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Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
  • [August 2, 2015]

    Sunday, August 2, 2015
    Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

    Under the direction of Joe Bongiovi, the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra (PJO) brings the best high school and college jazz musicians from the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey region. Founded in 2003 by Joe Bongiovi, Rob Reeve, and Yorgo Papadakis, the group’s schedule has grown to include appearances in clubs and large concert venues across the East coast, as well as a tour to Italy in 2007.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra
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    Monday, August 3, 2015
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

    Artistic Director Tony Small present a tribute concert in which renowned artists give back to the youth who needs us most. The varied performance features presenter Raymond Bokhour, from the cast of Broadway’s Chicago; singer/songwriter/actor/photographer Jussie Smollett, from Fox’s Empire; Gospel award-winning artist Maurette Brown Clark; jazz/classical violinist Chelsey Green; Ukrainian duo Solomia Gorokhivska and Andrei Pidkivka; and The Boys & Girls Club children’s choir.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Jussie Smollett
    Maurette Brown Clark
    Andrei Pidkivka
    Raymond Bokhour
    Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
    Gorokhivska Solomia
    Chelsey Green


  • [August 4, 2015]

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    Dupont Brass

    Offers classical and contemporary arrangements performed by promising young musicians. Originally composed of five Howard University music students, the band gained popularity from playing at local Metro stations and now features nine members. DuPont Brass performs at private events throughout the city and has appeared as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Dupont Brass


  • [August 5, 2015]

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    George Washington University Summer Music Institute

    Students and faculty-artists present an evening of chamber music featuring works by Shostakovich, Widor, Lefebvre, Migot, Dvo?ák, Boccherini, Brahms, and Mozart. The Institute invites middle, high school, and college students to study with faculty-artists from the GW Department of Music and esteemed guest artists from outside the university. Unique among musical programs in the Washington, D.C. area, the Institute places many of its students in ensembles in which resident faculty both coach, rehearse, and perform side-by-side with the students.

    Featured Artist(s)

    George Washington University Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute


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    Thursday, August 6, 2015
    Remembrance

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Great War, Remembrance brings to life the rich legacy of poetry, letters, and music from WWI. The piece features an ensemble of actors, musicians, and dancers that take on the roles of soldiers and sweethearts sharing songs such as “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” “Over There,” and “Always Remembered.” Presented in collaboration with WINGS Performing Arts program.

    Featured Artist(s)

    WINGS Performing Arts


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    Friday, August 7, 2015
    30th International Young Artist Piano Competition

    First prize winners of the 30th International Young Artist Piano Competition—six talented young pianists, ages 7 to 29—perform masterworks from the West and a new premiere from the East. The program highlights works by Berkovich, Liszt, Ravel, and others.

    Featured Artist(s)

    International Young Artist Piano Competition


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    Saturday, August 8, 2015
    Essence of Vietnam

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    Showcases the colorful cultural diversity of Vietnam through traditional musical instruments, graceful dances, and traditional costumes by the National Art Troupe of Viet Nam. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. Part of Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S


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    Sunday, August 9, 2015
    Miraculous Transformation

    Enjoy a fashion show that features designers Lan Huong, Quang Nhat, Chula, and Minh Hanh. These artists are introducing special collections made from Vietnamese ethnic fabric. Miss Vietnam Ngoc Han and Super Model Winner Hoang Yen join the model team to present the collections. Part of Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S


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    Monday, August 10, 2015
    Colors of Vietnamese Ethnic Cultures

    Presents traditional music and dances, showcasing the cultural heritages of Vietnam. This performance features Western music performed on Vietnamese bamboo musical instruments. Part of Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S


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    Tuesday, August 11, 2015
    Night of Lotus

    Presents traditional music and dances, celebrating the beauty of the Lotus flower as the soul of the country. The Lotus is the national flower of Vietnam, and it symbolizes the simplicity and nobility of its people. Part of Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Vietnamese Cultural Days in the U.S


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    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    National Flute Association’s Flute Jamboree

    Features flutists from around the world uniting to share their cultures and celebrate a common passion. We invite you to bring your flute or voice to join in music from around the globe!

