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Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required

Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
  • [March 30, 2015]

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    Very Be Careful (VBC)

    Straight from Los Angeles, the group performs Colombian vallenato music—a traditional cumbia sound that centers around the accordion, backed with percussion and bass.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Very Be Careful (VBC)
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  • [March 31, 2015]

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    Senri Oe

    The Japanese pop star and actor turned New York City–based jazz pianist makes his Millennium Stage debut. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Senri Oe


  • [April 1, 2015]

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015
    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

    Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead


  • [April 2, 2015]

    Thursday, April 2, 2015
    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

    Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead


  • [April 3, 2015]

    Friday, April 3, 2015
    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

    Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead


  • [April 4, 2015]

    Saturday, April 4, 2015
    Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

    In Trombonists of the Kennedy Center, eight highly skilled players from the KCOHO and NSO perform arrangements of works by Handel, Brahms, and Bourgeois.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
    National Symphony Orchestra


  • [April 5, 2015]

    Sunday, April 5, 2015
    National Capital Area Choir

    Directed by Thomas K. Pierre Jr., the D.C. area musical ministry performs gospel and sacred music.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The National Capital Area Choir


  • [April 6, 2015]

    Monday, April 6, 2015
    Asako Tamura: Kokoro: Japanese Melodies from the Heart

    The Japanese soprano, fresh off her London debut in Madama Butterfly at Royal Albert Hall, presents a recital of Japanese songs. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Masayo Ishigure
    Shuko Tada
    Asako Tamura


  • [April 7, 2015]

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    Integriti Reeves

    The singer and her sextet celebrate Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a dynamic performance that features classical jazz partnered with smooth storytelling.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Integriti Reeves


  • [April 8, 2015]

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015
    Quilt

    The Boston-based, psychedelic indie-rock band’s music beams with unapologetic energy and wonder, turning simple songs into absolute anthems. Their latest album Held in Splendor is a collection of poetry, public questions, confessions, and aspirations.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Quilt


  • [April 9, 2015]

    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    Mark H Rooney, Kristen Koyama, & UpRooted Dance

    This collaboration is a program of visually striking images and storytelling through taiko (Japanese percussion instruments) and dance. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Kristen Koyama
    Mark H Taiko
    UpRooted Dance


  • [April 10, 2015]

    Friday, April 10, 2015
    Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group

    One of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan performs thundering taiko drumming infused with traditional Japanese dance as nearly 30 drummers and dancers take the stage. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe


  • [April 11, 2015]

    Saturday, April 11, 2015
    Target Family Night: The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

    Under the direction of Mr. Michael Bowie, the talented local ensemble brings its energetic and youthful take on jazz. The group’s alumni are graduates of every major music conservatory in America.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra


  • [April 12, 2015]

    Sunday, April 12, 2015
    D.C. Lead Belly Showcase

    In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Lead Belly’s birth, local guitarist and singer/songwriter Jonny Grave is joined by fellow folk and blues musicians in a tribute performance to the folk music legend and his work. See also Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Jonny Grave


  • [April 13, 2015]

    Monday, April 13, 2015
    Howard University Dance Ensemble

    The impressive group, made up of 10-12 young women, performs freestyle moves in hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Howard University Dance Ensemble


  • [April 14, 2015]

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Glenelg High Jazz Ensemble & Colonial Forge Jazz Choir

    Two advanced, award-winning high school student groups from Maryland and Virginia perform a split program of jazz standards in various combinations. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble
    Colonial Forge Treble Makers


  • [April 15, 2015]

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival: The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, award-winning young playwrights present their work; a selection from HUFF from Cliff Cardinal; and a dark comedic one-man show. The Festival runs April 14–18 and showcases 140 college students from around the country in various disciplines. 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)

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival


  • [April 16, 2015]

    Thursday, April 16, 2015
    NSO Youth Fellows

    The National Symphony Orchestra program develops and encourages high school students to become orchestral musicians through a monitored, performance-oriented training program.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Youth Fellows


  • [April 17, 2015]

    Friday, April 17, 2015
    NSO Prelude

    Members of the NSO play chamber works by Piston, Rossini, Schulhoff, and Meyer.

