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

    Thursday, July 2, 2015
    El Trio de la Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho and Tradiciones Carumeñas

    The two groups preserve and promote the music and culture from the Ayacucho and Tixani Valley regions of Peru, respectively. The trio is part of a community ensemble, which includes guitars, mandolins, charangos, violins, quenas, and occasionally harps, bandurrias, and lutes. Part of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    El Trio de la Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho
    Tradiciones Carumeñas
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  • [July 3, 2015]

    Friday, July 3, 2015
    Los Wembler’s de Iquitos

    The family-based musical group is recognized across Peru as innovators of the style known as cumbia amazónica. They came together in the late 1960s, creating a unique sound loosely inspired by Colombian cumbias. Part of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Los Wembler’s de Iquitos


  • [July 4, 2015]

    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All-Star Band

    The ensemble makes its Millennium Stage debut in a program of familiar jazz standards. The band offers 32 select Monterey County high school students with the opportunity to study and perform a much more advanced level of music than what might be presented in their respective school music programs.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Band


  • [July 5, 2015]

    Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Akua Allrich Album Release Show

    Celebrating the release of her third album, Soul Singer, the soul-stirring jazz vocalist and D.C. native captures the blues, soul, R&B, jazz, and pan-African music with lyrics akin to Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley, and Nina Simone.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Akua Allrich


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    Monday, July 6, 2015
    Hip-Hop Theater Festival: Balon the Oomph That Keeps You There

    Uses theater, spoken word, music, and movement to journey through Washington, D.C’s changing neighborhoods and historic communities’ ventures. Through this multidisciplinary exploration, we discover the effects of gentrification and what it takes to survive it. Part of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Hip Hop Theater Festival


  • [July 7, 2015]

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015
    NSO Summer Music Institute

    Concerto Competition finalists from the NSO Summer Music Institute perform solos. The winner, to be announced at a later date, will perform with the SMI Orchestra on July 25 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Summer Music Institute


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    Wednesday, July 8, 2015
    Spiritrials

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER

    Intersects addiction, religion, and the law in a government-sponsored drug rehabilitation program. In this timely and personal exploration of the criminal justice system, an “anonymous” narrator shifts in-and-out of four characters as he examines his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival. 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)

    Hip Hop Theater Festival


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    Thursday, July 9, 2015
    Beat Sessions: J Dilla

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Is a panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla) from the unique perspective of fellow music producers, highly-respected DJs, incredible artists, and special guests. First-hand accounts will be accompanied by heart-felt conversation and highlight his raw beginnings, career heights, and the parts in between. Guests include Amp Fiddler, Slum Village, Musiq Soulchild, DJ Spinna, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and 9th Wonder. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the 10th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla festivities at the Kennedy Center and The Howard Theatre, July 9 & 10. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Georgia Anne Muldrow
    Musiq Soulchild
    9th Wonder


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    Friday, July 10, 2015
    The S&R Foundation Washington Award Alumni Performance

     Cellist Tim Park and pianist Tanya Gabrielian play solo pieces by J.S. Bach and dancer Junichi Fukuda performs a modern dance work entitled Ecolosion. The S&R Foundation’s Washington Award recognizes young artists in various artistic fields, especially those who make a contribution to international cultural collaboration.

    Featured Artist(s)

    S&R Foundation
    Junichi Fukuda
    Tim Park
    Tanya Gabrielian


  • [July 11, 2015]

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    Washington National Opera Institute

    Participants in the WNO Opera Institute collaborate for a musical evening featuring classical singers. The Institute is a three-week summer program that brings passionate, talented young musicians together to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment.

    Featured Artist(s)

    WNO Opera Institute at American University


  • [July 12, 2015]

    Sunday, July 12, 2015
    NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

    IN THE CONCERT HALL
     The NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra performs Strauss’s Don Juan and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra


  • [July 13, 2015]

    Monday, July 13, 2015
    NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles

    Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform Barber’s Woodwind Quintet, Debussy’s String Quartet No. 1, Schubert’s Trout Piano Quintet, and Brahms’s Horn Trio in E-flat Major in small chamber ensembles.   

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Summer Music Institute


  • [July 14, 2015]

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015
    NSO Summer Music Intstitute Chamber Ensembles

    Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform Dvorák’s String Quintet, Op. 77, Beach’s Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, and Arnold’s Brass Quintet, Op. 73 in small chamber ensembles.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Summer Music Institute


  • [July 15, 2015]

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles

    Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform J.S. Bach’s Fugue in G, Ewazen’s Eaglehawk Trombone Trios, Schubert’s Octet in F Major, and Mendelssohn’s String Octet in small and large chamber ensembles.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Summer Music Institute


  • [July 16, 2015]

    Thursday, July 16, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Josh Blue and Shannon DeVido

    Begins at 5:45 p.m.
    Comedians Josh Blue and Shannon DeVido will open the 25/40 celebration with a stand-up comedy performance. Headliner Josh Blue won the fourth season of NBC’s reality series Last Comic Standing. As a comedian living with cerebral palsy, Blue centers much of his act on his disability. Shannon DeVido is a comedian, actress, and singer who launched the popular web series Stare at Shannon, breaking the conventional image of disability through comedy. This performance, part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries highlighting the history, art, and culture of the disability community, is being offered in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and will be made available in embassies and consulates around the world via live-streaming.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Shannon DeVido
    Josh Blue


