under the direction of Dizzy's long-time bassist, John Lee.

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uncredited Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Sullivan Fortner Quartet

Sat., Jan. 24, 2015
Returning to the Kennedy Center following his 2013 appearance on NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas, New Orleans-born pianist Sullivan Fortner has already made a significant foray into the jazz world that belies his young age.

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uncredited KC Jazz Club: Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project, featuring Jamie Baum, George Schuller & Jerome Harris

Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
Flutist Jamie Baum held on to several charts given to her by the late, great pianist Jaki Byard several years ago. She always knew she would find the right time and the right musicians with whom to explore this interesting and timeless music.

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photo by Ines Kaiser The Crossroads Club: Maceo Parker

Fri., Feb. 6, 2015
Performing in the Crossroads Club, saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk like nobody else. In the 1960s and '70s, Parker helped pioneer the genre as a key band member for James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins.

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uncredited KC Jazz Club: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play

Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
Featuring Chris Brubeck on bass, trombone, and piano; Joel Brown on guitar; and Peter Madcat Ruth on multiple instruments (with all three on vocals), the group performs in tribute to Chris's father, the late jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.

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photo by Michael Wilson KC Jazz Club: Jenny Scheinman featuring Brian Blade

Fri., Feb. 13, 2015
An in-demand, multi-genre artist, the violinist, vocalist, and composer makes her KC Jazz Club debut with her own group and featuring drummer Brian Blade, showcasing her fusion of jazz and country talents.

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photo by Anna Webber Kurt Elling: Passion World

Sat., Feb. 14, 2015
Spend Valentine's Day with Kennedy Center favorite and Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling as he performs love songs from around the world in his latest project, Passion World.

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uncredited The Great Flood: Film by Bill Morrison; Music composed and performed by Bill Frisell, with Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen

Fri., Feb. 27, 2015, 7:30 PM
Guitarist Bill Frisell and his quartet perform original compositions while accompanying the documentary The Great Flood by Bill Morrison, chronicling the largest flood in U.S. history, which took place in spring of 1927.

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uncredited Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 8:00 PM
Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson showcases her blues, country, and folk-tinged delivery, singing selections from her newest recording (release date scheduled for February 2015) highlighting the artistry of Billie Holiday.

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Scott Suchman Jason Moran's In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959

Sat., Mar. 28, 2015, 8:00 PM
Celebrate the legacy of Thelonious Monk as Jason Moran leads The Big Bandwagon in a full-length, multimedia work based on Monk's landmark 1959 concert at New York City's Town Hall.


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photo by Laura Hanifin KC Jazz Club: Nate Smith + Kinfolk

Fri., Apr. 3, 2015
Drummer, bandleader, composer, and producer Nate Smith makes his KC Jazz Club debut with his own group, Kinfolk, having recently served as faculty leader for the Kennedy Center's Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program.


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uncredited Dianne Reeves and Friends

Sat., Apr. 11, 2015, 8:00 PM
Following her star turns last season with Renée Fleming's American Voices festival and the Blue Note at 75 Celebration, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves invites her friends for a not-to-be missed evening in the Concert Hall.


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uncredited The Blues Hall of Fame Tour

Fri., May 1, 2015
Three inductees of the Blues Hall of Fame--Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica), James Cotton (harmonica), and John Hammond (guitar)--deliver individual and collaborative performances backed by a full band.


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uncredited KC Jazz Club: Antonio Hart Organ Trio

Fri., May 8, 2015
Born and raised in Baltimore, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart returns with his Organ Trio. All About Jazz praises his playing for raising "the ante on his desire to fulfill a sense of organic unity between music and life."


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Photo of Mary Lou Williams 20th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival

May 15 - 16, 2015
Celebrate the 20th year of concerts highlighting the legacy of jazz pianist, composer, educator, and bandleader Mary Lou Williams with performances featuring some of today's most exciting and respected jazz musicians.

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Performances for Young Audiences

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<p>Illustration from THE GIFT OF NOTHING by Patrick McDonnell, published by Little, Brown & Company</p> Performances for Young Audiences: The Gift of Nothing

Nov. 22 - Dec. 28, 2014
In this Kennedy Center world premiere musical starring characters from the comic strip MUTTS, a charming cat searches for a special gift for his best friend, a lovable pup. Join Mooch and Earl for this heartwarming adventure! Age 4+

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Performances for Young Audiences: Mockingbird

Jan. 17 - Feb. 1, 2015
Adapted by Julie Jensen from the 2010 award-winning book by Kathryn Erskine, this vibrant and moving world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community. Age 10+

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Uncredited NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!

Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
What happens when you bring together a concert violinist, an opera singer, and everyone's favorite stuffed animal? You get Two Divas and a Bear! Explore the human voice with NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan. Age 3–5

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uncredited Performances for Young Audiences: Jack's Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure

Feb. 14 - 15, 2015
This world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission with Nashville Children's Theatre uses actors and a live bluegrass band to dive deep into the eclectic music traditions of the Appalachians. The result: a delightfully authentic mountain musical! Age 8+

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uncredited NSO Family Concert: Casey at the Bat

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015
Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke's beguiling baseball composition set to the famous poem Casey at the Bat is the centerpiece of this fun concert about teamwork. Wear your favorite team's jersey! Age 5+

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uncredited Performances for Young Audiences: Outside the Bachx

Feb. 20 - Mar. 1, 2015
NYC-based hip-hop company Full Circle Productions returns with more thrilling dance and spoken word for family audiences--this time set to classical music and awesome remixes--in this world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission. Age 8+

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uncredited Ron Lalá Theater Company (Spain): Somewhere in Quixote

Mar. 21 - 22, 2015
While writing his comic misadventures of a "not quite right" knight, Cervantes begs his friends to act out and help finish his story. A band of actor-musicians from Madrid reveals all the magic of the Don Quixote legend in a fresh and clever way. Age 12+

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uncredited NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn

Sun., Mar. 29, 2015
Join "Sahara Bob," his crate full of exotic musical instruments, and a mystical genie for Broughton's The Magic Horn, selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt suites, and "Bacchanale" from Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah. Age 5+


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uncredited NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo

Apr. 11 - 12, 2015
Join husband-and-wife violin duo--Glenn Donnellan of the NSO and Jan Chong--as they use stories, sound effects, children's songs, and gems from the classical repertoire to make your imagination come alive! Age 3–5


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photo by Konrad Simowski Performances for Young Audiences: TETRISplus

Apr. 25 - 26, 2015
Arch8 dance company from the Netherlands brings together two of their most physically awe-inspiring works--Tetris and No Man is an Island--to explore how we connect, communicate, cooperate, and invite others into our world. Age 7+


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uncredited NSO Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key

Sun., Apr. 26, 2015
In this world premiere program, the NSO magically weaves excerpts from more than 20 of George Gershwin's greatest hits into the story of a poor newspaper boy who has a chance encounter with the legendary American composer. Age 5+


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uncredited NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science & Math + Music

Sat., May 2, 2015
Cellist and host Yvonne Caruthers, along with some of her NSO colleagues, team up for this fast-paced multimedia program that shows 26 ways (a full alphabet's worth!) that math and science are related to music. Age 9+


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uncredited NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark!

Sat., May 9, 2015
In this zany world premiere program, find out what baseball and music have in common when NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan--famous for his fiddle made out of a baseball bat--joins Washington Nationals ballpark organist Matthew Van Hoose. Age 4+


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ucnredited Performances for Young Audiences: Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

May 15 - 17, 2015
Known for transforming its tap shoes into new instruments of rhythm, innovative performance company Rhythmic Circus infuses its unpredictable blend of hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor, and finger-snapping tunes into one amazing show. Age 7+


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uncredited NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!

May 30 - 31, 2015
We can be as different as trombones and violins, and still play together in harmony! Kids and stuffed animals alike will hear the unique sounds of a garden hose, funnel horn, a grownup violin and a baby one, and trombones in three sizes! Ages 3-5.

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NSO Family

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Uncredited NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!

Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
What happens when you bring together a concert violinist, an opera singer, and everyone's favorite stuffed animal? You get Two Divas and a Bear! Explore the human voice with NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan. Age 3–5

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uncredited NSO Family Concert: Casey at the Bat

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015
Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke's beguiling baseball composition set to the famous poem Casey at the Bat is the centerpiece of this fun concert about teamwork. Wear your favorite team's jersey! Age 5+

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uncredited NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn

Sun., Mar. 29, 2015
Join "Sahara Bob," his crate full of exotic musical instruments, and a mystical genie for Broughton's The Magic Horn, selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt suites, and "Bacchanale" from Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah. Age 5+


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uncredited NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo