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Prelude


  • [April 18, 2015]

    Saturday, April 18, 2015
    The Manhattan School of Music

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The Jazz Arts Quintet performs a variety of pieces by Duke Ellington, including “Caravan,” “Through the Night,” “Daydream,” and more.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Manhattan School of Music


  • [April 19, 2015]

    Sunday, April 19, 2015
    The San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform opera works from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with piano accompaniment.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The San Francisco Conservatory of Music


  • [April 20, 2015]

    Monday, April 20, 2015
    The New England Conservatory

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform string quartets by Bartók and Mendelssohn, songs by Faust and Dvorák, and violin solos by Tchaikovsky and Paganini.

    Featured Artist(s)

    New England Conservatory of Music


  • [April 21, 2015]

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform songs and arias for mezzo-soprano by Strauss, DuParc, & Rossini; and classical works by Lutos?awski, Ravel, Schumann, Strauss, and Liszt.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Northwestern University Bienen School of Music


  • [April 22, 2015]

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    The Juilliard School

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform piano trios by Mozart and Ravel.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The Juilliard School


  • [April 23, 2015]

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    Eastman School of Music

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students from the Eastman Saxophone Project perform arrangements by Bach, Ravel, Djupstrom, Bryant, and Gorb.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Eastman School of Music


  • [April 24, 2015]

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Berklee College of Music

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform original compositions and works by modern jazz masters.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Berklee College of Music


  • [April 25, 2015]

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    The Oberlin Conservatory of Music

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students perform works by Telemann, Kim, Lieberman, Dvorák, Liszt, and a work for electronics by Mitchell Hermann.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Oberlin Conservatory of Music


  • [April 26, 2015]

    Sunday, April 26, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ophira Eisenberg

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s hit trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, Comedy Central, and VH-1 and was selected as one of New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny. She recently released her second comedy album BANGS! on Comedy Dynamics. Matty Litwack 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 2 tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ophira Eisenberg


  • [April 27, 2015]

    Monday, April 27, 2015
    The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”

    IN THE CONCERT HALL
    The group, part of the arts promotion program carried out by the Polígono Industrial Don Bosco in San Salvador which supports at-risk youth, makes its U.S. debut. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”


  • [April 28, 2015]

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir & The Luther Jackson Concert Choir

    The talented local high school choirs from Maryland and Virginia present a joint program of classical works and contemporary favorites, including works by Mozart, and will perform in various languages. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

    Featured Artist(s)

    The Luther Jackson Concert Choir
    Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir


  • [April 29, 2015]

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Maris Briežkalns Quintet plays Rothko in Jazz

    The Latvian quintet performs works inspired by the great artwork of Mark Rothko with a unique audiovisual project.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Maris Briezkalns Quintet


  • [April 30, 2015]

    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Rebellum—Selections from Brer Rabbit: The Opera ~ A Funky Meditation on Gentrification & Other Fey, Lovely, and Krunk Songs

    Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, performance artist Aisha Cousins and director Letitia Guillory's collaboration this past January led to two BRIC Studio/Brooklyn, NY sold-out performances of Brer Rabbit: The Opera - A Funky Meditation on Gentrification. Rebellum, Burnt Sugar Arkestra's avant funk & roll splinter cell, performs music from Brer Rabbit along with new Burnt Sugar Arkestra selections from their yet-to-be-released DVD, Black from the Abyss.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Rebellum


  • Defualt image of The Kennedy Center

    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    NSO Prelude

    Featured Artist(s)

    NSO Prelude


  • [May 10, 2015]

    Sunday, May 10, 2015
    Harlem Nights / U Street Lights

    A Collaborative Presentation of The Apollo and The Kennedy Center.
    Vocalists Queen Esther and Brianna Thomas perform with Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue (directed by Connaitre Miller), mining the rich, related vocal history of the New York and Washington, DC jazz scenes. The evening continues with a ticketed show in The Crossroads Club featuring Jason Moran, Marc Cary, and many others.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Queen Esther
    Afro Blue
    Brianna Thomas


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