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    123 Andrés

    Join Andrés and Christina on an exciting cultural exploration of Latin America through an introduction of language, music, and dance.

    • Music
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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    The company performs selections from its varied and inspiring repertoire, including their signature work, Revelations. 

    • Dance
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    Balancing Bodies

    Dutch dance/theater company Woest brings this interactive show in which the interplay between performer and spectator is the nucleus around which everything orbits.

    • Theater
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    Beauty and the Beat

    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 forces.

    • Music
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    Cantus

    The all-male chamber choir from Minnesota is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances, working without a conductor, and each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. 

    • Music
    • Chamber Music
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    Concerts for Young Audiences in the REACH Series

    A new series of one-hour concerts in the Kennedy Center's REACH that features talented national and D.C.-area musicians.

    • Music
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    Dom Flemons

    Grammy® Award-winner Dom Flemons shares the music of the early American Songsters, conveying nearly a century of folklore and styles, including ragtime, blues, country western, bluegrass, and string band music.

    • Jazz & Blues
    • Folk Music
    • African-American History
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    Don Giovanni

    From its thrilling overture to its breathtaking final scene, "Don Giovanni" explores issues of amorality, power, and justice that are just as relevant to today as to Mozart's time.

    • Opera
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    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!)

    Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!) is sure to get everyone's wings flapping. 

    • Music
    • Theater
    • Puppetry
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    EGG-tion HERO

    Join Dutch theater/dance company Maas in a charming production for young audiences featuring miming actors, a chase scene, and a hysterically egg-cellent time.

    • Theater
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    Fall 2019 NSO Open Rehearsal and Q&A Session

    Music and dance inspire each other and the audience in this diverse program of classical works connecting the two art forms. Gianandrea Noseda conducts with NSO Concertmaster Nurit Baref-Josef.

    • Orchestral Music
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    GET'M

    Dutch theater company Bontehond presents this imaginative production in the spirit of "Tom and Jerry" and "Looney Tunes," featuring silly misunderstandings, a fantastic puppet show, and some hilarious hide-n-seek.

    • Theater
    • Comedy & Performance Art
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    Girl Power! Celebrating Women in Music

    Don't miss the National Symphony Orchestra's special showcase of female composers, conductors, and performers in an interactive performance that mixes orchestral music, history, and inspiration.

    • History
    • Orchestral Music
    • Women in the Arts
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    Giselle

    Considered a quintessential tale of unrequited love, heartbreaking loss, and triumphant forgiveness, "Giselle" remains a timeless favorite.

    • Ballet
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    Glimpse

    This concert presented by Dutch music company Oorkaan transports young audiences to an enchanted world in which music, artists, images, and technology interact with one another. Jazzy melodies mix bright visuals, forming a captivating new way to relate to music and sounds.

    • Visual Arts
    • Jazz & Blues
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    Halloween Spooktacular

    The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when our ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween. Nicholas Hersh leads this exciting concert experience, which features music from Harry Potter and more. 

    • Music
    • Orchestral Music
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    Kid Prince and Pablo

    Mark Twain's classic The Prince and the Pauper is reimagined as a digital age American Hip Hop story by playwright Brian Quijada, with direction by Pirronne Yousefzadeh and music by Marvin Quijada.

    • Theater
    • Hip-Hop Culture
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    Martha Graham Dance Company: The EVE Project

    In celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment in 2020, which gave most women the right to vote, the Martha Graham Dance Company has created a collection of new commissions and signature Graham classics that each make bold statements about female power.

    • Dance
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    Mozart Mash-Up

    A string quartet featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) shares its favorite pieces form the prolific composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    • Music
    • Orchestral Music
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    Otello

    Verdi’s monumental retelling of Shakespeare’s masterpiece offers a psychological medium to explore good and evil, as well as the downfall of a celebrated leader.

    • Opera
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    Paquita

    Paquita is a glittering showcase of classical technique, dazzling tutus, and non-stop virtuosic turns. This 19th-century treasure is rarely performed in its entirety and the company now brings the U.S. premiere of its lavish new full production. 

    • Ballet
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    Peter & Friends

    Inspired by Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," this wild adventure features actors, puppets, and a quintet of woodwind and brass musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, presented in collaboration with Atlanta Georgia's Teller Productions.

    • Music
    • Theater
    • Puppetry
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    Presto!

    Oh no, a musician’s viola has been stolen! Could the culprit be the magician next door? Join Presto!—a string trio—to follow the clues and crack the case. Along the way, discover the secrets of string instruments and the music they play.

    • Music
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    Samson and Delilah

    The lavish production and sumptuous period costumes provide the backdrop for some of the most splendid vocal music in French Grand opera.

    • Opera
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    Spring 2020 NSO Open Rehearsal

    The youngest-ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Akiko Suwanai joins Gianandrea Noseda for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

    • Music
    • Orchestral Music
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    The Magic Flute: Open Rehearsal

    Join handsome prince Tamino and his silly sidekick Papageno as they set out on a fantastic journey to rescue the kidnapped Pamina in Mozart’s final and beloved opera—with a whimsical production designed by children's author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, best known for Where the Wild Things Are.

    • Opera
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    The Magic Flute: Opera Look-In

    At this Look-In, students hear amazing performances; see demonstrations of behind-the-scenes technology, lighting, and stagecraft; and get a glimpse into the many careers available in stage performance, both onstage and behind the curtains.

    • Opera
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    The Nutcracker

    Atlanta Ballet offers a truly spectacular, visually inventive staging set against a fantastical starry night, dominated by oversized storybooks, clocks, and constellations.

    • Ballet
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    Yao Yao

    South Korea's Brush Theatre uses interactive screen technology and live music to capture the whimsical adventure of Yao, a little girl who accidentally pulls a thread that leads to a magical world of imagination.

    • Theater