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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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Loud BoyzLoud Boyz Performance 

For the festival’s opening performance, the Kennedy Center rocks harder than eve...
Date Added: 9/4/15

Recently Added Videos

Great American Songbook High School Competition

Join the great American Songbook Ambassadors as they make their Kennedy Center debut and pay tribute to this iconic canon of music. Performers include the 2015 winner, Lucas Debard; 2014 winner Maddie Baillio; 2012 winner Nick Ziobro; and 2013 winner Julia Goodwin; with members of the American Pops
Date Added: 9/3/15


Tal National

Tal National’s joyously hypnotic and highly unique West African guitar music is conveyed by lightning-fast rhythms and with a rotating cast of vocalists. Through their music, the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads on ancient trade routes comes alive. 
Date Added: 9/2/15


Todd Burge

Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work, and drawing on a rich variety of life experiences, musician Todd Burge was recently described as “West Virginia’s premier songwriter” by NPR’s Mountain Stage host Larry Groce.
Date Added: 9/1/15


Spread Love

Listen Local First presents, a five-piece band with humble roots in Washington, D.C. The newly formed group has been active since 2014 and performs in the folk-street music style.
Date Added: 8/31/15


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

Page-to-Stage: Washington Improv Theater
Page-to-Stage: Washington Improv Theater

iMusical, the company’s longest running ensemble, ranges from the silly to the s...more

Live stream on 9/5/15 at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Livestreams

Page-to-Stage: VSA Playwright Discovery Series

Page-to-Stage: VSA Playwright Discovery Series

This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of...more

Live stream on 9/6/15 at 6:00 PM


Page-to-Stage: Synetic Theater Company

Page-to-Stage: Synetic Theater Company

The movement-based theater company presents a demonstration of the Synetic Techn...more

Live stream on 9/7/15 at 6:00 PM


Finding A Line: Darren Harper's The Dynasty Band

Finding A Line: Darren Harper's The Dynasty Band

The D.C.-based, 13-piece ensemble combines the sounds of jazz, pop, R&B, big...more

Live stream on 9/8/15 at 6:00 PM


Finding A Line: The Chariots

Finding A Line: The Chariots

After years away from the stage, D.C.’s most chaotic ska band is returning to pl...more

Live stream on 9/9/15 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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