KENNEDY CENTER EDUCATION
SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

WNO Open Rehearsal: Porgy and Bess

Opera House

May 6 for school groups

The Student Open Rehearsal Program introduces students in grades 7-12 as well as university-level students to opera by giving them the opportunity to attend the final rehearsals of Washington National Opera’s main stage productions. 

Grades 7-12, college

Mon. May 6, 2019 7p.m.

Event Information

  • Genre

    Opera

  • STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND CHAPERONES (EACH, SCHOOL GROUPS OF 10+ ONLY)

    $15.00

  • Runtime

    3 hours

About the Program

GEORGE GERSWHIN
ORIGINAL WNO PRODUCTION WITH SETS FROM THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL

Sung in English with Projected English Titles

Often considered the first great American opera, Porgy and Bess soars with original music melding jazz, gospel, and folk styles. It’s “summertime, and the livin’ is easy” in Catfish row, a working-class fishing town in South Carolina. When a murder shakes the community and tempts the strongheaded Bess to return to her drug-filled past, Porgy, a beggar, becomes her unlikely refuge. As a hurricane descends and Bess’s brutish old flame returns, she’ll find herself torn between Porgy’s steadfast love and the dark demons that tug her elsewhere. Themes of community resilience, acceptance, and redemption weave through this poignant story, ultimately asking if even the most unwavering of loves can conquer the force of personal addiction.

The opera contains some mature subject matter.

 

 

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Digital Learning Resources

Collection Opera

Get out your opera glasses and prepare to take a look at the history and evolution of an art form over four hundred years old. Learn how singers train and condition their voices, become familiar with some of the stage’s most tragic love affairs, and discover how theatre and music combined can tell epic stories in unforgettable ways.

  • Opera

Collection African-American History

Learn about the African American experience through the arts — and discover the contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of the United States.

  • African-American History

Collection Jazz & Blues

Foot thumping rhythms, crooning voices, soulful melodies – jazz is a music with a history as rich as its sound. Follow the great migration that lead African Americans to Harlem, meet jazz icons such as Bessie Smith and Charlie Parker, and stop by the Cotton Club and Apollo Theater on a journey through the past of this American art form.

  • Jazz & Blues

Article Dealing with Sensitive Themes Onstage

Staging controversial shows in school theaters presents rewards and risks. Veteran arts educators share insights about the pros and cons of such shows, and how to produce them successfully.

  • Theater
  • Controversial Topic

Register Your School Group

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.

Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.

David M. Rubenstein is the Presenting Underwriter of WNO.

WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.

WNO's Presenting Sponsor

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 Generous support for WNO Italian Opera is provided by Daniel and Gayle D'Aniello.

This performance is made possible by the Kimsey Endowment;The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David M. Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.

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.