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Manfred Honeck conducts Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony | Nurit Bar-Josef plays Beethoven

May 2 - 4, 2024

Manfred Honeck, whose 2020 recording of Bruckner’s Ninth earned him three Grammy nominations, presents the gripping work live to D.C. audiences. NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef showcases her “especially beautiful playing… brimming with character” (The Washington Post) in Beethoven’s rarely heard Romances for violin and orchestra.

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Divinity Roxx

May 3 - 5, 2024

Celebrate self-love and positivity with Divinity Roxx, a Grammy®-nominated musician, recording artist, and composer. Her upbeat and sunny music is filled with powerful messages that encourage young people to become the best versions of themselves. 

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

May 7 - Jun. 2, 2024

Dixie Longate is the fast-talking, gum-chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party into the 21st century. Filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, audience participation, and a little bit of empowerment and homespun wisdom, Dixie’s Tupperware Party leaves your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher.

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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Liszt | Anja Bihlmaier conducts Berlioz

May 9 - 11, 2024

Strap in for the psychedelic rollercoaster of Symphonie fantastique, Berlioz’s epic fever dream of obsession, ecstasy, tantrums, and wild ambition. The NSO also performs Bryce Dessner’s Mari and Liszt’s scintillating Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by the “one in a million giant of solo piano” Benjamin Grosvenor (The Independent).

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George Lopez

May 10 - 11, 2024

George Lopez’s illustrious and multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, stand-up comedy, and late-night television. Lopez has broken ground for Latino comics by embracing his ethnicity, confronting racial stereotypes, and fighting for his community on and off the stage.

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival 2024

May 10 - 11, 2024

Join us in honoring the life and work of the “first lady of jazz,” legendary pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. Hosted by the incomparable Dee Dee Bridgewater, this year’s two-day festival features performances by Eliane Elias, Endea Owens, Ingrid Jensen and the Center Song Project, Julia Keefe’s Indigenous Big Band, and more phenomenal women leading today’s jazz scene.

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Washington National Opera


May 11 - 25, 2024

Love makes a princess stronger in this glorious production by Francesca Zambello, offering a Turandot for our times.

MC Lyte presents

An R&B Mother’s Day Celebration
with PJ Morton and MAJOR.!

Sun. May 12, 2024

Hip hop icon and founding Kennedy Center Hip Hop Culture Council Member MC Lyte presents a special Mother’s Day celebration with five-time Grammy®-winning soul singer, songwriter, performer, and producer PJ Morton and Grammy Award®–, Soul Train Music Award–, and NAACP Image Award–nominated soul singer and multi-hyphenate MAJOR.! These two legendary artists will host a one-night-only performance in the Concert Hall honoring mothers and mother figures.

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Alonzo King Lines Ballet: Deep River

May 16 - 18, 2024

Alonzo King LINES Ballet makes its Kennedy Center debut with an elegant, soulful work created in collaboration with Grammy Award®–winning vocalist Lisa Fischer and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, who join the company to perform live.

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National Symphony Orchestra

Song of the Night: Noseda conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

May 30 - Jun. 1, 2024

Join Gianandrea Noseda on a wild journey into twilight... Composed in a furious burst of inspiration, the Seventh is Mahler at his most mysterious. Indulgent, elusive, and delightfully raw, the Seventh is a problem child for some conductors, but not Noseda. From clanging cowbells and titanic brass to intimate midnight mandolin, Mahler’s glamorous, dusk-to-dawn universe is far beyond this world.

New York City Ballet: Jewels

Jun. 4 - 9, 2024

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s treasured Jewels amidst the grandeur of the Opera House. Witness Balanchine’s artistry at its peak from the world-renowned company he cofounded 75 years ago.

Jason Moran & Alicia Hall Moran: Family Ball

Fri. Jun. 7, 2024

Encompassing Jason and Alicia’s iconic blend of music and theater, this new work—set in their Harlem apartment—is intensely entertaining and visually stimulating. “It’s us examining each other’s repertoire,” says Jason, “my favorite songs of Alicia, Alicia’s favorite songs of mine.” Created during the pandemic, Family Ball is a creative feat. But more importantly, it’s a love note.

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Musical Roots: Opera in Concert
Noseda conducts Verdi’s Otello

Jun. 7 - 9, 2024

Experience the thunderous music of Otello in the hands of our opera-loving Music Director. Verdi’s score offers a thrilling exploration of uncontrolled human emotion at its most extreme. Hailed as a pinnacle of Italian operatic repertoire, Verdi’s transformation of the Shakespeare play was described by The New York Times as an “ascent towards a higher musical plane” following its 1887 premiere.

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Angélique Kidjo

Wed. Jun. 12, 2024

Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo entrances audiences with her striking voice, stage presence, and visionary fusion of West African culture, American R&B, Latin music, funk, dancehall, and jazz. A once-in-a-lifetime performance!

10,000 Dreams: A Celebration of Asian Choreography

Jun. 18 - 23, 2024

A blossoming initiative to recognize and elevate Asian creatives working in ballet will grace Kennedy Center stages as a weeklong festival! Curated by the Kennedy Center and Phil Chan, 10,000 Dreams: A Celebration of Asian Choreography shines the spotlight on Asian and Asian American choreographers.

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A Gospel Symphony Celebration

Jun. 18 - 19, 2024

In celebration of Juneteenth, witness the fusion of two extraordinary musical worlds! Grammy Award–winning producer Dr. Henry Panion III leads the NSO, local gospel choirs, and special guests at this unforgettable evening of soulful celebration. Get ready to be moved, uplifted, and inspired by classic and contemporary Gospel hits in a symphonic spectacle that will get you on your feet and singing along with joy!

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Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic

Jun. 22 - 23, 2024

Join us for a symphonic celebration of Disney music, animation, and memories—100 years in the making! Your favorite characters and soundtracks come to life in this live-to-film concert like never before as the NSO takes you on a magic carpet ride through the most memorable moments from Peter Pan, Moana, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Frozen, The Lion King, Fantasia, Encanto, and more.

Funny Girl

Jun. 25 - Jul. 14, 2024

Featuring one of the greatest musical scores of all time, including classic songs “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People,” this bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.

The Kite Runner

Jun. 25 - 30, 2024

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s beloved, international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner is a powerful new play adapted by Matthew Spangler that follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country, and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. Told across two decades and two continents, this unforgettable journey of forgiveness shows us all that we can be good again.

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BLACKSTAR Symphony: The Music of David Bowie

Jun. 28 - 29, 2024

Celebrate Bowie’s final album Blackstar with the NSO and the jazz quartet who made the album. Propelled by a 65-piece orchestra, jazz quartet, and special guest performers, Artistic Director Donny McCaslin and conductor Jules Buckley present new arrangements of Bowie’s extraordinary music by world-renowned orchestrators including Tim Davies, Vince Mendoza, Maria Schneider, Jamshied Sharifi, Tony Visconti, and more.

Pathways to Performance 
Exercises in Reframing the Narrative

Jul. 2 - 3, 2024

Join us for a continuation of the work that began during our 2022 Reframing the Narrative celebration recognizing Black contributions to classical ballet. This two-performance engagement features a newly commissioned ballet and excerpts of recently premiered works by Black choreographers.

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