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2014-2015 Season Announcement

 


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Theater


On Sale 8/6/2014

Caroline Bowman as Eva in the National Tour of Evita

Sep. 30 - Oct. 19, 2014
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-winning musical tells the remarkable story of Eva Peron's rise from Argentina's slums to First Lady through some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "High Flying, Adored."


On Sale 9/10/2014

The Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer

Oct. 25 - Nov. 30, 2014
With direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this brand-new Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture at the National Gallery of Art.


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photo by Anna Marie Rewal Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Faith Prince

Fri., Oct. 31, 2014, 7:30 PM
Tony Award winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls, Bells Are Ringing) returns to the Kennedy Center with her comedic wit and "sublime yet unaffected vocal virtuosity" (Newsday).


On Sale 10/1/2014

uncredited Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Andrea McArdle

Fri., Dec. 5, 2014, 7:30 PM
Best-known for originating the title role of Annie on Broadway, Tony Award nominee and "theater legend" (The Huffington Post) Andrea McArdle possesses a "voice that carries to the rafters" (The New York Times).


On Sale 9/10/2014

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

Dec. 16, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
One of the most enduring shows of all time, 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.


On Sale 10/1/2014

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.


On Sale 10/1/2014

artwork Gigi

Jan. 17 - Feb. 15, 2015
Eric Schaeffer directs this world premiere revival of Lerner & Loewe's classic musical! This comedic tale of a young woman groomed to be a playboy's companion, until the two unexpectedly fall in love, won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Picture.

uncredited Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape

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


On Sale 11/19/2014

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.


On Sale 11/19/2014

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.


On Sale 3/16/2015

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 and Avenue Q has been hailed as "the best musical of this century" by the New York Times.


On Sale 4/1/2015

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.

The Kennedy Center Shear Madness


Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 11,500 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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Iberian Suite: arts remix across continents

uncredited Iberian Suite: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor: Falla's La vida breve & Albéniz's Suite española

Mar. 5 - 7, 2015
For the Kennedy Center's festival exploring cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain's most eminent conductor leads what is perhaps the country's greatest opera--Falla's La vida breve--plus a suite by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz.

<p>Scott Suchman</p> Iberian Suite: 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, Charbrier's España, Debussy's Ibéria, and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole featuring violinist Leticia Muñoz Moreno's NSO debut.

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Ballet


On Sale 8/6/2014

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s Natalia Magnicaballi and Michael Cook in Movements for Piano and Orchestra, photo by Carol Pratt The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Nov. 28 - 30, 2014
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet returns to the Opera House with three Balanchine works (1951 version of Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, Monumentum & Movements) and Robbins's The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody).


On Sale 9/10/2014

<p>Ballet West’s Christopher Anderson and Elizabeth McGrath in 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.


On Sale 10/1/2014

Mariinsky Ballet

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


On Sale 11/19/2014

American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes in Pillar of Fire, photo by Marty Sohl American Ballet Theatre

Mar. 24 - 29, 2015
American Ballet Theatre returns for its annual engagement with an evening-length work and a mixed program featuring Balanchine's Theme & Variations, Tudor's Pillar of Fire, and Tharp's Push Comes to Shove.


On Sale 2/4/2015

uncredited New York City Ballet

Apr. 7 - 12, 2015
New York City Ballet returns with two mixed programs, including Balanchine's Serenade, Agon, and Symphony in C, with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.


On Sale 2/4/2015

<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.


On Sale 4/1/2015

The Royal Ballet in The Royal Ballet

Jun. 9 - 14, 2015
The Royal Ballet returns with Carlos Acosta's new full-length Don Quixote as well as a mixed repertory program of works by Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, and Liam Scarlett.