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    Friday, July 17, 2015
    VSA International Young Soloists Winners

    Representatives from the past ten years of the VSA International Young Soloists Award Program perform. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

    Featured Artist(s)

    VSA International Young Soloists


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    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    25/40 Celebration

    This Millennium Stage performance is part of the 25/40 Celebration, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA. Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


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    Sunday, July 19, 2015
    Frankie Lee

    Whether Lee writes his world-weary alt-country songs because he knows how to sing 'em, or the other way around, he's found a calling. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Frankie Lee


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    Monday, July 20, 2015
    NSO Summer Music Institute

    Participants in the NSO Summer Music Institute perform Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, Maurer’s Concertante for Four Violins in A Minor, Op. 55, Bliss’s Oboe Quintet, and Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango in small chamber ensembles.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Summer Music Institute


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    Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    American Sign Language Storytelling Night

    Join us for this family friendly event in which three Deaf storytellers enthrall children and adults alike with stories told in American Sign Language with voice interpretation. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

    Featured Artist(s)

    25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


  • [July 22, 2015]

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Robotic Musicians and Musical Cyborgs

    Georgia Tech’s Robotic Musicians and Musical Cyborgs features Shimon, the robotic marimba player, alongside other robotic musicians and a drummer who wears an assistive robotic drumming prosthesis. Shimon utilizes artificial intelligence and creativity algorithms that push musical experiences and outcomes to uncharted domains. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Shimon Robotic


  • [July 23, 2015]

    Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

    The winner of nine International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation. Together with his band Flamekeeper, four-time IBMA Instrumental Group winners, Cleveland, who is blind, delivers some of the most powerful, exciting, and authentic bluegrass. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Michael Cleveland


  • [July 24, 2015]

    Friday, July 24, 2015
    Blessing Offor

    Blessing Offor is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and professional speaker who has appeared on The Voice and with musical legends Tower of Power and the Temptations. A 2010 VSA International Young Soloist Award recipient, his first full-length record was released this past February. Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Celebrating the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Blessing Offor


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    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    National Dance Day: Dance for Everybody & NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

    4:30 P.M. IN THE GRAND FOYER
    7 P.M. IN THE CONCERT HALL

    Today features two special performances that depart from our usual time and offer dance and classical music.

    At 4:30, the Kennedy Center and the Dizzy Feet Foundation present National Dance Day: Dance for Everybody. This free, two-and-a-half-hour celebration features a wide variety of dance classes and performances, including the well-known physically integrated AXIS Dance Company and local tap artist Baakari Wilder, among others.

    At 7 p.m., the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra, featuring the winner of the Concerto Competition, performs Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra
    AXIS Dance Company
    Baakari Wilder


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    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    25/40 Celebration

    This Millennium Stage performance is part of the 25/40 Celebration, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA. Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


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    Monday, July 27, 2015
    Target Family Night: Ukuleles for Peace

    The group brings its socially conscious message to the Millennium Stage community. The orchestra seeks to drive the wheel of social change by creating long-term opportunities for Jews and Arabs to meet and befriend one another.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ukuleles for Peace


  • [July 28, 2015]

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    All-American Boys Choir

    America’s quintessential professional boys’ chorus makes its Millennium Stage debut. Based in Costa Mesa, California, the chorus is comprised of more than 100 boys ages 8-15 drawn from throughout Southern California.

    Featured Artist(s)

    All-American Boys Choir


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    Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Creole United

    The group was founded by Andre Thierry and Sean Ardoin, and its mission is to further Louisiana’s Creole music tradition by creating new standards that incorporate the old styles. Creole United is a movement and a band that includes Creole artists from all living generations and styles. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Creole United


  • [July 30, 2015]

    Thursday, July 30, 2015
    The El Mansouris

    The D.C. band is the creative union of artists Alex Braden (Young Rapids, Bella Russia), Drew Hagelin (Cigarette), Margot MacDonald, Sam Raymond (Rival Skies), Sarah Schaffer (Lies About), and Fiona Kohrman. A finalist in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, the group made its live debut by playing three consecutive sold out performances in February 2015. Presented in collaboration with Listen Local First D.C.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Listen Local First
    The El Mansouris


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    Friday, July 31, 2015
    The Washington International Piano Festival

    The Festival returns to the Kennedy Center for solo and group performances by selected 2015 WIPF participants. Hosted by the Catholic University of America, the Festival seeks to provide a learning experience by engaging participants and observers in master classes, lectures, and performances.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Washington International Piano Festival


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    Saturday, August 1, 2015
    The Washington International Piano Festival

    Participants in the seventh annual festival perform a piano recital.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Washington International Piano Festival


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    Sunday, August 2, 2015
    Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra


  • [August 4, 2015]

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    Dupont Brass

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Dupont Brass


  • [August 5, 2015]

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

    Featured Artist(s)

    George Washington University Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute


More performances to be announced soon.

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