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Film Screening: Kenwood's Journey

Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 7:00 PM

Witness the journey of the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band to the stage of Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center where they were to play a score written specifically for them by eminent jazz pianist Jason Moran. Join Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and others for a panel discussion following the screening.

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Americans for the Arts presents: 30th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy: Darren Walker

Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 6:30 PM

The Nancy Hanks Lecture is presented annually to stimulate dialogue on arts and public policy. This year's lecture is presented by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.

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Listening Party: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald and the Sophisticated Ladies

Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 2:30 PM

Join in as vocalists Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover, and NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke delve into recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.

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DEMO: Song Dance

DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Song & Dance

Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 8:00 PM

Dubbed the "Matchmaker" by the New York Times, Damian Woetzel has recently garnered acclaim for creating unusual combinations of music, dance, and theater. He brings together skilled artists to explore music and dance in this unique event.

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Sound Health: Music and the Mind with the National Symphony Orchestra

Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

A performance by the National Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Kennedy Center's Sound Health: Music and the Mind events with a program demonstrating, among other things, that the simple act of listening to music is closely related to brain function and structure.

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Ballet 360°: New York City Ballet

Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of well-known ballets to take us beyond the steps and into the fine craft of making a ballet.

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Making of Aida

The Making of Aida

Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 5:30 PM

Join WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello along with other members of the creative team of Aida for a discussion about bringing this new WNO production to the stage.

ETA Creating PRoving UP

Creating an Opera: Proving Up with Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek

Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 5:30 PM

Join two of the most important new talents in American music--composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek--as they discuss creating their captivating tale of homesteading in the American West, as part of WNO's American Opera Initiative Festival.

ETA Don Carlo

Exploring Don Carlo with Philippe Auguin

Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 5:30 PM

Enjoy Don Carlo's return to the Kennedy Center after 17 years with a session led by the WNO Music Director, who takes us into the music to explore and deepen our knowledge of one of Guiseppe Verdi's mightiest creations.

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