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National Symphony Orchestra

Noseda conducts Wagner: The Ring without Words

Jan. 11 - 13, 2024

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducts the NSO in Wagner: The Ring without Words (compiled by Lorin Maazel). All the drama of Wagner’s four operas is here, told through the pure power of the orchestra.

The Other Side

Jan. 13 - 14, 2024

Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s simple yet powerful book comes to life in an evening-length dance piece from choreographer and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Dance Education Hope Boykin. Don’t miss this special return engagement of the April 2022 Kennedy Center world premiere!

Seth Meyers

Sat. Jan. 13, 2024

Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award–winning writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Following his debut stand-up special Lobby Baby, Meyers brings brand new stand-up to the Eisenhower Theater!

National Symphony Orchestra

Musical Roots: Noseda & Friends
Gil Shaham plays Dvořák’s Violin Concerto | Noseda conducts Schubert’s Ninth Symphony

Jan. 18 - 21, 2024

Grammy-winning violinist Gil Shaham, proclaimed “the outstanding American violinist of his generation” by Time Magazine, bring flawless technique and spirited warmth to every note of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto—from its powerhouse opening and lyrical slow movement to the lively finale infused with Slavic cheer. Noseda closes the program with Schubert’s final Symphony No. 9, “The Great.”

Washington National Opera

AOI: Three One-Act Operas

Fri. Jan. 19, 2024

Be there for the world premiere of three one-act operas staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra comprised of WNO Orchestra musicians.

Elena Moon Park and Friends

Sat. Jan. 20, 2024

Take an “unhurried journey” around the globe through song! Elena Moon Park and Friends performs folk and children’s music from East and Southeast Asia, reimagined to celebrate various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Takács Quartet

Thu. Jan. 25, 2024

This titan of string ensembles is back to astound Kennedy Center audiences once again. Entering its 49th season, Takács Quartet infuses deep richness and fresh insight into each performance.

National Symphony Orchestra

Musical Roots: Noseda & Friends
Seong-Jin Cho plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 | Noseda conducts Shostakovich & a Carlos Simon premiere

Jan. 25 - 27, 2024

Following his concerts last season, The Washington Classical Review reported that an “aura of classical music celebrity hung about the Kennedy Center Concert Hall… when a capacity crowd turned out to hear the return of Seong-Jin Cho.” Now, he reunites with Noseda for a performance of Beethoven’s moving Piano Concerto No. 4.

National Symphony Orchestra

Audra McDonald

Tue. Jan. 30, 2024

As beloved on Broadway and opera stages as she is in her roles in film and on television, record-breaking six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald joins the NSO for an unforgettable evening of vocal beauty! Don’t miss the chance to hear her stunning renditions of Broadway classics and contemporary favorites in a staggering performance of stratospheric talent.

The Girl Who Became Legend

Feb. 2 - 11, 2024

The town of Dustbin is known for two things: rules and dust. But one day, Raina spies a cloud in the sky—and adventure ensues with Calamity Jane, Johnny Appleseed… and a thunderstorm! Coming to the Center from ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX, this charming new folktale takes the stage, packed with spirited tunes.

National Symphony Orchestra

DC ORIGINALITY: Showcasing the Cultural Beat of Capital City

Feb. 2 - 3, 2024

From smoky jazz echoing down U Street to the pulsating beats of Go-go born in the heart of D.C., the vibrant sounds of our city come alive at this electrifying concert event! Join the NSO and remarkable local artists as we showcase the music of homegrown heroes such as Marvin Gaye, Chuck Brown, Duke Ellington, John Philip Sousa, and more.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb. 6 - 11, 2024

For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the beloved company presents Ailey classics and new works, including Ailey’s signature Revelations.

National Symphony Orchestra

Musical Roots: Noseda & Friends
Hilary Hahn plays Korngold’s Violin Concerto | Noseda conducts Beethoven’s “Eroica”

Feb. 7 - 9, 2024

Three-time Grammy winner and Musical America’s 2023 “Artist of the Year” Hilary Hahn performs Korngold’s glamorous, glittering Violin Concerto—an extraordinary fusion of Viennese romance and Old Hollywood. Then, brace yourself for the immortal “Eroica” Symphony, Beethoven’s vast ode to heroism, revolution, and freedom.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Gateways Chamber Players: A Fiddler’s Tale

Tue. Feb. 13, 2024

An all-star lineup of leading musicians comes together to perform two iconic works: Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale Suite and Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale.

Ain’t Too Proud

Feb. 13 - 18, 2024

Don’t miss the electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time.” With their signature dance moves and harmonies, The Temptations rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and many more.

American Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake

Feb. 21 - 25, 2024

American Ballet Theatre’s quintessential production of Swan Lake returns to pull D.C. audiences back under its spell. Journey to the enchanted lake, complete with soaring choreography, hauntingly beautiful music, and extravagant sets.

