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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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Music's rising stars from the nation's top conservatories performing in the Terrace Theater
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- The Domestic Crusaders 11/14/2010
- Furia Flamenca 10/10/10
- They Might Be Giants 10/2/2010
- Ozomatli 9/15/2010
- Broadway Today & Tomorrow 2/1/2009
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Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets RequiredPerformance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014IN THE TERRACE THEATERStudents play Balakirev’s Islamey, Fantasie Orientale; Ravel’s Tzigane; Zyman’s Sonata; Young and Elliott’s “A Weaver of Dreams;” and selections from Puccini’s Turandot and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke.” Part of the Conservatory Project.
Thursday, April 24, 2014IN THE TERRACE THEATERStudents play Lorenzo’s Fire Dance, Thomas’ Street Song, Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles, Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik, and Holst’s Fantasia on the Dargason and March. Part of the Conservatory Project.
Friday, April 25, 2014IN THE TERRACE THEATERThe Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia plays works by Gabrieli, Rossini, and Mozart. Part of the Conservatory Project.
Saturday, April 26, 2014IN THE TERRACE THEATERIsraeli duo talYtali’s original instrumentation and musical aesthetics stand out in the global jazz music scene, heavily influenced by Israeli traditional songs and classical music. Part of the Conservatory Project.
Sunday, April 27, 2014IN THE TERRACE THEATERStudents play Abel’s Sonata in C minor, Chandler’s Modern Etude for Clarinet, Schober’s Variations for Sextet, Schumann’s Liederkreis, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, and Pappalardo’s Over the Curve. Part of the Conservatory Project.
Monday, April 28, 2014IN THE TERRACE THEATERStudents play Dutilleux’s Sarabande et Cortège, Strauss’s Five Songs, Ligeti’s Sonata for Cello, Sang’s Fantasia, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise brillante for Cello and Piano in C major, and a selection from Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. Part of the Conservatory Project.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014Adrian Anantawan & Vincent Chi Kwan CheungAdrian Anantawan, 2002 VSA International Young Soloists Winner, and Vincent Chi Kwan Cheung present a program of classical repertoire for violin and piano. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, presented by VSA.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014Nasar Abadey's SUPERNOVA Chamber OrchestraSpecifically requested by Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran, drummer and composer Abadey’s 10-piece jazz orchestra brings a mix of jazz, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, and free form to the stage in honor of Jazz Appreciation Day.
Sunday, May 4, 2014One of the first female vocalists signed by Blue Note Records, Marlena Shaw has never strayed far from her jazz roots. A former singer with the Count Basie Orchestra, she has the ability to highlight the dramatic possibilities of the simplest lyric, while her sassy, humorous onstage presence is as entertaining as her singing. She performs with pianist Andrew Adair, bassist James King, and drummer Lennie Robinson. Part of Blue Note at 75.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014Members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks OrchestraMembers of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra—the big band orchestra in residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History—perform repertoire from the storied 75-year history of the iconic label, Blue Note Records. Part of Blue Note at 75.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014Fabian Almazan, RhizomeCuban-born American pianist Fabian Almazan performs selections from his newest album Rhizome (released March 2014 on Blue Note/ArtistShare), complete with string quartet (Megan Gould, violin; Tomoko Omura, violin; Karen Waltuch, viola; Noah Hoffield, cello) and jazz trio (Linda Oh, bass; Henry Cole, drums). “Fabian pushes the envelope in ways that excite people,” says trumpeter Terence Blanchard. “He’s someone who takes all of his experiences around the world in different forms of music, and uses them to create something special.” Part of Blue Note at 75.
Thursday, May 8, 2014Benin-native guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke--a current Blue Note Records artist whose most recent release Heritage was produced by labelmate Robert Glasper—performs with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Loueke stands out in a crowded field of musicians with his trademark sound which “fuses traditional African music with modern jazz harmonies, unique vocal inflections, and complex time signatures” (NPR). Part of Blue Note at 75.
Friday, May 9, 2014An all-star group of Washington, DC-based musicians—Elijah Jamal Balbed, tenor/soprano saxophones, Musical Director, Lyle Link, alto saxophone/flute, Kenny Rittenhouse, trumpet, Raynel Frazier, trombone, Tim Whalen, piano, Eliot Seppa, bass, and Dave McDonald, drums—plays a variety of compositions recorded on the legendary record label. The compositions are from various Blue Note records and are arranged by several members of the band, including a special tribute to Butch Warren (house bass player for Blue Note Records 1960-64, and Washington, DC legend). Part of Blue Note at 75.
Saturday, May 10, 2014Bassist and composer Derrick Hodge performs selections from his debut Blue Note Records recording, Live Today, with Federico Peña, keyboards, Michael Aaberg, keyboards, Keyon Harrold, trumpet, and Mark Colenburg, drums. Having served as sideman to the likes of Terence Blanchard and Robert Glasper, Hodge firmly steps out as leader as the New York Times states, “with roots in gospel, jazz and R&B….bearing earnest intentions and a glow of transparent optimism.” Part of Blue Note at 75.
Sunday, May 18, 2014Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Dan SoderIN THE TERRACE THEATERComedian Dan Soder offers an evening of comedy with opener Carson Gross. With a comedy career that started at age 21, Dan Soder has been featured on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Conan, and Opie and Anthony. This year you can see him on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, as well as his commentary as a new cast member of MTV2’s Guy Code. This program contains mature themes and strong language.
The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts
accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission to its community and the nation.
Additional funding for the Millennium Stage is provided by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., Jaylee M. Mead†, The Meredith Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation,
Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A.J. Stolwijk, U.S. Department of Education, and the
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund.
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund - James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, Fannie Mae Foundation, James V. Kimsey, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.