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The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series. Learn More
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Music's rising stars from the nation's top conservatories performing in the Terrace Theater
Note: There is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events.
- The Domestic Crusaders 11/14/2010
- Furia Flamenca 10/10/10
- They Might Be Giants 10/2/2010
- Ozomatli 9/15/2010
- Broadway Today & Tomorrow 2/1/2009
And More ...
Performances from the Past WeekOctober 21, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Members of the National Symphony Orchestra training program—Eric Costantino, viola (11th grade, West Potomac High School, Alexandria, VA), Didi Park, cello (12th grade, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Falls Church, VA), Gaby Pho, horn (8th grade, Poe Middle, Annandale, VA), and Julia Angelov, violin (8th grade, National Cathedral School, DC)—perform solos on the Millennium Stage. The program encourages high school students to become orchestral musicians of the future through a monitored, performance-oriented training program designed for serious music students.
Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows
October 20, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The banjo player and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence pushes the boundaries of banjo music into uncharted territory with a sound rooted in the traditions of Appalachian folk music.
Featured Artist(s): Brad Kolodner
October 19, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Born near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kinobe (Chi-no-bay) is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion.
Featured Artist(s): Kinobe
October 18, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Daniel Burkholder and his dance company take it outside to present a site-specific improvisatory and participatory dance work. Combining elements of choreographed dance, solo improvisation, and conversations with audience members, Acts of Arriving explores what it means to be “from” a place and how this affects our memories. ON THE NORTH PLAZA
Featured Artist(s): Daniel Burkholder
October 17, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The Band’s Saxophone Quartet and Brass Quintet take the spotlight.
Featured Artist(s): U.S. Marine Chamber Ensemble
October 16, 2014 - Watch this Performance
This D.C. band blends Ethiopian music and jazz to create a unique sound called EthioJazz.
Featured Artist(s): Feedel Band Listen Local First
October 15, 2014 - Watch this Performance
WPA Women’s Committee presents a memorial concert honoring the late D.C. jazz musician Dick Morgan featuring jazz guitarist Steve Abshire.
Featured Artist(s): Steven Abshire
October 14, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Members of the KCOHO play Schoenfield’s Café Music and Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat.
Featured Artist(s): The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
October 13, 2014 - This performance is not available for viewing.
Comedian Nikki Glaser first gained notoriety during season four of Last Comic Standing when she advanced to the semifinals while she was still attending college. Since then, she has performed stand up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Comic Standing 7 and has appeared in the film Punching The Clown, the comedy documentary I Am Comic, and Amy Schumer’s pilot for Comedy Central. Glaser also cohosts the popular comedy podcast, You Had To Be There. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE TERRACE THEATER
Featured Artist(s): Nikki Glaser
October 12, 2014 - Watch this Performance
MacDonald, the looping, multi-instrumentalist, is the D.C.-area’s musical sweetheart. Mancini’s sugary tunes will make you want to tap your toes and sing along, while Sam McCormally’s thoughtful and immensely catchy songs round out the lineup. Part of the Magnificent Intentions Music Festival, which showcases original music being created by some of D.C.'s finest artists.
Featured Artist(s): Olivia Mancini Margot MacDonald Sam McCormally
October 11, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Evry is a crafty songwriter and opera-trained vocalist. Zipf combines his honey-laced voice and picturesque lyrics that make his band, The Cowards Choir, a weapon of mass seduction, and you’ll find yourself humming Walker’s opus-like pop tunes for days, and being moved by the stories within for even longer. Part of the Magnificent Intentions Music Festival, which showcases original music being created by some of D.C.'s finest artists.
Featured Artist(s): Andy Zipf Ryan Walker Derek Evry
October 10, 2014 - Watch this Performance
National Symphony Orchestra members Paul Cigan (clarinet), Paula Akbar (violin), Sue Midkiff (violin), Ruth Schaaf (viola), James Lee (cello), and Paul Denola (bass) play Jim Parker’s Bonjour M. Grappelli, a selection from Phillip Rhodes’s Two Appalachian Settings, and Jim Parker’s Concerto for clarinet and strings.
Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude
October 9, 2014 - Watch this Performance
American saxophonist and composer Jones and French vocalist and composer Lesbros are joined by Ches Smith (drums), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass) and Aruan Ortiz (piano) for an evening of jazz. Presented by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation & French-American Jazz Exchange.
Featured Artist(s): Emilie Lesbros Darius Jones Quartet
October 8, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The accomplished lyric baritone performs spirituals, oratorios, Broadway tunes, and more.
Featured Artist(s): Robert Cooper
October 7, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The Moroccan contemporary dance company presents IDENTITY, a new work featuring riveting solo movement by choreographer-dancer Hind Benali. Part of Center Stage, a program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.
Featured Artist(s): Fleur d'Orange
October 6, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The mezzo-soprano, recipient of the 2014 Marian Anderson Award—a grant for American singers in mid-career—performs a recital accompanied by soprano Amber Wagner, baritone Michael Kelly, and pianist Kathleen Kelly. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE TERRACE THEATER
Featured Artist(s): Jamie Barton Michael Kelly Kathleen Kelly Amber Wagner
October 5, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Founded in 2007 at the Tbilisi State University (Georgia), this all-female ensemble explores traditional folk songs with modern arrangements.
Featured Artist(s): Tsu Gordela
October 4, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The guitarists blend Lage’s background in modern jazz and new music with Eldridge’s relationship with bluegrass and his experience as a member of the widely acclaimed band Punch Brothers.
Featured Artist(s): Julian Lage Chris Eldridge
October 3, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The classical guitarist makes her U.S. debut with a solo recital of Paraguayan and Spanish works. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Paraguay.
Featured Artist(s): Daiana Ferreira Da Costa
October 2, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The LA-based Wild Horses Improv Troupe performs with the Puterbaugh Sisters and Mother Knuckle, hosted by Mike Lebovitz, as part of The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival, a citywide festival produced by Brightest Young Things and curated by comedian Tig Notaro. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE ATRIUM
Featured Artist(s): The Puterbaugh Sisters Mother Knuckle Mike Lebovitz Wild Horses Improv Troupe
October 1, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The Cuban jazz pianist, one of Havana’s great young talents, blends traditional Cuban and jazz music with his trio.
Featured Artist(s): Harold López-Nussa
September 30, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Scenes from a new opera by Tony Small introduce western audiences to the music and culture of Oman through a seamless exchange of African and Arabic music genres.
Featured Artist(s): Tony Small
September 29, 2014 - Watch this Performance
The Santa Cruz-based band plays music based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, with references to salsa and cumbia, blending them playfully with funk and reggae beats.
Featured Artist(s): SambaDá
September 28, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Youth Speaks, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage, present an evening to celebrate the winners of the national spoken word competition designed to foster discussion among young people and adults about the challenges and opportunities students face as they strive to stay on the path to graduation. Hosted by D.C. hip-hop artist Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, the program will feature performances from each of the five winners, plus an appearance by DJ Questlove and Black Thought, NPR’s Glynn Washington, and Hill Harper. The RAISE Up project is part of American Graduate - Let's Make It Happen! - a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE CONCERT HALL
Featured Artist(s): Asheru ?uestlove Black Thought Youth Speaks
September 27, 2014 - Watch this Performance
Founded by award-winning hip-hop artist and U.S. State Department Global Ambassador Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Guerilla Arts Ink is a local arts organization dedicated to serving area youth with authentic arts and cultural programming and apprenticeship opportunities, led by a group of top-notch teaching artists across all genres and media. This performance is a showcase featuring the talents of a very special group of teaching artists who have dedicated their time and talents to make the world a better place.
Featured Artist(s): Asheru
The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts
accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission to its community and the nation.
Additional funding for the Millennium Stage is provided by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., Jaylee M. Mead†, The Meredith Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation,
Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A.J. Stolwijk, U.S. Department of Education, and the
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund.
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund - James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, Fannie Mae Foundation, James V. Kimsey, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.