The National Symphony Orchestra joins forces with Children’s National Hospital for The Lullaby Hour

A cellist records her performance on a laptop
A cellist records her performance on a laptop

As a part of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Sound Health programming, the NSO is inviting musicians from across Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia to participate in The Lullaby Hour. This volunteer project focuses on supporting children and families at the intersection of music and wellness, through sharing traditional lullabies, meditations and calming music for patients, families and others at Children’s National Hospital.

Rolling Deadlines

  • February 15, 2021: To be included in the March Lullaby Hour series

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No holiday season is complete without a trip to the magical Land of Sweets with Clara, the Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ballet companies across the country are keeping this festive tradition alive by going digital, giving you many Nutcracker options to experience from home!

Ballet West in “The Nutcracker.” Photo by Luke Isley.

What happens in The Nutcracker?

The story of The Nutcracker begins in the Stahlbaum family home as they prepare for their annual Christmas Eve party. As the festivities begin, the toymaker Drosselmeyer appears with gifts for Fritz, Clara (sometimes called Marie in certain productions), and the other children at the party, and presents Clara…


Photo by unknown, Courtesy of the Kennedy Center Archives

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a National Cultural Center in the nation’s capital, setting the stage for what would ultimately become the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The original architectural design for the Center was an ambitious one, featuring many curves and extending into the Potomac. However, these original plans were deemed cost-prohibitive and in 1962 architect Edward Durell Stone was asked to provide a more modest option, resulting in the current design of the Kennedy Center’s main building.

Although the cost of the new — and ultimately approved — design was…


The cherished tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium tradition goes virtual.

Look back on 2019’s unforgettable TUBACHRISTMAS, and join the virtual performance this year!

From our friends at the Washington D.C. TUBACHRISTMAS Team:

While we can’t gather together this year to have our regular TUBACHRISTMAS event in person, we’re calling on our friends to submit video recordings to be included in a virtual project. The carols we have chosen for this year are Joy to the World and Silent Night. You’re welcome to participate in any or all of the carols! If you would like to participate, please send us a video recording of you playing your part in your best…


Apply for Washington National Opera’s resident-training program by Oct. 12.

The cast of American Opera Initiative’s Pepito, a WNO production. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The Cafritz Young Artist Program of Washington National Opera offers artists on the verge of international careers a course of intensive training, study, career guidance, and performance opportunities in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

Payment is provided: Stipend, reimbursement of monthly health insurance premium (up to a certain amount), one-time moving allowance, wellness allowance, financial assistance with travel for competitions, lessons, and auditions. Singers will also have the opportunity to perform and cover roles in Washington National Opera mainstage productions, which are compensated according to AGMA stipulations in addition to regular…


by National Symphony Orchestra first violinist Jane Bowyer Stewart

Tangled in extension cords and headphone wires, I huff a sigh and jab at the “record” button on my phone. Again. More than a dozen takes and I still haven’t gotten it perfect. Our deadline is tomorrow, but tomorrow the construction vehicles across the street start beep-beep-beeping at 7 a.m. Why is their first act of every morning backing up? I’m very glad those guys still have work. But nobody wants trucksong in their Beethoven symphony.

The National Symphony has been in diaspora for months. Back in January, when the coronavirus…


2018–2019 Citizen Artist Fellow Donney Rose

In his multimedia performance piece The American Audit, Baton Rouge poet Donney Rose casts America as a business being audited by black Americans. The accounting begins in 1619, the year slave traders brought Africans to Jamestown, Virginia, England’s first permanent settlement in North America.

The Advocate

In February 2020, poet, teaching artist, community activist, and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Donney Rose debuted a new work to creatively assess the accrued toll on humanity afforded to people once considered property.

Through original poetic verse, audio and video interviews with experts on history and culture, and visceral imagery, The American…


The 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees

“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness.” — Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein

This Thanksgiving, we’re giving thanks for the remarkable artists who will receive the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements.

Earth, Wind & Fire


Download our new “Tour the Kennedy Center” augmented reality app before your visit, designed by our Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems!


You won’t believe this outstanding lineup.

When Dave Chappelle accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 27, 2019, an extensive lineup of artists and entertainers will gather to offer a one-of-a-kind salute.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist, and creator of characters, Clemens — like Chappelle — was a fearless observer of society.

So, who can you expect to see in the Concert Hall?

Neal Brennan

With Chappelle, Neal Brennan co-created…

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