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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!)

Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission features a script by Mo Willems, creator of the best-selling “Pigeon” picture books, along with Muppet Babies executive producer Mr. Warburton, plus music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! Ages 5+. There is a four (4) ticket limit per household for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!) 

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Glimpse

Jan 11 – 12, 2020

Dive into an enchanted world in which music, artists, images, and technology interact with one another. Ages 2–4

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Beauty and the Beat

Jan 18 – 26, 2020

See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO principal percussionist Eric Shin in an exciting new program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join together. Ages 3+

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NSO Family Concert: Girl Power! Celebrating Women in Music

Sun, Feb 16, 2020

Don’t miss a special showcase of female composers, conductors, and performers to mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Arrive early for a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” (1–2 p.m. and 3–4 p.m. in the Atrium). Ages 5+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Mozart Mash-Up

Feb 22 – 23, 2020

Share the magic and music of Mozart in a special family concert when members of the National Symphony Orchestra play favorites from the prolific composer. Age 7+

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YAO YAO

Feb 29 – Mar 1, 2020

Yao accidentally pulls a thread that leads to a magical world blending reality and imagination! South Korea's Brush Theatre uses interactive screen technology and live music to capture the whimsical adventure that follows. Ages 3–7 

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: 123 Andrés

Mar 7 – 8, 2020

Join Andrés and Christina on an exciting cultural exploration of Latin America through an introduction of language, music, and dance. Families sing, shake, and sound out. Ages 3–6

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Jazz Doodle Jam! Jason Moran & Bandwagon + Mo Willems

Mar 13 – 14, 2020

Jazz Doodle Jam! is an intimate jazz concert where you collaborate with the band! Sit down at a table covered with paper, grab a marker or crayon, and join host Mo Willems for a new kind of participatory musical experience. Kids and grown-ups doodle to music played onstage by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The band reacts and improvises to the audience’s explorations, jamming together with pictures and music, blurring the lines between artists and audience. All ages welcome!

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NSO Family Concert: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (a Symphonic Spectacular)

Sun, Apr 19, 2020

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur… and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway! That’s the just the beginning of a hilarious fractured, symphonic take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as retold by Mo Willems. Don't miss this new classic performed by favorite performers and the NSO, featuring original music composed by indie pop icon and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds. Ages 5+

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Pokon: An unstoppable game of growth

Apr 24 – 26, 2020

Three performers storm the stage whirling, twirling, hiccupping, tumbling, and singing. Dutch dance company De Dansers presents this mesmerizing performance for children and grown-ups who can’t keep still. Ages 5+

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The Girl Who Swallowed A Cactus

Apr 30 – May 2, 2020

The desert will come to life in surprising new ways when Sheila meets wild animals who share their story. This one-woman show starring Tia Shearer returns after being workshopped at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices festival in 2018. Ages 7+

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Havana Hop

May 9 – 10, 2020

Young Yelia dreams of making it big—if only she can conquer her stage fright. One actress portrays three generations of lively women in this interactive show written, directed, and performed by Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Paige Hernandez. Ages 2–10

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