    Featured Artist(s)

    National Flute Association’s Flute Jamboree


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    Thursday, August 13, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Owen Benjamin

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    Comedian Owen Benjamin was a series regular on the TBS series Sullivan & Son, recurred on Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents, and more. His next one-hour special Big Pianist is soon to be released. Jamel Johnson opens. 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 two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Owen Benjamin


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    Friday, August 14, 2015
    Duo Drumartica

    The group is one of the most active percussion ensembles in Europe today. Since 2010, they have organized the percussion festival XYLODRUM in Ljubljana, Slovenia and performed at Metelkova Street, Cadrg Records Festival, and the new music festival Slowind. Both artists are also engaged educators, giving seminars or workshops and taking part in Mini Musik children’s concerts in Munich, Germany. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Slovenia.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Duo Drumartica
    Jože Bogolin
    Simon Klavžar


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    Saturday, August 15, 2015
    Charles Covington Jazz Organ Trio

    The celebrated jazz keyboardist returns to perform on the Hammond B-3 with his Jazz Organ Trio (Steve Abshire and Ken Kimery). Covington is a professor at Peabody Conservatory and has performed with legendary artists such as Herbie Hancock, the late Clark Terry and B.B. King, and others.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Charles Covington Jr.


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    Sunday, August 16, 2015
    Humming House

    The Nashville acoustic group performs tunes from their most recent album, Revelries. The quintet combines mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, bass, and vocals to create a pleasing tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Humming House


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    Monday, August 17, 2015
    Secret Sisters

    Direct from Alabama, Laura and Lydia Rogers deliver traditional American country music as well as mesmerizing arrangements of classic and original pop tunes.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Secret Sisters


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    Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Lee Boys

    One of America’s finest African American sacred steel ensembles, performs a unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. Consisting of brothers Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals), along with their three nephews—Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass), and Earl Walker (drums)—they are based out of Miami, Florida.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The Lee Boys


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    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    The Bumper Jacksons

    Fold sounds of jazz, early blues, old-time music, and country swing into an exhilarating repertoire of modern American roots music. Frontwoman Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, vocals), and Maryland-born fellow song-crafter Chris Ousley (guitar, vocals) joined forces to form the group’s core. The other Bumpers add texture, depth and soul—Alex Lacquement (upright bass), Dave Hadley (pedal steel), Brian Priebe (trombone), and Dan Samuels (drums). The group released its new album Too Big World at The Birchmere in July 2015.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The Bumper Jackson


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    Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Reginald Cyntje

    Band blend jazz, Caribbean rhythms, and Afro beats to convey cultural heritage and social justice. The group’s recent release, Spiritual Awakening, represents humanity’s complex journey from introspection to a celebration of freedom. The band features Reginald Cyntje (trombone), Christie Dashiell (voice), Brian Settles (tenor saxophone), Allyn Johnson (piano), Herman Burney (bass), and Carroll Dashiell III (drums).

    Featured Artist(s)

    Reginald Cyntje


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    Friday, August 21, 2015
    East and West of the Blues

    Enjoy an evening of bluesy jazz and soulful improvisations featuring trumpeter Freddie Dunn and friends. Dunn is best known for his work with the groundbreaking urban jazz–soul collective, Fertile Ground. His solo work in their latest CD, Soul Progressin’, was featured on The Wire and won a 2009 Independent Music Award. Dunn’s upcoming projects include a new acoustic set due later this year and a jazz music series in his new home of Brookland in Washington, D.C. Part of the East River Jazz Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Freddie Dunn


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    Saturday, August 22, 2015
    The United States Navy Band Brass Quartet

    Performs diverse styles that represent patriotic and folkloric musical traditions, as well as traditional light classics. Led by Chief Musician John P. Schroeder (trumpet), the quartet includes Chief Musician Stanley H. Curtis (trumpet) and Musicians First Class Philip J. Eberly (euphonium) and Anthony J. Halloin (tuba). Formed in 1999, the quartet provides musical support for official ceremonies at military venues.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The United States Navy Band Brass Quartet


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    Sunday, August 23, 2015
    Target Family Night: Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

    Has released six acclaimed albums and brought energetic live music to kids and families across the country. Prior to this group, Rymer toured and recorded with the roots-rock band From Good Homes for 13 years, sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Brady Rymer


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    Monday, August 24, 2015
    #Yoga4all

    D.C. yoga studio Yoga Heights hosts #Yoga4all on the Millennium Stage. In this free introduction to yoga, instructor Jess Pierno and other experienced practitioners demonstrate how yoga helps them achieve balance, strength, and flexibility of the mind, body, and spirit. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a basic yoga class for all ages and abilities.

    Featured Artist(s)

    YOGA HEIGHTS


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    Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    The D.C. Legendary Musicians Band

    Plays R&B and jazz, and its members have performed with Elvis Presley, Dizzy Gillespie, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Chuck Brown, and many others. The members of the band, who rotate and change as they perform with their own bands and other artists, represent more than 50 years in music.

