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Local Dance Commissioning Project

The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series. Learn More

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List of upcoming Millennium Stage performances.

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Learn about the goals and mission of the Performing Arts for Everyone initiative.

Conservatory Project

Music's rising stars from the nation's top conservatories performing in the Terrace Theater

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Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required

Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted

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  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    [December 18, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    Celebrate the spirit of Hanukkah with D.C.’s widely acclaimed Jewish and Klezmer band, which provides lively and festive entertainment for all, with songs in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish as well as traditional Jewish folk dancing.
    Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.
  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    [December 19, 2014]
    U.S. Army Blues: A Stan Kenton Christmas
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    Part of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Blues returns with its festive program highlighting the music of pianist, composer, and orchestra leader Stan Kenton.
  • Saturday, December 20, 2014

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    Pasatono Orquesta will be performing music from their new album "Maroma". The music has some surprising references to dixieland jazz, which was popular in Mixtecan villages many years ago, as well as danzón and rumba. Some melodic lines that come from Hungary via the gypsy caravans that used to take cinema to the indigenous villages of the region. There’s also the chilena, considered to be ‘traditional Mixtecan music' as well as the polkas, paso dobles, marchas and mazurkas that came from Europe and took root in the local repertoire. Musical director Rubén Luengas adds his own personal journey to this mix with pieces he calls “Mixtecan-haiku,” that reflect his interest in minimalism, the tonality of his native Mixtecan language and environmental sounds.
  • Sunday, December 21, 2014

    [December 21, 2014]
    Holiday Spectacular
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    Listen Local First D.C. and The 9 Songwriter Showcase offer a show with nine of DMV’s most talented songwriters and musicians, collaborating to create a show full of seasonal cheer for the entire family.
  • Monday, December 22, 2014

    [December 22, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The folk and roots-rock band performs a cross-cultural mix of “Mexo-Americana” fusion. The program also includes Mexican folk holiday tunes.
  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    [December 23, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The dynamic ensemble made up of first time or returning musicians over the age of 55, performs crowd-pleasing holiday music.
  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    [December 24, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    Performance at 12 noon
    The Quintet led by Zachary Smith of the Dixie Power Trio performs original arrangements characterized by 20th century of jazz harmonies and stylings.
  • Thursday, December 25, 2014

    [December 25, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    Join in the 16th All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.
  • Friday, December 26, 2014

    [December 26, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The Richmond-based gospel group presents an evening of gospel and holiday-related programming.
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014

    [December 27, 2014]
    Holiday Vaudeville
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    Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts an evening featuring modern-Klezmer quartet the Alexandria Kleztet and world-class comedian/variety entertainer Will Shaw, blending holiday music with non-stop laughter.
  • Sunday, December 28, 2014

    [December 28, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts an evening featuring modern-Klezmer quartet the Alexandria Kleztet and world-class comedian/variety entertainer Will Shaw, blending holiday music with non-stop laughter.
  • Monday, December 29, 2014

    [December 29, 2014]
    Zan McLeod’s Celtic Holiday
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    Enjoy traditional Irish music and step-dancing as guitarist Zan McLeod collaborates with the group Skylark, comprised of Elise Kress (flute and vocals) and Alex Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), and with the Culkin Irish Dancers.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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    The acclaimed 16-member gospel brass and percussion band from Anacostia performs a joyful holiday program.
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    [December 31, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Brooklyn-based Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, led by percussionist Gianni Mano and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat. The program features indie pop tunes arranged under the influence of the ’70s Fania/Salsa Dura scene and Afro-Caribbean rhythms.
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015

    [January 8, 2015]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Rachel Feinstein
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A nationally touring comedian and actress, D.C. area native Rachel Feinstein is known for her ability to morph into any ethnicity and even cross genders to skewer issues of race, class, and pop culture. Rachel was a finalist on Season 7 of Last Comic Standing, she was featured on Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey, and she has had her own half hour special, Comedy Central Presents: Rachel Feinstein. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

    [February 26, 2015]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Hari Kondabolu
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The New York Times has called Hari Kondabolu “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” Hari served as a writer and correspondent on the Chris Rock–produced television show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX, and has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. Opening set by Elahe Izadi. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    [March 3, 2015]
    Coral Cantigas (U.S.)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Directed by Puerto Rico-born Diana Sáez, this local chorus performs many styles of Latin American, Spanish, and Caribbean choral music in Spanish, Portuguese, and indigenous languages and dialects of the Americas—such as Nahuatl, Quechua, and Creole—with bilingual texts to allow audiences to follow along.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    [March 4, 2015]
    Metales M5 (Mexico)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Mix the shenanigans of the Blues Brothers with the seriousness of the Canadian Brass and you have Mexico's leading brass quintet. They synthesize classical, contemporary, folk, film, and pops arrangements with brilliant costumes, audience interaction, and Latin American charm.
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015

    [March 5, 2015]
    Claudia Acuña (Chile): Homage to Violeta Parra
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Possessing one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music, the Chilean singer/songwriter presents a special program in honor of late Chilean composer/folklorist Violeta Parra, whose "Gracias a la Vida" is one of the most covered Latin American songs in history.
  • Friday, March 6, 2015

    [March 6, 2015]
    Papo Vázquez's Pirates Troubadours (Puerto Rico/U.S.)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The veteran trombonist, composer, and Grammy nominee has performed and recorded jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, and classical music for more than 35 years. He was recently invited by "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band to lead and direct their first Afro-Caribbean jazz performance in D.C.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015

