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Welcome to Explore the Arts Online. Tour our on-demand archives featuring more than 3,000 fascinating events, performances, and educational lectures. Here, you will gain insight on history's greatest classical composers, witness the emotional power of modern dance masters, and more. Journey with the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra as we explore the arts.

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NSO PreludeNSO Prelude Performance 

Members of the NSO play chamber works by Piston, Rossini, Schulhoff, and Meyer....
Date Added: 4/17/15

Recently Added Videos

NSO Youth Fellows

The National Symphony Orchestra program develops and encourages high school students to become orchestral musicians through monitored, performance-oriented training.
Date Added: 4/16/15


Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival: The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase

Part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, award-winning young playwrights present their work; a selection from HUFF from Cliff Cardinal; and a dark comedic one-man show. The Festival runs April 14–18 and showcases 140 college students from around the country in various discipline
Date Added: 4/15/15


Glenelg High Jazz Ensemble & Colonial Forge Jazz Choir

Two advanced, award-winning high school student groups from Maryland and Virginia perform a split program of jazz standards in various combinations. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.
Date Added: 4/14/15


Howard University Dance Ensemble

Made up of 18-20 young women and men, this ensemble performs works from renowned choreographers as well as student composition in genres of contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and ballet.
Date Added: 4/13/15


Watch an Livestream

Have you ever wanted to be in the audience as a virtuoso first puts bow to string or listen to an award-winning director as they answer a question you've always wanted to ask, but can’t make it to the Kennedy Center? Well, Explore the Arts Online is your ticket to engage with the most compelling shows, live discussions, and educational forums that the Kennedy Center has to offer. There's always something new available, so join us every day for entertainment and intellectual enlightenment.

Next Livestream

The Manhattan School of Music
The Manhattan School of Music

The Jazz Arts Quintet performs a variety of pieces by Duke Ellington, including...more

Live stream on 4/18/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Students perform selections from Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore with pi...more

Live stream on 4/19/15 at 6:00 PM


The New England Conservatory

The New England Conservatory

Students perform string quartets by Bartók and Mendelssohn, songs by Faust and D...more

Live stream on 4/20/15 at 6:00 PM


Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Students perform songs and arias for mezzo-soprano by Strauss, DuParc, & Ros...more

Live stream on 4/21/15 at 6:00 PM


The Juilliard School

The Juilliard School

Students perform piano trios by Mozart and Ravel....more

Live stream on 4/22/15 at 6:00 PM


Explore and Interact

Explore these unique interactive environments to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the world of the performing arts. From the modern to the ancient, each interactive site delves deeply into aspects of art, life, and culture.

  • NSO: Meet the Musicians NSO: Meet the Musicians

    Learn more about the National Symphony Orchestra using the new interactive feature above. Click on the options on the top right hand side of the feature to learn more about the individual musicians of the NSO, the different instruments of the orchestra, the NSO administrative staff and governance, and more.

  • Perfect Pitch

    This interactive explores the variety of musical instruments in orchestras from baroque to modern. Players can learn how instruments are made, create their own orchestral arrangements, find out about famous players and composers, and put instruments into their historical context. Guided listening is combined with questions about the history, construction, and use of the instruments. A baseball metaphor and lots of options for exploration and play will keep students coming back to this one!

  • Jazz in Time Jazz in Time

    Developed for middle and high school audiences, this interactive timeline follows the development of this great American art form. Divided by decade, the timeline ...

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