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National Symphony Orchestra

uncredited Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Reineke, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin

Sun., Sep. 21, 2014, 7:00 PM
The NSO kicks off its 2014-2015 season with a program led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and featuring American superstar violinist Joshua Bell.

uncredited Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn

Oct. 1 - 4, 2014
"Supremely gifted" (Chicago Tribune) Paul Jacobs makes his NSO debut in Poulenc's Organ Concerto. Also on the program: J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue plus Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 with singers Tamara Wilson, Twyla Robinson, and Paul Appleby.

uncredited David Zinman, conductor: Angela Hewitt, piano, plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 / Works by R. Strauss & Schoenberg

Oct. 9 - 11, 2014
"Mesmerizing" (The Sunday Times) pianist Angela Hewitt makes her NSO debut in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22. The program also includes R. Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra and Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra.

uncredited Organ Recital: Jeremy Filsell, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

Wed., Oct. 15, 2014, 8:00 PM
Organist Jeremy Filsell, Artist-in-Residence at the National Cathedral and Professor of Organ at The Catholic University of America, is known for his "truly distinguished, compelling, and unquestionably authoritative performances" (Gramophone).

uncredited Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Midori, violin, plays Schumann's Violin Concerto / Symphonies by Mendelssohn & Mozart

Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014
An artist of "great imagination and depth" (Philadelphia Inquirer), Midori plays the first NSO performances of Schumann's Violin Concerto on a program that includes Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony.

uncredited Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante / Symphonies by Brahms & Haydn

Nov. 6 - 8, 2014
Cellist Claudio Bohórquez, "an elegant artist who places his emphasis on song" (Washington Post), plays Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante on a program that includes Brahms's Symphony No. 4 and Haydn's "La Passione" Symphony.

<p>Scott Suchman</p> Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps / Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute, plays Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2

Nov. 13 - 15, 2014
NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach conducts Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps ("The Rite of Spring") on a program that also includes Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 featuring NSO Principal Flute Aaron Goldman.

<p>Scott Suchman</p> Beyond the Score: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, 8:00 PM
For aficionados and newcomers alike, this concert uses actors, narration, music excerpts, and projected visuals to share captivating stories behind Stravinsky's powerful masterpiece, followed by a full performance of the work.

uncredited Rossen Milanov, conductor: Stravinsky's Firebird Suite / Garrick Ohlsson, piano, plays Busoni's Piano Concerto

Nov. 20 - 22, 2014
"Scintillating" (New York Times) pianist Garrick Ohlsson and Washington Men's Camarata join the NSO for Busoni's massive masterpiece. Making his NSO subscription concert debut, Rossen Milanov also conducts Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

uncredited Helmuth Rilling, conductor: All-J.S. Bach Program including the Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra

Dec. 4 - 6, 2014
Helmuth Rilling, an ambassador for the music of J.S. Bach worldwide, leads the composer's Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra featuring NSO Principals Nicholas Stovall and Marissa Regni, plus two cantatas and Orchestral Suite No. 3.

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.

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.

<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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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

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.

uncredited Iberian Suite: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor: Falla's La vida breve & Albéniz's Suite española

Mar. 5 - 7, 2015
For the Kennedy Center's festival exploring cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain's most eminent conductor leads what is perhaps the country's greatest opera--Falla's La vida breve--plus a suite by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz.

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.

<p>Scott Suchman</p> Iberian Suite: 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, Charbrier's España, Debussy's Ibéria, and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole featuring violinist Leticia Muñoz Moreno's NSO debut.

<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.

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.

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.

<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.

<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.

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.

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.

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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Washington National Opera

The Kennedy Center Washington National Opera: 2014-2015 Season Preview Concert

Wed., May 14, 2014, 6:00 PM
Sample WNO's 2014–2015 season in a free Millennium Stage preview concert featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra.


On Sale 7/23/2014

Ailyn Perez, photo by Paul Mitchell; Stephen Costello, photo by Dario Acosta Washington National Opera: An Evening with Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez

Wed., Sep. 10, 2014, 7:30 PM
Get up close and personal with two of today's most exciting young singers: husband and wife duo, frequent co-stars (including WNO's The Elixir of Love), and Richard Tucker Award winners Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez.


On Sale 7/23/2014

photo by Philip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera Washington National Opera: Florencia in the Amazon

Sep. 20 - 28, 2014
Soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous singer on an enchanted riverboat journey in a "visually stunning" (Seattle Times) production of Daniel Catán's Spanish-language opera inspired by the writing of Gabriel García Márquez.


On Sale 7/23/2014

Corinne Winters as Mimì in Washington National Opera: La bohème

Nov. 1 - 15, 2014
Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love returns in a brand-new production filled with moonlit duets, snowy streets, rowdy celebrations, and heartrending tears.


On Sale 7/23/2014

The Kennedy Center Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance: La bohème

Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, 7:30 PM
For one performance only, WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists are cast in Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love in Paris. Timothy Myers conducts.