    [March 7, 2015]
    Moreira Chonguiça (Mozambique)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Making his U.S. debut, the internationally renowned saxophonist—also a well-known producer, composer, and ethnomusicologist—has performed across Mozambique, South Africa, and Brazil as well as in several international festivals.
  • Sunday, March 8, 2015

    [March 8, 2015]
    Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco, Harold López-Nussa, and Aldo López-Gavilán (Cuba)
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    Begins at 5 p.m. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Three of Cuba's top jazz pianists perform a lively two-hour marathon concert with one, two, or all three onstage at any given time. Pacheco is also a percussionist, composer, and vocalist, while López-Nussa is an outstanding young jazz interpreter, and López-Gavilán was born to a family of acclaimed classical musicians. In partnership with FUNDarte.
  • Monday, March 9, 2015

    [March 9, 2015]
    Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró (Spain)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Two of Spain's rising musical talents—collaborators for nearly a decade—present a unique blend of jazz, flamenco, and fado music. Vocalist Sílvia Pérez Cruz sings in seven languages; her first album went gold in Spain. Guitarist Raül Fernández Miró learned flamenco alongside Kiko Veneno.
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    [March 10, 2015]
    Romero Lubambo (Brazil) and Hernán Romero (Spain)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    This dynamic musical pairing features two acclaimed classical guitarists performing a blend of styles. Lubambo has performed and recorded with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Harry Belafonte, and Diana Krall. Romero has hit the Top 10 World Music Billboard charts, and his music has been featured in major motion pictures.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    [March 11, 2015]
    Hadi Eldebek (U.S./Lebanon)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The composer, oud player, and Arabic music teaching artist has performed with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and more. Eldebek will introduce poetry and music in the traditional Arab-Andalusian repertoire, performed by accomplished Arab musicians.
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015

    [March 12, 2015]
    Nathalie Handal and Hanna Khoury (U.S.)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Handal's most recent books include the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía and Love and Strange Horses. Khoury is a violinist trained in Arab and Western classical music. In a performance combining music with Handal's writings, they'll explore the vast Arab influences in Iberian arts and culture.
  • Friday, March 13, 2015

    [March 13, 2015]
    Manhattan Camerata (Argentina/Portugal): Tango-Fado Project with Maestro Daniel Binelli
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The New York–based chamber orchestra integrates Western music with world instruments and styles. Exploring the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado, this performance features fado singer Catarina Avelar, pianist Polly Ferman, and Argentine composer/bandoneón player Maestro Daniel Binelli.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015

    [March 14, 2015]
    Leticia Moreno with Christoph Eschenbach (Spain/Germany)
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    Violinist Leticia Moreno will be joined by NSO Music Director and pianist Christoph Eschenbach for a duo recital of music from the Iberian peninsula. Leticia Muñoz Moreno has earned praise for her "captivating vehemence, virtuosity, and brilliancy" (El Païs).
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015

    [March 15, 2015]
    Hiromi Suda (Japan)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Originally from Japan, this stunning vocalist began her studies at Berklee College of Music and soon developed a keen interest in Brazilian music. She produces a singular and innovative sound, recognized by critics as a serious contribution in vocal style and technique.
  • Monday, March 16, 2015

    [March 16, 2015]
    The Gift (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Formed in 1994, this popular alternative rock band has performed around the world in Germany, Macau, Paris, Spain, Prague, the United States, and more, with highlights including South by Southwest and the Sonar Festival. They've also toured with bands like The Flaming Lips. In partnership with Arte Institute.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    [March 17, 2015]
    Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal/Colombia) and Luísa Sobral (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Two of the today's top female Portuguese musicians perform a double bill. Multi-award-winning singer Ribeiro is a past participant of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center. Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sobral's first album went platinum and was nominated for two Golden Globes. In partnership with Arte Institute
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    [March 18, 2015]
    José André (Bolivia)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Making his U.S. debut, this nine-year-old pianist and Latin jazz phenom, who is blind, has performed with many great jazz musicians throughout Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Both Reuters and the BBC have covered him in international news stories.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2015

    [March 19, 2015]
    António Zambujo (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The acclaimed fado singer merges cante alentejano (male chant from southern Portugal with North African influences) with traditional fado, bossa nova, Brazilian popular music, and jazz. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 as part of Carnegie's World Views program. In partnership with Arte Institute
  • Friday, March 20, 2015

    [March 20, 2015]
    Rodrigo Leão (Portugal)
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    The founding musician behind well-known Portuguese ensemble Madredeus—and founding member of indie-rock band Sétima Legião—began a solo career in 1993. He has also composed scores for several films, including 2013's The Butler directed by Lee Daniels. In partnership with Arte Institute
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015

    [March 21, 2015]
    Brass Ensemble São Paulo (Brazil): Carmen Miranda, Carnival, and Beyond
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    Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
    Making their U.S. debut, an ensemble of musicians from the São Paulo Youth Orchestra plays a program of South American rhythms including songs made famous by Portuguese Brazilian entertainer Carmen Miranda, popular songs from Carnival, and more.
  • Friday, March 27, 2015

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ron Funches
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    IN THE FAMILY THEATER
    Stand-up comedian Ron Funches’s easygoing, inventive style sounds the way fresh chocolate chip cookies taste. Ron performs stand-up all over the United States, impressing audiences everywhere. He has performed live on TBS's Conan O'Brien Show and is a regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and The Kroll Show.
More performances to be announced soon.