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Avon Dews

D.C. native and harmonicist Avon Dews presents an evening of music infused with jazz, funk, and blues—a must see event to foster the appreciation for the sounds and artistry that can emerge from such a small instrument.

Featured Artist(s)
| Avon Dews |

Blues for a Royal Flush

Playwright and author Tom Minter stages his original play BLUES FOR A ROYAL FLUSH - In 1967 Duke Ellington finds himself buffeted by the activism of the times, and reaching for a new direction of creativity..
Through such artists as Lena Horne, Ethel Waters and Billy Strayhorn, Blues For A Royal Flush is the riff of memory and music which surrounds Ellington, urging his reach forward.

This performance is presented as a companion piece to WNO’s February 13 Millennium Stage preview of Champion.

Featured Artist(s)
| Blues for a Royal Flush |

William Hooker

Musician William Hooker presents a music and spoken word performance titled “At-One-Ment,” featuring guitarist Dave Ross, trumpeter Eriq Robinson, and drummer and spoken word performer William Hooker.

Featured Artist(s)
| William Hooker |

The Second City Training Center: Wellness Program

The Second City’s Wellness Program: Improv for Anxiety exists to create a nurturing and safe environment to promote self-care, be with like-minded individuals, or to work toward a common goal through the study of improv. This improv workshop aims to encourage teamwork and collaboration, build confidence, create a successful model of empathy for others, and to become a student of your own anxiety. The Wellness Program offers improv as a tool for something other than solely performance based goals.

Featured Artist(s)
| Second City Training Center |

NSO Prelude

NSO Prelude: members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform chamber works by Fauré, Beethoven, and Saint-Saëns.

Featured Artist(s)
| NSO Prelude |

NSO Youth Fellows

The NSO Youth Fellows present an evening of chamber music and solo performances.

Featured Artist(s)
| NSO Youth Fellows |

Bob McDonald

Vocalist Bob McDonald and his band celebrate the songs and life of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra with to Frank Sinatra with an evening of his most memorable songs from the singer’s film and concert performances. Titled “My Way,” the program will be an evening of Sinatra classics worthy of any Rat Pack.

Featured Artist(s)
| Bob McDonald |

Gardens for the Lush

Borrowing from ancient traditions, Gardens for the Lush blends mystical Islamic philosophy with romantic love poetry and Hindustani sitar. Omar and Ilana present ghazal poetry in English, spoken over the sounds of sitar and invite you to experience and explore universal love.

Featured Artist(s)
| Omar and Ilana |

Washington National Opera

Washington National Opera gives a preview performance of their latest production, Champion. The opera is based on the life of boxer Emile Griffith, and was composed by Terence Blanchard and libretto by Michael Cristofer. Griffith, a closeted gay man during the early 1960s who killed his opponent in the ring after receiving taunts for his sexuality. Champion will be performed by an all American cast, featuring D.C. legend Denyce Graves, in the Kennedy Center Opera House March 4–18.

Featured Artist(s)
| Washington National Opera |

Capitol Movement Dance Company

Again in the week of Ailey, Capitol Movement Dance Company presents an evening of dance woven together with a combination of artistry, innovation, precision, and storytelling

Featured Artist(s)
| Capitol Movement Dance Company |

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Artists from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater present a workshop focused on the company’s iconic piece, Revelations. Please dress in clothing that you can move in. Please note, this performance will begin at 5:30pm!

This show is not available for viewing

Featured Artist(s)
| Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater |

George Mason University School of Dance

In the week of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the Opera House, we present local dance companies on the Millennium Stage that, like Ailey dancers, expand upon their classical training to perform a variety of dance styles. Students from the George Mason University School of Dance perform original choreographed works.

Featured Artist(s)
| George Mason University School of Dance |

Moshe Snowden

Trombone player Moshe Snowden and his band perform in association with the DC Legendary Musicians (DCLM), a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the artistic legacy, contributions and well-being of the city’s professional musicians.

Featured Artist(s)
| Moshe Snowden |

Konshens The MC & State of Mind

D.C. native Konshens The MC and his band State of Mind perform Classically Dope, a show focused on the classical side of Hip Hop. He will be joined by woodwind quintet The Daraja Ensemble.

Featured Artist(s)
| Konshens The MC | State of Mind |

Flávio Silva

Brazilian guitarist and composer Flávio Silva is a musician of expressive soul and sophisticated compositions. In this concert, he will present songs from his self-titled album, along with new music. He will be joined by saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, bass player Alex Apolo Ayala, and drummer Kush Abadey.

Featured Artist(s)
| Flávio Silva |

AnDa Union

AnDa Union, often referred to as “music gatherers,” are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs which have all but disappeared as a result of China’s recent tumultuous past. Their work digs deep into the different styles of both Inner and Outer Mongolia.

Presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration events.

Featured Artist(s)
| AnDa Union |

Hometown Sounds: Wylder

Hometown Sounds: Through an eclectic mix of stormy orchestral movements and fun, infectious, energy, D.C. indie folk band Wylder evokes emotional peaks, where lyrics of longing and loss take center stage. Their debut album, Rain and Laura—released in April 2016 to enthusiastic reviews—has helped to establish the group as an emerging voice in the independent music scene.

Featured Artist(s)
| Wylder |

Target Family Night: Beijing Acrobats

Founded in 1957 in Tianqiao, Beijing—the birthplace of acrobats—Beijing Acrobats is a professional troupe of distinctive artistic styles and innovation. This performance consists of a variety of acts, including drum tap-dancing, roller skating, lion dance, ancient stunts, rug-spinning, ventriloquism, contortion, and straw-hat throwing.

Presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration events.

Featured Artist(s)
| Beijing Acrobats |

Beijing Chinese Opera & Beijing Chinese Orchestra

Students from the Beijing Opera Arts College perform specially chosen operatic selections in the style of Peking opera, which is a stylized form of opera dating back to the late 18th century, where speech, singing, mime, and acrobatics are often performed to an instrumental accompaniment. The Beijing Chinese Orchestra performs traditional Chinese folk music.

Presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration events.

Featured Artist(s)
| Beijing Chinese Opera |

I Dream: A Rhythm and Blues Opera

Broadway producer Bruce D. Long presents I Dream, his new, original rhythm and blues opera about the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Featured Artist(s)
| Bruce D. Long |


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