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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Reggie Melbrough

Reggie Melbrough is a standout stand-up comedian based in Washington, DC. Named one of the four comics to watch by The Washington Post and one of the best local standup comics in the city by CBS DC, Reggie’s dynamic and snarky take on the world as he knows it is taking him places. IN THE FAMILY THEATER

Featured Artist(s)

Reggie Melbrough

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Washington National Opera 2015–2016 Season Preview

Members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other special guests perform songs to preview the upcoming season.

Featured Artist(s)

Washington National Opera
Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Vocal Arts D.C. presents Colleen Daly and Julia Dawson

The first and second prize winners of Vocal Arts DC’s Art Song Discovery Competition offer a varied program to serve as an introduction to the endless richness of the classical song literature.

Featured Artist(s)

Vocal Arts DC
Colleen Daly
Julia Dawson

Monday, May 18, 2015
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble

Led by the orchestra’s ensemble-in-residence, the Ensemble da Camera of Washington, the group performs its closing program of the season.

Featured Artist(s)

The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble Program

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Levine Music Honors Students

Instrumentalists from the community music school, where children and adults find lifelong inspiration through music, perform a varied program.

Featured Artist(s)

The Levine School of Music

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Shacara Rogers

The vocalist, a Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and Howard University alumna, performs in her Kennedy Center debut as a headlining artist. Part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s)

Shacara Rogers

Friday, May 15, 2015
Camille Thurman

The jazz saxophonist/vocalist/composer and runner-up for the 2014 International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition performs with her quartet. Part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s)

Camille Thurman

Thursday, May 14, 2015
NSO Youth Fellows

Graduating seniors from the NSO training program perform solos: percussionist Alex Arshadi, euphonium player Kevin Joel Broom Jr., cellist Didi Park, French horn player Nathaniel Silberschlag, and violinist Abigail Tucker.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Youth Fellows

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
NSO Youth Fellows

Participants in the NSO training program play Persichetti’s Serenade for flute and harp and Ewald’s brass quintet.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Youth Fellows

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
NSO Youth Fellows

Participants in the NSO training program play Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Youth Fellows

Monday, May 11, 2015
Christie Dashiell

The D.C.-born jazz vocalist showcases her contemporary and soulful flair. She is a Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead alum, has appeared on NBC’s The Sing-Off, and has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Smokey Robinson, and others.

Featured Artist(s)

Christie Dashiell

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Harlem Nights/U Street Lights: A Collaborative Presentation of The Apollo and the Kennedy Center

With dual pianos onstage, all-star pianists Jason Moran, Marc Cary (Music Director), Bertha Hope, and Gerald Clayton connect the dots between jazz luminaries with histories in both New York and D.C., including late greats Duke Ellington and Dr. Billy Taylor. In addition, vocalists Queen Esther and Brianna Thomas perform with Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue (directed by Connaitre Miller), mining the rich, related vocal history of the New York and Washington, DC jazz scenes. The evening continues with a ticketed show in The Crossroads Club featuring Jason Moran, Marc Cary, and many others.


Featured Artist(s)

Afro Blue
Queen Esther
Brianna Thomas

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Curtis Harding

The Georgia-based singer makes his Kennedy Center debut with music inspired by the old soul of yesterday.

Featured Artist(s)

Curtis Harding

Friday, May 8, 2015
Washington National Opera Preview: Cinderella

Members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program perform selections from the upcoming production of Rossini’s Cinderella with Ken Weiss as host.

Featured Artist(s)

Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
Washington National Opera

Thursday, May 7, 2015
School Without Walls Stage Band and Senior High School Concert Choir

Students share the stage for an evening of instrumental and vocal performances. Both groups have performed at venues and in events around D.C.

Featured Artist(s)

School Without Walls Senior High School Concert Choir
School Without Walls Stage Band

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
D.C. Youth Orchestra

The orchestra has fostered musical development and changed lives of more than 50,000 D.C. youths for more than 50 years and was the first youth orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

Featured Artist(s)

DC Youth Orchestra

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Dr. Mira Yang and the Asian American Music Society

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with the group’s program entitled Asian, Spiritual, and Zarzuela Songs featuring Society president Dr. Yang, who is on the voice faculty at George Mason University and an adjunct at American University.

Featured Artist(s)

Asian American Music Society
Mira Yang

Monday, May 4, 2015
Duke Ellington Jazz Presents Reignite: Fanning The Flames

The Jazz Orchestra and The Mellow Tones, two student groups, present Reignite: Fanning the Flames, featuring music of Ellington, Strayhorn, Holiday, and Gaye.

Featured Artist(s)

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Target Family Night: CaribeNostrum

The Cuban quintet, formed by musicians of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, presents a repertoire of recognized Latin American works with classical arrangements. The program combines the virtuosic elements of classical music, jazz, and American folk tunes.

Featured Artist(s)

CaribeNostrum

Saturday, May 2, 2015
NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play chamber works by Poulenc and Schumann.

Featured Artist(s)

NSO Prelude

Friday, May 1, 2015
H2O in Concert

The Paraguayan ensemble performs with instruments made from recycled materials related to water—such as bottles, hoses, pipes, faucets, and funnels—in this unique show promoting environmental awareness.

Featured Artist(s)

H20 Ensemble

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Rebellum—Selections from Brer Rabbit: The Opera ~ A Funky Meditation on Gentrification & Other Fey, Lovely, and Krunk Songs

Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, performance artist Aisha Cousins and director Letitia Guillory's collaboration this past January led to two BRIC Studio/Brooklyn, NY sold-out performances of Brer Rabbit: The Opera - A Funky Meditation on Gentrification. Rebellum, Burnt Sugar Arkestra's avant funk & roll splinter cell, performs music from Brer Rabbit along with new Burnt Sugar Arkestra selections from their yet-to-be-released DVD, Black from the Abyss.


Featured Artist(s)

Rebellum

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Maris Briežkalns Quintet plays Rothko in Jazz

The Latvian quintet performs works inspired by the great artwork of Mark Rothko with a unique audiovisual project. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Latvia.

Featured Artist(s)

Maris Briezkalns Quintet

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir & The Luther Jackson Concert Choir

The talented local high school choirs from Maryland and Virginia present a joint program of classical works and contemporary favorites, including works by Mozart, and will perform in various languages. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

Featured Artist(s)

The Luther Jackson Concert Choir
Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir

Monday, April 27, 2015
The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”

The group, part of the arts promotion program carried out by the Polígono Industrial Don Bosco in San Salvador which supports at-risk youth, makes its U.S. debut. 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)

The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”

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