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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

As one of the nation's busiest cultural institutions, the Kennedy Center is both a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy and a world-class performing arts destination. Each year, the Center hosts more than 3,000 performances of music, dance, and theater across a multitude of stages – from grand venues like the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater, and Concert Hall – home of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Wasington National Opera – to more intimate spaces like the Family Theater, Terrace Theater, and KC Jazz Club.

Calendar of Events
Oct 7 - Dec 31Shear Madness
Nov 5 - Jan 1Kennedy Center Gift Shop
Nov 20 - Nov 22Rossen Milanov, conductor: Stravinsky's Firebird Suite / Garrick Ohlsson, piano, plays Busoni's Piano Concerto
Nov 20 - Nov 30Little Dancer
Nov 21American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas
Nov 22 - Dec 28The Gift of Nothing
Nov 23Anne-Sophie Mutter & The Mutter Virtuosi
Nov 28 - Nov 29NSO Pops: An Evening with Sutton Foster / Steven Reineke, conductor
Nov 28 - Nov 30The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Dec 4 - Dec 6Helmuth Rilling, conductor: All-J.S. Bach Program including the Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra
Dec 5Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Andrea McArdle
Dec 6Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring Allan Harris and Dee Alexander
Dec 10 - Dec 14Ballet West: The Nutcracker
Dec 11 - Dec 13NSO Pops: Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor
Dec 11Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Anonymous 4: On Yoolis Night
Dec 12NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas
Dec 13Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio
Dec 13 - Dec 14Holiday Shopping and Book Signing
Dec 14Holiday Shopping and Steinbach Nutcracker Signing
Dec 16 - Jan 4Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Dec 18 - Dec 21Handel's Messiah
Dec 19 - Dec 21Holiday Family Opera: The Little Prince
Dec 31A Jazz New Year's Eve: Branford Marsalis
Dec 31New Year's Eve at The Kennedy Center
Jan 6 - Jan 11The Illusionists
Jan 9Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Will Chase
Jan 11The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Bartók, Ravel, Bowen, & Arensky
Jan 15 - Jan 17Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Tzimon Barto, piano, plays Rihm's Piano Concerto / Works by Berlioz & Dvorák
Jan 16Beyond the Score: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
Jan 17 - Feb 1Mockingbird
Jan 17 - Feb 15Gigi
Jan 22 - Jan 24Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 1 / Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster, plays Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo
Jan 23 - Jan 24American Opera Initiative: New Hour-Long Opera: Penny
Jan 23KC Jazz Club: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience featuring Machito Jr.
Jan 24Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Sullivan Fortner Quartet
Jan 27 - Feb 1Mariinsky Ballet
Jan 29 - Jan 31Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 4 / Arabella Steinbacher, violin, plays the Violin Concerto
Jan 31KC Jazz Club: Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project, featuring Jamie Baum, George Schuller & Jerome Harris
Feb 3 - Feb 8Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Feb 4Organ Recital: Cameron Carpenter, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)
Feb 5 - Feb 7Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Juraj Valcuha, conductor: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Stravinsky & Bruch
Feb 6The Crossroads Club: Maceo Parker
Feb 7KC Jazz Club: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play
Feb 7NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!
Feb 10Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Feb 13KC Jazz Club: Jenny Scheinman
Feb 13Barbara Cook's Spotlight: LaChanze
Feb 14Kurt Elling: Passion World
Feb 14 - Feb 15Jack' s Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure
Feb 15NSO Family Concert: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
Feb 18 - Feb 22Sleepy Hollow
Feb 19 - Feb 21Matthias Pintscher, conductor: Karen Gomyo, violin, plays Pintscher's Mar'eh / Works by Fauré & Ravel
Feb 20 - Mar 1Outside the Bachx
Feb 21Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Feb 21 - Mar 10Dialogues of the Carmelites
Feb 22Living the Dream…Singing the Dream
Feb 23Renée Fleming
Feb 26 - Feb 28Herbert Blomstedt, conductor: All-Beethoven Program / Emanuel Ax, piano, plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3
Feb 27The Great Flood: Film by Bill Morrison