On Sale 7/23/2014

uncredited Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas

Fri., Nov. 21, 2014, 7:30 PM
Three new 20-minute operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra, and followed by a Q&A session with the artists and creative team.


On Sale 9/10/2014

photo by George Hixson/Houston Grand Opera 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).


On Sale 7/23/2014

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.


On Sale 11/19/2014

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.


On Sale 11/19/2014

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.


On Sale 11/19/2014

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.


On Sale 11/19/2014

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.


On Sale 11/19/2014

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

May 9 - 21, 2015
Rossini's popular retelling of Perrault's beloved Cinderella story adds a few fabulous twists to the traditional fairy tale in a whimsical production featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, the 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner, in the title role.

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NSO Pops


On Sale 8/6/2014

photo by James Wilder Hancock Pink Martini / Steven Reineke, conductor

Sep. 11 - 13, 2014
With Pink Martini, one minute you're in a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, the next you're in a palazzo in Naples. This crowd-pleasing band returns to the NSO Pops with its cool vibe and "musical travelogue" style.


On Sale 8/6/2014

Artwork Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton / John Mauceri, conductor

Oct. 23 - 25, 2014
Danny Elfman has composed unforgettable scores for director Tim Burton's weirdly wonderful worlds of Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Alice in Wonderland, and more. John Mauceri conducts his music with visuals from Burton's films.

uncredited An Evening with Sutton Foster / Steven Reineke, conductor

Nov. 28 - 29, 2014
Thanksgiving weekend, two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster--"the musical theater dynamo with the long legs and cheery smile" (Washington Post)--performs music from her Broadway hits Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and more.

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.

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.

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


On Sale 8/6/2014

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Matha Clarke’s Chéri, photo by Joan Marcus Martha Clarke's Chéri featuring Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo, and Amy Irving

Oct. 1 - 4, 2014
Adapted from Colette's classic story of forbidden love, Martha Clarke's newest work combines theater, live music, and dance with ballet stars Herman Cornejo and Alessandra Ferri, actress Amy Irving, and piano works by Debussy, Ravel, and more.


On Sale 8/6/2014

Beijing Dance Theater in Wild Grass Beijing Dance Theater: Wild Grass

Oct. 22 - 25, 2014
Following its 2011 engagement of Haze, the company returns with Wild Grass, a three-part performance by renowned choreographer Wang Yuanyuan inspired by poems of Lu Xun: "Dead Fire," "The Shadow's Leave-taking," and "Dance of Extremity."


On Sale 8/6/2014

photo by Julieta Cervantes Carmen De Lavallade: As I Remember It

Oct. 29 - 30, 2014
In this intimate multimedia portrait, legendary artist Carmen de Lavallade weaves together dance, personal writings, projections of her younger self, and films featuring some of her significant collaborators to trace a career that spans seven decades.


On Sale 8/6/2014

'Sadeh21' Batsheva Dance Company: Sadeh21

Nov. 18 - 19, 2014
Israel's acclaimed company returns for the first time in a decade with Artistic Director Ohad Naharin's newest work, which he created in collaboration with 18 dancers using a style he calls "Gaga" to take audiences through 21 fields of movement study.


On Sale 11/19/2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Rachael McLaren, 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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photo by Brantley Gutierrez Mehliana featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana

Sat., Oct. 4, 2014
Mehliana pairs world-renowned pianist Brad Mehldau, performing on Fender Rhodes and an arsenal of vintage synthesizers, with acclaimed percussionist Mark Guiliana on drums and effects.

photo by Tom Pich Muhal Richard Abrams

Fri., Oct. 10, 2014, 7:30 PM
NEA Jazz Master pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams and his group make a rare DC appearance.

photo by Jamie Tanaka SFJAZZ Collective

Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Launched by SFJAZZ--the West Coast's largest nonprofit jazz institution--the SFJAZZ Collective is one of today's hottest all-star ensembles, performing original works and arrangements by modern jazz masters.

photo by Terrence Jennings KC Jazz Club: George Cables Songbook featuring Victor Lewis

Sat., Nov. 8, 2014
Join in the celebration for the 70th birthday of acclaimed jazz pianist George Cables, whose innovative style and fresh interpretations of classic compositions have fueled his career for more than 50 years.

photo by Michael G. Stewart Lou Donaldson Quartet

Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, 7:30 PM
Experience the jazzy, soulful groove of NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Lou Donaldson and his quartet in a Terrace Theater performance highlighting his distinctive blues-drenched sound.

uncredited Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring Allan Harris and Dee Alexander

Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
Under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, the group performs big band jazz standards featuring vocalists Allan Harris and Dee Alexander. The evening includes repertoire made famous by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington, among others.

