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2017 Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival

Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2017

The 2017 Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival celebrates the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy and the Peace Corps with six days of free choral music performances co-presented by Classical Movements and the Kennedy Center.


The Kennedy Center

Celebration Concert Tours International presents Celebrate Freedom Concert

Sat, Jul 1, 2017, 8:00 PM

A vast ensemble of musicians, choir members, and special guest artists comes together in a stirring concert of patriotic music. Update as of 6/23: Please see details below  on how to make reservations for this event.


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Millennium Stage: 2017 Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK Celebration Finale Concert

Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 6:00 PM

The 2017 Serenade! Festival concludes with a Finale Concert featuring all of the participating choruses. 

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Art Garfunkel In Close-Up

Sat, Jul 8, 2017, 8:00 PM

Art Garfunkel's latest world tour, with guitarist Tab Laven and keyboardist Dave MacKay, encompasses his solo hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters, and parts of his forthcoming autobiography. 

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The Isley Brothers

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Isley Brothers have basked in the forefront of popular music for nearly 50 years with dozens of #1 hits, countless awards, and an induction into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. 

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Music and Movement: The National Symphony Orchestra & National Dance Day

Sat, Jul 29, 2017, 4:00 PM

Watch, listen, dance, and sing at this FREE community celebration on the National Mall of National Dance Day and the new National Symphony Orchestra season, culminating in a night of Dancing Under the Stars. 


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Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest In Concert: Vinyl Release Tour

Mon, Jul 31, 2017, 8:00 PM

The American singer-songwriter and her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings, come to the Kennedy Center as part of their newly announced tour to perform their 2011 Grammy®-nominated album in its entirety, featuring their trademark blend of Appalachian music, bluegrass, and Americana. 

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Marceliru/ Carpenter

National Symphony Orchestra: Carpenter plays Copland / Favorites by Bernstein & Adams

Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2017

Cristian Macelaru conducts an all-American program featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, pairing Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.

On Sale 7/12/2017


Christian McBride and Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Renée Fleming & Christian McBride

Fri, Oct 13

Fleming pairs her radiant vocals with the iconic jazz sounds of four-time Grammy Award®–winning bassist Christian McBride.

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Leslie Odom Jr.

Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Oct 14 - Oct 15, 2017

Following his acclaimed performance at the 2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, Leslie Odom Jr. returns to showcase the remarkable talent that also won him that year's Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for his performance as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton.

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NSO Pops: Pink Martini with China Forbes

Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2017

With an eclectic, whimsical charm and a repertoire spanning from jazz to classical to retro pop, the self-described “little orchestra” and singer China Forbes return to D.C. for a highly anticipated reunion with the NSO.

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Cynthia Erivo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Cynthia Erivo

Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017

The British actress known for her inspiring Tony-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple showcases her powerhouse voice for two remarkable evenings.

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Noseda/ Beethoveen

National Symphony Orchestra: Borrowed from Baroque: Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony & more

Nov 9 - Nov 11, 2017

Gianandrea Noseda showcases three pieces that reach into the past and feature Baroque styles in distinct and innovative ways: Webern's Passacaglia, Dallapiccola's Partita, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.


Barbara Hannigan

Renée Fleming VOICES: Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 7:30 PM

Barbara Hannigan is a Canadian soprano and conductor, and one of the world's leading performers of contemporary opera. She is joined for a fantastic evening of music by prolific and respected Dutch conductor, pianist, and composer Reinbert de Leeuw.

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Angelique Kidjo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Angélique Kidjo

Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 8:00 PM

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Award®winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva."

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Cantus

Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

This "intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) eight-member men's vocal ensemble is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances. Join the group for an exciting Christmas program.


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National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel's cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.


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Kathleen Battle's Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey

Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 5:00 PM

The five-time Grammy® winning soprano, whose voice has been hailed as "one of the very few most beautiful in the world" (The Washington Post), returns to D.C. with a special concert program celebrating the spiritual as a musical form as well as the power of the human spirit.

On Sale 7/12/2017


Leonard Bernstein

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leonard Bernstein, His World Through Music

Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 7:30 PM

As part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, in collaboration with pianist Justin Snyder and Leonard Bernstein's son Alexander, bring a captivating evening of the late legend's vocal and piano music, enriched with personal reminiscences, illuminating commentary, and illustrative video and photographs.

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2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: John Holiday in Recital

Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

This year's winner, gifted counter-tenor John Holiday, has been hailed by the New York Times as "an exceptional singer with a strong voice, even in its highest range."

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National Symphony Orchestra: John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Mar 8 - Mar 10, 2018

In celebration of John Adams's 70th birthday year, Gianandrea Noseda conducts The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Adams's expansive composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra depicting Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.


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Renée Fleming VOICES: Ute Lemper's Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

The German singer and actress renowned for her interpretations of the work of Kurt Weill performs a collection of songs that journey through Europe and Argentina, featuring the Vogler Quartet.

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Noseda/ Verdi

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem

Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem, a spectacular masterpiece composed in memory of an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi deeply admired. Pairing striking trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments, Requiem is a legendary musical experience.


Dawn Upshaw

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dawn Upshaw and So Percussion

Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 7:30 PM

Five-time Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw is joined by today's leading percussion ensemble, So Percussion. This contemporary pairing brings an exciting freshness to our season with an evening that includes a brand new work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw.


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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Isabel Leonard in Recital

Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano precedes her turn as Rosina in Washington National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville with an intimate concert. The Grammy-winning, operatic superstar brings her gorgeous voice to a glorious evening of story and song.

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NSO Pops: Audra McDonald

Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 8:00 PM

As beloved on Broadway and opera stages as she is in her roles in film and on television, iconic singer and actress Audra McDonald joins the NSO for an exquisite selection of her favorite music.

On Sale 11/15/2017


Gregory Porter

NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Wed, Jun 27, 2018, 8:00 PM

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter returns for an exciting evening of jazz.

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