 

FORTAS CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS 

Jennifer Koh & Missy Mazzoli

Fri. Mar. 1, 2024

Jennifer Koh and Missy Mazzoli join forces for an elegant—yet challenging—performance. Collaborating for over a decade, the violin-piano duo presents a mesmerizing evening of Mazzoli’s works.

Grupo Corpo

Mar. 1 - 2, 2024

Founded in 1975 by Paulo and Rodrigo Pederneiras, the Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo (meaning “Body Group” in Portuguese) is renowned for its unparalleled blend of popular Brazilian culture, African rhythms, and classical technique.

Through the Sunken Lands

Mar. 2 - 17, 2024

Tim J. Lord’s radio play transforms into a heartening world premiere musical that amplifies the voice of a commonly overlooked community. Follow Artemis—a young wheelchair user who’s determined to fight to save her dying town with the help of Aunt Maggie… and a talking heron!

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Abeo Quartet

Wed. Mar. 6, 2024

The Abeo Quartet joins our Fortas season as part of the Kennedy Center’s Green Shoots initiative to feature up-and-coming chamber artists. Formed at Juilliard in 2018, the ensemble is the first graduate string quartet in residence at the University of Delaware. 

On Sale Fri. Dec. 1, 2023 10a.m.

Washington National Opera

Songbird

Mar. 9 - 23, 2024

The carefree Parisian nightlife of Offenbach’s La Périchole finds its match—Prohibition-Era New Orleans—in this reimagined, jazz-infused comedy.

Company

Mar. 12 - 31, 2024

Winner of five Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, COMPANY—Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy—is at once boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful, and downright hilarious. It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man, and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st century could drive a person crazy.

FORTAS CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS 

Requiem for the Enslaved

Thu. Mar. 14, 2024

From the piano, Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon leads a small ensemble in Requiem for the Enslaved. The program invokes African American spirituals and the form of a Catholic liturgical mass to tell the story of 272 enslaved people sold in 1838 to pay the debts of Georgetown University.

Duke Ellington Orchestra

Fri. Mar. 15, 2024

Performing worldwide for more than 101 years under the guidance of three generations of Ellington’s family, the Grammy Award–winning supergroup has produced more iconic jazz classics than any other band—passing the sound artist-to-artist in the creative spirit of its founder.

National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Family Concert: Music of Duke Ellington

Sun. Mar. 17, 2024

Take the A-Train to a special afternoon of music paying tribute to the beloved jazz composer and bandleader! Conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the National Symphony Orchestra performs this swinging session as part of the Kennedy Center’s season-wide Ellington 125 celebration.

FORTAS CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS 

Catalyst Quartet

Thu. Mar. 21, 2024

Catalyst Quartet makes its exciting Fortas series debut. Building its programs and projects around a belief in the unifying power of music, the group acts as a catalyst—redefining and reimagining the classical music experience.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Imani Winds

Wed. Apr. 3, 2024

Celebrating over two decades of music making, Imani Winds is recognized for its dynamic playing, adventurous programming, outreach endeavors, and efforts to commission works from new voices that reflect historical events and today’s world.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Apr. 4 - 6, 2024

Look no further for top-notch ballet that’s also uproariously funny! The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, famed for performing en travesti and on pointe, is back to spoof some of your favorite works during its 50th anniversary season.

Message In A Bottle

Apr. 9 - 21, 2024

The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati, and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Kennedy Center Honoree and 17-time Grammy® Award–winning artist Sting.

Jason Moran – Solo Ellington

Wed. Apr. 10, 2024

Guided by Duke Ellington’s great canon, Jason Moran takes a solo piano climb up “Mount Ellington” in this extraordinary celebration of the composer’s enduring legacy. Experience the timeless genius of Ellington’s music, brilliantly reimagined by Moran and paired with iconic images of The Duke by legendary photographer Gordon Parks.

The Illusionists

Apr. 23 - 28, 2024

The Illusionists is the world’s biggest-selling magic show. It has played hundreds of cities, spawned two TV specials, and shattered box office records across the globe, dazzling audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions featuring the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

National Symphony Orchestra

Chris Thile: ATTENTION!

Tue. Apr. 23, 2024

Devilishly dexterous and eclectic, Chris Thile is at home in every genre—from bluegrass to Baroque to jazz to indie pop. The Grammy winner’s brand-new work for mandolin, vocals, and orchestra will feature his trademark whimsical songwriting and storytelling, instrumental virtuosity, and ever-present sense of humor. Don’t miss this brilliant exploration of American music both old and new!

Cyrus Chestnut: Duke Ellington Sacred Concert

Mon. Apr. 29, 2024

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, Cyrus Chestnut brings his epic interpretation of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts to life. Don’t miss a rare performance of this joyful music embracing the gospel, jazz, blues, swing, and classical styles that defined The Duke’s work and spirituality.

New Seasons Announced!

Hip Hop Culture, Renée Fleming VOICES, Comedy, Jazz, and NSO Pops events for 2023-2024 join a dazzling array of Theater, Dance, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, and Fortas Chamber Music seasons.

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