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Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents Forever Piazzolla

Sun, Oct 20, 2019

The first orchestra in the nation to focus solely on Latin American music, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra brings the world’s great Latin American musicians, artists, and composers to the Terrace Theater stage for concert evenings of beautiful music, song, and dance .

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WORLD STAGES—The Manganiyar Seduction

Nov 1 – 2, 2019

Conceived and directed by Roysten Abel, The Manganiyar Seduction brings together more than 40 singers and instrumentalists from the Rajasthani deserts performing traditional Manganiyar music in an astonishing audio-visual feast.

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The Korean Cultural Center of Washington, DC presents 1,000 Years of Sound and Movement

Tue, Nov 19, 2019

The Namwon National Gugak Center from South Korea brings a program featuring 1,000 Years of Sound and Movement.
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Chandrika Tandon presents Shivoham—The Quest

Fri, Nov 22, 2019

For one special night only, audiences will be treated to the world premiere of Grammy®-nominated artist Chandrika Tandon’s ShivohamThe Quest.

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Korean Traditional Arts Foundation presents: Story of Korea

Sat, Nov 23, 2019

Story of Korea is a program featuring traditional Korean dances and ensembles composed of traditional Korean instruments.

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NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2019

Year Five begins! Between crushing on Cho Chang, studying for his O.W.L.s, and the ever-growing number of detentions from Professor Umbridge™, Harry Potter™ must find the time to discover the secret of his terrible nightmares. Experience the film in HD on a giant screen with composer Nicholas Hooper’s score played live by the NSO.

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Kirk Franklin

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

He's known as an incomparable artist, speaker, author, businessman, and humanitarian. After more than 20 years as the top selling contemporary Gospel artist, multiple Grammy winner Kirk Franklin has remained a mainstay atop Billboard charts with his genius fusion of Hip Hop and spiritual sounds.

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Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Christmas as calamity. Celebrating the holiday season in all of its dysfunction, Taylor Mac is joined by longtime collaborators designer Machine Dazzle, music director Matt Ray, and a band of eight to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate. 

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NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! with Leslie Odom, Jr.

Dec 13 – 14, 2019

Our annual tradition, complete with Santa, the joyful voices of The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and even “snow!” Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along favorites in the festively decorated Concert Hall. This year, we welcome Leslie Odom, Jr., whose remarkable talents continue to inspire audiences across the globe, from his Tony®-winning role in Hamilton to singing “America the Beautiful” at the 2018 Super Bowl™.

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Getty Music Presents Keith & Kristyn Getty and Friends: SING! An Irish Christmas

Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Come sing along with Keith and Kristyn and special guests for an evening that unites tradition and innovation in a vibrant celebration of the season!

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NSO Pops: Game ON!

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Don’t miss this mesmerizing celebration of symphonic video game music in its world premiere! Game music legend Andy Brick conducts the NSO and The Washington Chorus in concert premieres from more than a dozen blockbuster video games combining unrivaled, world-class symphonic arrangements with stunning in-game HD videos and never-before-seen concept art.

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NSO Pops: Diana Ross - Music Book 2020

Jan 9 – 11, 2020

Legendary entertainer and Kennedy Center Honoree Diana Ross returns to perform hits from her remarkable career!

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NSO Pops: Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson

Feb 13 – 15, 2020

The two multi-talented stars of the stage, screen, and music charts join forces with conductor and notable actor Damon Gupton and the NSO over Valentine’s Day weekend to celebrate songs from Broadway, film, and the American Songbook.

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WORLD STAGES—The Clemency of Titus (with Havana Lyceum Orchestra)

Feb 13 – 15, 2020

After stand-out performances at the Kennedy Center’s Artes de Cuba festival in 2018, the multi-award-winning Havana Lyceum Orchestra and one of Latin America’s most cutting-edge theater directors Carlos Diaz join forces for a Cuban adaptation of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Norm Lewis

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Following his acclaimed performance as Harold Hill in last season's Broadway Center Stage production of The Music Man, Tony® nominee Norm Lewis returns to the Kennedy Center for his own Renée Fleming VOICES concert!

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Falun Dafa Association of D.C. presents SHEN YUN

Apr 7 – 12, 2020

Shen YunTake an enlightening journey through 5,000 years!

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NSO Pops: Disney•Pixar’s Up in Concert

May 1 – 2, 2020

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, this animated classic comes back to the big screen with the NSO playing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning score live to the film. 

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Mariza

Mon, May 4, 2020

In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the International Music circuit, seducing audiences worldwide with her breathtaking voice, charismatic stage presence, and powerful blend of traditional and contemporary song forms. Mariza’s career now proceeded with even greater success than ever, with multi-platinum album releases, and appearances on some of the most important stages in the world.

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NSO Pops: Bernstein's On the Town in Concert

Jun 25 – 28, 2020

Don’t miss the NSO in a show-stopping, semi-staged version of Leonard Bernstein’s first Broadway musical hit! The story follows the adventures of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave during WWII and features classic numbers such as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “Some Other Time.”

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