    Featured Artist(s)

    D.C. Legendary Musicians Band


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    Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Rafiya

    Sings of the human experience in Lingala, French, and English, offering an electrifying blend of contemporary African rhythms and modern pop. Through it, she engages audiences with her enthralling voice, makes them dance to her rhythms, and inspires them with her message of solidarity and love. She has built a solid, growing fan base performing in Congo (Democratic Republic), the Cape Verde Islands, Benin, Senegal, Guinea, Barbados, Mozambique, France, Canada, Cote D’Ivoire, and the United States.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Rafiya Artist


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    Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Ustad Shafaat Khan

    Performs classical and folk styles in a concert that features the sitar, tabla, and vocals. The world-renowned Indian classical musician has performed at concert halls, festivals, and universities in India, Europe, China, Russia, Japan, and the United States. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the U.S., The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. In the rich history of Indian classical music, Khan has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to attain simultaneous excellence in performing sitar, surbahar, and tabla.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ustad Shafaat Khan


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    Friday, August 28, 2015
    Ramy Adly

    Egyptian oud player and composer makes his Kennedy Center debut on the Millennium Stage. Adly studied at The Arabic Oud Housqqe in Cairo, worked as a music lecturer in the Alexandria Library (2011), and established the first Online School of Oud (2013), which serves students from 27 countries. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Egypt.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ramy Adly


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    Saturday, August 29, 2015
    Nrityalaya - Indian Classical Odissi Dance

    Presents a repertoire of traditional dances featuring the unique ancient Odissi style. Odissi is a graceful, elegant, and subtle style that focuses on highly flexible body bends called “Bhangis,” vivid torso movements, intricate technical steps, and self-expression or Ahbinaya. A master class will precede the performance, including a demonstration of the basic stances, torso movements, turns, and jumps. Audience members will be invited to try neck motions, hand gestures, and movements imitating animals such as the peacock, elephant, tiger, swan, fish, and turtle.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Nrityalaya - Indian Classical Odissi Dance


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    Sunday, August 30, 2015
    Ship’s Company Chanteymen Sing-Along!

    Let your voice be heard! For 20 years, the group has shared old salts’ songs with audiences up and down the East coast. Looking dashing in their 19th century naval uniforms, they perform for historical reenactments, at historic venues, on board ships large and small, and at dockside bars, maritime museums, pirate festivals, and concert venues. The Chanteymen have two CDs and have been nominated for a WAMMIE award from the Washington Area Music Association. The Chanteymen are a subset of Ship’s Company, an organization devoted to living history and nautical education.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ship’s Company Chanteymen


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    Monday, August 31, 2015
    Spread Love

    Listen Local First presents, a five-piece band with humble roots in Washington, D.C. The newly formed group has been active since 2014 and performs in the folk-street music style.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Spread Love
    Listen Local First


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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015
    Todd Burge

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Todd Burge


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    Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    Tal National

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Tal National


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    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Great American Songbook High School Competition

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Great American Songbook High School Competition


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    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Kate Berlant

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    Brooklyn-based comedian Kate Berlant performs in comedy festivals across the country and was recently profiled by the New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” at the forefront of experimental comedy. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will be streamed live but will not be archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Kate Berlant


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    Sunday, November 1, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Adam Lowitt

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A three-time Emmy Award–winning Co-Executive Producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Adam Lowitt has appeared as a standup comedian on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show for Comedy Central and performs regularly in New York City and across the nation. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Adam Lowitt


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    Wednesday, December 30, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Nate Bargatze

    Originally from Old Hickory, TN, Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian following in the entertainment business footsteps of his dad, a former clown turned world-class magician. He has appeared on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice, received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival multiple years, and more. His debut comedy album Yelled at by a Clown reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Note: this program will be streamed live but will not be archived.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Nate Bargatze


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    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Cameron Esposito

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito is a fast-rising Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor, and writer who appears regularly on late night TV and in comedy festivals across the country. Her sophomore album, SAME SEX SYMBOL, was released in fall 2014, debuting at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Her first book is forthcoming from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing. Rhea Butcher opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Cameron Esposito


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    Friday, February 12, 2016
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ricky Velez

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Recently named one of Variety’s 2015 “10 Comics to Watch,” Ricky Velez is a New-York based stand-up comic and actor who is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ricky Velez


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