You might see some of these instruments when you come to the Kennedy Center, watch a performance by your school band, or at any other concert you attend! Click the slides to learn more about some of the most-frequently spotted instruments in each family.
Noseda conducts Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Akiko Suwanai, violin
The youngest-ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Akiko Suwanai joins Noseda for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a work radiating Russian spirit. The program concludes with Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements a piece that evokes the composer’s enthusiastic immersion into American culture. Recommended for students interested in Russian culture and language, Eastern European history, and music.
These working rehearsals of the National Symphony Orchestra give students a glimpse into the life of orchestral musicians and provide the opportunity to hear great music as it is being rehearsed for opening night. Best enjoyed by middle and high school students, the NSO working rehearsal is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session with conductor, artists, and experts. These are two programs that show the breadth of the orchestra and its connections to the academic curriculum. Digital resources help students and educators prepare for the experience and to draw academic, historical, literary, artistic, and personal connections.
Free, but reservations are required.
English Language Arts—Reading: Literature (RL.7, RL.9)
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Meet Beethoven, study the science behind the instrument, and discover how classical music is anything but boring
For school groups of 10 or more only (public performances for non-school groups may be available). Each student, teacher, and chaperone attending must have a ticket. Our performances are intended to provide educational opportunities to students within the metro area. We are partially funded through the Department of Education which enables us to offer our tickets at a reduced price. We provide family series events on the weekends which provide a better opportunity if your ratio of adults to students exceeds 1:4. If you need clarification please call the School Registration Office at (202) 416-8835.
Kennedy Center Education
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David M. Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Generous support is also provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
The content of these programs may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.
Gifts and grants to educational programs at the Kennedy Center are provided by A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Sandra K. & Clement C. Alpert; Annenberg Foundation; Bank of America; Bender Foundation, Inc.; The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein.
Michael F. and Noémi K. Neidorff and The Centene Charitable Foundation; CMA Foundation; DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; Estée Lauder; Exelon; Ford Foundation; The Gessner Family Foundation; GRoW @ Annenberg and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family; Harman Family Foundation; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; Herb Alpert Foundation; The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc.; iTheatrics; The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; Jim and Heather Johnson; The Karel Komárek Family Foundation; the Kimsey Endowment; The Kiplinger Foundation; The King-White Family Foundation and Dr. J. Douglas White; Natalie and Herb Kohler and Kohler Co.; Laird Norton Family Foundation; Macy's; The Markow Totevy Foundation; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; Linda and Tobia Mercuro; Little Kids Rock; The Meredith Foundation; The Millennium Stage Endowment Fund; The Morningstar Foundation;
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Myra and Leura Younker Endowment Fund; NAMM Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Newman's Own Foundation; Nordstrom; Oath Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; The Irene Pollin Audience Development and Community Engagement Initiatives; Prince Charitable Trusts; Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund; Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A. J. Stolwijk; Rosenthal Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Small; The Stella Boyle Smith Trust; Target; The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates; The Volgenau Foundation; Volkswagen Group of America; Dennis & Phyllis Washington; Wells Fargo; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; and generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas. Additional support is provided by the National Committee for the Performing Arts.