Feb 28An Evening of Jazz Standards with Eric Owens featuring the Music of Eckstine and Hartman
Mar 1Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Imani Winds
Mar 1The Silk Road Ensemble
Mar 5 - Mar 7Iberian Suite: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor: Falla's La vida breve & Albéniz's Suite española
Mar 6 - Mar 7IBERIAN SUITE: Grupo Corpo (Brazil): Sem Mim & Onqotô
Mar 7 - Mar 21The Flying Dutchman
Mar 7Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Lang Lang in recital (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)
Mar 9IBERIAN SUITE: Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras (Spain): Voces, Suite Flamenca
Mar 10 - Mar 11IBERIAN SUITE: Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo (Portugal): Fado
Mar 11 - Mar 12IBERIAN SUITE: Compañía María Pagés (Spain): Utopía
Mar 12 - Mar 14Iberian Suite: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain
Mar 13 - Mar 14IBERIAN SUITE: María Muñoz of Mal Pelo (Spain) & Tania Perez-Salas of Compañía de Danza (Mexico)
Mar 19 - Mar 21Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 9
Mar 20Stars of Tomorrow: The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in Concert
Mar 21 - Mar 22Somewhere in Quixote
Mar 24Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sharon Isbin, guitar and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-sorpano
Mar 24 - Mar 29American Ballet Theatre
Mar 26Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Emerson String Quartet
Mar 27 - Mar 28NSO Pops: Do You Hear the People Sing / Steven Reineke, conductor
Mar 27Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Malcolm Gets
Mar 27Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday
Mar 28Jan Lisiecki, piano
Mar 28Jason Moran's In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959
Mar 29NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn
Mar 30Raphaël Sévère, clarinet
Mar 31Joshua Bell, violin
Apr 1Stephen Hough, piano
Apr 2 - Apr 4Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3
Apr 3KC Jazz Club: Nate Smith + Kinfolk
Apr 5The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Shostakovich & Dvorák
Apr 7The Philadelphia Orchestra
Apr 7 - Apr 12New York City Ballet
Apr 8Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Edgar Meyer, double bass
Apr 8 - Apr 12Swan Lake
Apr 10 - Apr 11Victory Road
Apr 10Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock
Apr 11 - Apr 12NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo
Apr 11Dianne Reeves and Friends
Apr 12Jay Campbell, cello
Apr 16 - Apr 18Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's The Bells / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
Apr 19Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Apr 21English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir
Apr 25 - Apr 26TETRISplus
Apr 26NSO Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key
Apr 29New World Symphony
Apr 29Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Miró Quartet with Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Apr 30 - May 2Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Penderecki & J. Strauss Jr.
May 1The Blues Hall of Fame Tour
May 1Beyond the Score: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5--Fate Knocks?
May 2NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science/Math + Music
May 6 - May 17ALICE (in wonderland)
May 7 - May 9Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto
May 8KC Jazz Club: Antonio Hart Organ Trio
May 9Igor Levit, piano
May 9NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark!
May 9 - May 21Cinderella
May 10Paul Lewis, piano
May 11Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leonidas Kavakos, violin, with Christoph Eschenbach, piano
May 13Organ Recital: Thierry Escaich, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)
May 13 - May 15Tour-de-Force
May 14 - May 16Leonidas Kavakos, conductor & violin: Works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, & Sibelius
May 15 - May 17Feet Don't Fail Me Now!
May 15 - May 1620th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
May 19Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: The Myriad Trio, with Anthony McGill, clarinet
May 28 - May 30Scottish Ballet
May 29 - May 30Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra
May 30 - May 31NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins, and Trombones, and Bears, Oh My!
Jun 5 - Jun 6NSO Pops: Let's Be Frank / Steven Reineke, conductor
Jun 6Francesco Piemontesi, piano
Jun 762nd Washington International Competition for Strings
Jun 9 - Jun 14The Royal Ballet
Jun 16 - Aug 16The Book of Mormon

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
800-444-1324 phone
202-416-8524 TTY

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