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The Eisenhower Theater seats 1,100, and is the smallest of the theaters on the Center's main level. It primarily hosts plays and musicals, operas, ballet and contemporary dance. Its namesake, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed into law the National Cultural Center Act in 1958, the first time in history that our government backed and helped finance a structure dedicated to the performing arts. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 40 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The walls are of East Indian laurel wood. The red and black stage curtain of hand-woven wool is a gift from the people of Canada.

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IBERIAN SUITE: Festival Opening Performance


IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
Festival Opening Performance

Celebrating the opening night of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, this performance features several festival highlights including extraordinary performances by Portuguese fado and popular music singer Carminho, iconic vocalist Eugenia León from Mexico, exquisite American soprano Harolyn Blackwell, the Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra from Bolivia, experimental American orchestra PostClassical Ensemble, D.C.'s own Coral Cantigas and National Broadway Chorus, Mozambican jazz saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça, pianist Javier Perianes from Spain, Israeli American virtuoso Amit Peled playing on Casals's cello, and Brazil's internationally acclaimed dance company Grupo Corpo. The evening also features brother and sister Ángel Corella and Carmen Corella, renowned classical ballet dancers from Spain, in their only appearance during the festival.

The IBERIAN SUITE festival is grateful to the Library of Congress for its generous contribution of recordings from its permanent Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT).

Performance Timing: 70 minutes, with no intermission.