Apr. 11 - 12, 2015
Join husband-and-wife violin duo--Glenn Donnellan of the NSO and Jan Chong--as they use stories, sound effects, children's songs, and gems from the classical repertoire to make your imagination come alive! Age 3–5


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uncredited NSO Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key

Sun., Apr. 26, 2015
In this world premiere program, the NSO magically weaves excerpts from more than 20 of George Gershwin's greatest hits into the story of a poor newspaper boy who has a chance encounter with the legendary American composer. Age 5+


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uncredited NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science & Math + Music

Sat., May 2, 2015
Cellist and host Yvonne Caruthers, along with some of her NSO colleagues, team up for this fast-paced multimedia program that shows 26 ways (a full alphabet's worth!) that math and science are related to music. Age 9+


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uncredited NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark!

Sat., May 9, 2015
In this zany world premiere program, find out what baseball and music have in common when NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan--famous for his fiddle made out of a baseball bat--joins Washington Nationals ballpark organist Matthew Van Hoose. Age 4+


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uncredited NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!

May 30 - 31, 2015
We can be as different as trombones and violins, and still play together in harmony! Kids and stuffed animals alike will hear the unique sounds of a garden hose, funnel horn, a grownup violin and a baby one, and trombones in three sizes! Ages 3-5.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

photo by Dario Acosta Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Anonymous 4: On Yoolis Night

Thu., Dec. 11, 2014, 7:30 PM
Returning to the Kennedy Center, Anonymous 4 revisits one of their most beloved holiday programs: songs, motets, and carols from British sources that illuminate all of the aspects of the Christmas story and its many kindred legends.

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uncredited Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Tue., Feb. 10, 2015, 7:30 PM
The Kennedy Center's Chamber Ensemble in Residence returns with one of Haydn's amazingly inventive late Piano Trios, Dvorák's early G minor Trio, and Tchaikovsky's momentous Trio.

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photo by Matthew Murphy Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Imani Winds

Sun., Mar. 1, 2015, 7:30 PM
The Grammy-nominated quintet brings an inventive program featuring Imani flutist Valerie Coleman's gypsy-inspired Tzigane, Kowalewski's arrangement of Debussy's Bruyères, excerpts from Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and more.

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photo by Deniz Saylan Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sharon Isbin, guitar and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano (U.S.)

Tue., Mar. 24, 2015, 7:30 PM
These two dynamic American performers come together for a special recital of Spanish duo and solo works as part of the Kennedy Center international festival Iberian Suite: global arts remix.

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uncredited Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Emerson String Quartet

Thu., Mar. 26, 2015, 7:30 PM
The eight-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble returns with a program that features three works by Purcell, two Fantasias and his stately Chacony arranged by Britten; Beethoven's stirring "Harp" Quartet; and Ravel's beautiful String Quartet.


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uncredited Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Edgar Meyer, double bass

Wed., Apr. 8, 2015, 7:30 PM
A four-time Grammy winner and MacArthur "Genius," Meyer returns for a solo recital with a program that includes Bach's breathtaking Suite for Cello No. 1, BWV 1007 and a new work.


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uncredited Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Miró Quartet with Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Wed., Apr. 29, 2015, 7:30 PM
The Miró Quartet and Sasha Cooke combine forces in a unique evening of chamber music for voice and strings that includes works by Schubert, Wolf, and Copland.


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photo by Marco Borggreve Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leonidas Kavakos, violin, with Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Mon., May 11, 2015, 7:30 PM
Grammy-nominated violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Christoph Eschenbach come together for an intimate evening as part of a residency at the Kennedy Center in which Kavakos also both conducts and plays with the National Symphony Orchestra.


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photo by Clifford Swall Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: The Myriad Trio, with Anthony McGill, clarinet

Tue., May 19, 2015, 7:30 PM
For their Fortas debut, The Myriad Trio brings a program of works for flute, viola, and harp as well as Dvorák's Slavonic Dances for flute, clarinet, and harp with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra principal clarinetist Anthony McGill.

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photo by Margot Ingoldsby Schulman The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Bartók, Ravel, Bowen, & Arensky

Sun., Jan. 11, 2015, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians plays a selection for Bartók's Duos for Two Violins, plus Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Bowen's Fantasia for Four Violas, and Arensky's Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos.


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photo by Margot Ingoldsby Schulman The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Shostakovich & Dvorák

Sun., Apr. 5, 2015, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians plays Shostakovich's Sonata for Viola and Piano, plus Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A major.

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