Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required
Composer, vocalist, and bandleader Lenka Lichtenberg creates uniquely Canadian world music, infusing the rich Toronto soundscapes of the Middle East, India, and Brazil, as well as her own East European heritage. With a voice for the ages, she melds innovative expressions of traditional song with her own contemporary compositions, combining folk, jazz, and world into a unique celebration of her roots.
| Lenka Lichtenberg |
Trio Sefardi will present music of the Spanish Jews, the Sephardim, sung in Ladino, from their new album Kaminos, with music from the Balkans, Turkey, and Greece. In addition, to celebrate the forthcoming holiday they will include Hanukkah favorites by their venerable mentor, Flory Jagoda.
| Trio Sefardi |
This concert features a duel with two collection instruments. Liviu Prunaru is concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and plays a 1694 Stradivarius Pachoud violin. A soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs, Gabriel Croitoru performs on the Guarneri violin that previously belonged to composer George Enescu. The “arbiter” of the duel is pianist Horia Mihail.
The concert program displays an array of colorful sounds of musical fireworks by M. Moszkowski, P. de Sarasate, D. Sostakovici, B. Smetana, J. Raff, J. Hubay, H. Wieniawski, L. Beriot, A. Piazzolla, D. Sostakovici, and Grigoras Dinicu.
“Duel of the Violins” is a production of Radio Romania.
Presented in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and the Embassy of Romania to the United States of America.
Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of States starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
International acoustic quartet Veronneau has captivated audiences across North America and Europe
for more than five years with their vocal and guitar based world-jazz, defined by the group as a blend
of bossa nova, jazz, samba, and swing performed in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
Patrons are requested to enter the Kennedy Center through the Hall of States and proceed to the Theater Lab via the Hall of States elevators.
| Veronneau |
The award-winning five-piece bluegrass band known as Colebrook Road from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania performs dynamic arrangements filled with both vocal and instrumental harmony that creates an interestingly modern, complex, and varied sound while still adhering to the larger bluegrass genre.
| Colebrook Road |
The acoustic duo known as Herb and Hanson performs songs written and composed from their unique life experiences and the myriad musical inspirations from Americana’s oldest influences.
| Herb & Hanson |
The Cowards Choir
Under the name of The Cowards Choir, front man Andy Zipf and his band perform their signature blend of indie rock as part of Millennium Stage’s monthly collaboration with Hometown Sounds, a podcast and website dedicated to featuring bands based in the D.C. region.
| The Cowards Choir |
Lakota John & Kin
Music Maker Relief Foundation recording artists Lakota John & Kin are known for blending their ancestors’ ancient Native American harmonies and traditional blues music. The members are part of the Lumbee and Oglala Nation and released their self-titled debut album in 2013.
| Lakota John & Kin |
Elena & Los Fulanos
Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, D.C. Influenced by front-woman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), the band creates a world where language and tradition meld with catchy melodies and inventive chords to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multicultural world.
| Elena & Los Fulanos |
Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party
Dance off your holiday dinner at a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program featuring music by the Phat Cat Swingers. This event will run until 9 p.m.
Singaporean dance company Chowk Productions presents their new work The Second Sunrise. Based on the writings of contemporary Tamil poet Cheran, the dance uses the verses from Cheran’s war anthology written after the Sri Lankan Civil war in May 2009 as grounds to explore the deep connection one has to one’s land, to roots, and to loss.
| Chowk Productions |
ASCAP presents Ashleigh Rubenach and Stephen Ross Madsen. Both have gone on to star in touring music and theatrical productions around the world, and will present a show that reflects their chosen performance tastes.
Broadway Tomorrow: Alan Schmuckler
ASCAP presents Alan Schmuckler, an award-nominated composer and lyricist whose influences range from podcasts to pop culture. Among his many credits, he is the composer/lyricist of Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me, a musical adaptation based off the book by Dave Holstein about the popular Serial podcast, and was music director for the show Molly Murphy and Neil deGrasse Tyson on Our Last Day on Earth, which was performed as part of the New York Music Festival in 2016.
| Alan Schmuckler |
Broadway Tomorrow: Scott Evan Davis
ASCAP presents composer and lyricist Scott Evan Davis. A former actor, Davis has gained attention for his original songs focused on the human experience of Alzheimer’s and autism. He’s released two albums, and is currently working on a number of collaboration projects in theater and for children.
| Scott Evan Davis |
Broadway Tomorrow: Sean Hartley
ASCAP presents Sean Hartley, a noted playwright, producer, and music and improv theater educator. He has written songs for television and produced concert and performance series, including Broadway Playhouse at Kaufman Music Center, where he also serves as the director of the theater wing. Hartley’s works have been nominated for several awards, including his musical Little Women, which won a Spirit Award for best book of a musical.
| Sean Hartley |
Broadway Tomorrow: Zack Zadek
ASCAP presents Zack Zadek, an award-winning composer/lyricist, songwriter, performer, and playwright. He has been recognized by Playbill and Buzzfeed for his writing talent, and his musicals 6, The Crazy Ones, and The Role of a Lifetime have been produced around the world, from New York City to Edinburgh, Scotland.
| Zack Zadek |
The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts
accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission to its community and the nation.
Additional funding for the Millennium Stage is provided by Bernstein Family Foundation, The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., The Meredith Foundation , The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A.J. Stolwijk, U.S. Department of Education, and the Millennium Stage Endowment Fund.
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund - James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, Fannie Mae Foundation, the Kimsey Endowment, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.
Kennedy Center and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.