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About In Your Neighborhood 2021

Taking place across three weeks in September, the National Symphony Orchestra’s In Your Neighborhood partners with local artists and venues to celebrate the power of live music. …


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

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.


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…


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…


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

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

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…


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…


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…


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…


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!

The Kennedy Center

The nation’s performing arts center.

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