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 in a program hosted by Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran.

uncredited KC Jazz Club: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the first female instrumentalist to take first prize in the event's history, leads her own band.

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.

photo by Ines Kaiser Maceo Parker

Fri., Feb. 6, 2015
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.

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' father, the late jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.

photo by Michael Wilson KC Jazz Club: Jenny Scheinman

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, showcasing her fusion of jazz and country talents.

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.

uncredited The Great Flood: Bill Frisell

Fri., Feb. 27, 2015, 7:30 PM
Guitarist Bill Frisell and his quartet perform live, original jazz, gospel, and R&B-tinged accompaniment to the documentary The Great Flood by Bill Morrison, chronicling the largest flood in U.S. history in spring of 1927.

uncredited Cassandra Wilson

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 8:00 PM
Jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson showcases her blues, country, and folk-tinged delivery, returning to the Eisenhower Theater with her full ensemble for the first time in 11 years.

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 an eight-piece ensemble in a full-length, multimedia work based on Monk's landmark 1959 concert at New York City's Town Hall.

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 up her star-turn last season in the American Voices festival, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves invites her friends for a not-to-be missed evening in the Concert Hall.

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.

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


On Sale 8/6/2014

photo by Martin Albert Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour

Oct. 4 - 12, 2014
Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience's delight. Age 7+


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<p>Illustration from THE GIFT OF NOTHING by Patrick McDonnell, published by Little, Brown & Company</p> 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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Mockingbird

Jan. 17 - Feb. 1, 2015
Adapted from the 2010 National Book Award–winning novel, this vibrant and inspirational 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 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+

The Kennedy Center NSO Family Concert: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015
Based on Jon Scieszka's children's book, NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke composed an exciting new work that follows Alexander T. Wolf's misadventures during his quest for a cup of sugar to finish his grandmother's birthday cake.


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uncredited Outside the Bachs

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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<p>Arch8 in TETRISplus, photo by Konrad Simowski</p> 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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ucnredited 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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NSO Family

The Kennedy Center NSO Family Concert: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015
Based on Jon Scieszka's children's book, NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke composed an exciting new work that follows Alexander T. Wolf's misadventures during his quest for a cup of sugar to finish his grandmother's birthday cake.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

uncredited Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: The Dover Quartet

Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 7:30 PM
This up-and-coming ensemble, "one of the top 10 classical music triumphs of 2013" (CBC Music), plays Glazunov's Five Novelettes as well as Mozart's ingenious Hoffmeister Quartet and Schubert's lyrical and introspective Rosamunde Quartet.

photo by Julian Mignot Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Quatuor Ébène

Fri., Nov. 7, 2014, 7:30 PM
One of the most creative ensembles on the international chamber music scene today, they make their Fortas debut with Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20 and Mendelssohn's powerful String Quartet in A minor followed by a journey into their jazz repertoire.

uncredited Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Christina and Michelle Naughton, pianos

Thu., Nov. 13, 2014, 7:30 PM
Hailed for their "stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry" (San Francisco Examiner), the twin pianists bring a delightful program for two pianos with works by Brahms, Debussy, Lutoslawski, and Stravinsky.

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.

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.

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.

photo by Deniz Saylan Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sharon Isbin, guitar and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-sorpano

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: arts remix across continents.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Kennedy Center Chamber Players

photo by Margot Ingoldsby Schulman The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Debussy, Ives, Saint-Saëns, & Beethoven

Sun., Oct. 12, 2014, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians plays Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp; Ives's Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano; Saint-Saëns's Fantasie for Violin and Harp; and Beethoven's "Ghost Trio."

photo by Margot Ingoldsby Schulman The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Schubert & Spohr

Sun., Nov. 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians and guest soprano Esther Oh perform Six German Songs by Spohr plus three by Schubert: "The Shepherd on the Rock," "The Trout" for Soprano and Piano, and "The Trout" Piano Quintet.

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.

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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