Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required
This Celtic rock band from Ireland consists of the four Diver sisters who play their own melodic pop as well as traditional songs. Their blend of Irish roots with American influences has garnered them an Irish Music Award for Top Celtic Rock band.
| Screaming Orphans |
Chef Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve in Alexandria; multiple James Beard Award nominee) leads a cooking demonstration to showcase his commitment to complex, thoughtful dishes that combine his Irish roots and French training with American cuisine.
| Cathal Armstrong |
The Tossers (Chicago, IL)
Formed in 1993, the six-piece Celtic punk band from Chicago has been proudly spreading their Irish gospel across the globe, with no plans of slowing down. The Tossers’ five albums have shown their impressive command of song structure and instrumentation.
| The Tossers |
The Gothard Sisters (Seattle, WA)
These three siblings from the Pacific Northwest bring the exciting rhythms of Ireland to their live shows with dance, music, and storytelling. Their special brand of performance blends folk and classical with new arrangements for a distinct Celtic flair.
| The Gothard Sisters |
Danny Burns Band (Washington, DC)
Burns’s Irish blood has cultivated his passion for narrative songwriting, unique vocals, and soulful delivery on his debut CD, Off the Grid. Since age 17, he’s been honing his craft on the road, playing throughout the U.S. and on the European circuit.
| Danny Burns Band |
Matt & Shannon Heaton (Boston, MA)
An integral part of Boston’s vibrant Irish music and neo-Celtic acoustic scenes, this passionate husband-and-wife duo offers well-traveled Irish music from the heart with engaging stage presence, masterfully crafted songs, and sweet harmony singing.
| Matt and Shannon Heaton |
Veteran mainstays on the international Irish music scene, the trio (Liz Knowles, fiddle; Kieran O’Hare, uilleann pipes; Pat Broaders, bouzouki and vocals) showcases its signature sound of good friends playing great tunes together.
| Open the Door for Three |
Directed by local artist Erica Rebollar in collaboration with RebollarDance and John Moletress, 2077 is a performance of post-human ideas. Cyborgs dance futuristic prototypes before, during, and after an imagined apocalyptic transformation. With live sound by John Moletress and original composition by Jeffrey Dorfman and Charlie Campagna, Rebollar highlights both visceral and mechanical physicality.
| Rebollar Dance |
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
The Columbia Heights Educational Campus, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, is proud to present the Lincoln Middle School Band, CHEC String Orchestra, CHEC Concert Band, and the CHEC Jazz Band in an evening at the Millennium Stage. Performances will feature a wide diversity of styles within each ensemble as well as several outstanding soloists.
| Columbia Heights Educational Campus |
Enjoy an evening of comedy on the Millennium Stage with Brooks Wheelan. A self-proclaimed “chill dude from Iowa,” Wheelan attended University of Iowa and got a biomedical engineering degree before pursuing comedy. His first album, This Is Cool, Right?, debuted as the #1 comedy album on iTunes in January 2015 to rave reviews, with The A.V. Club describing it as absurd and honest, saying, “Wheelan is a considerable talent with a unique voice and perspective.” Comedian Max Rosenblum will open the show. This program contains mature themes and strong language. It will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
| Brooks Wheelan |
The Savannah Harris Trio, featuring drummer Savannah Harris, a recent graduate of Howard University, performs as part of the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Harris returns following her featured turn in the Revive Music’s Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown concert at the Kennedy Center Crossroads Club last October. The Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival is an annual event, which highlights the legacy of jazz bandleader, pianist, arranger, composer, and educator Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981).
| Savannah Harris Trio |
Canadian-born, international jazz performing artist and Kennedy Center favorite Ingrid Jensen (jazz trumpet and flugelhorn) performs with her jazz ensemble as part of the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, an annual event highlighting the legacy of jazz bandleader, pianist, arranger, composer, and educator Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981).
| Ingrid Jensen |
100 Years of Classical Croatian Music
This concert includes works by celebrated Croatian composers Bruno Bjelinski, Boris Papandopulo, Marko Ruždjak, and Marko Tajcevic, as well as premieres by emerging composers Tomislav Oliver and Lana Janjanin. Performers include cellist Dorotea Racz (Croatia), pianists Javor Bracic (Croatia) and Dmitry Samogray (U.S.A.), flutist Ginevra Petrucci (Italy), clarinettist Gleb Kanasevich (Belarus), violinist Lydia Chernikoff (U.S.A.), and guitarist Yisak Lee (Korea). Part of the Fourth Annual European Month of Culture. Presented in collaboration with Audeamus International Music Festival and the Embassy of Croatia.
DC Youth Orchestra
Students of the DC Youth Orchestra’s chamber music program join forces with DC Youth Orchestra’s Children’s Orchestra and Washington Performing Arts’ Capitol Strings Students for a collaboration that features musicians of all ages performing works by Telemann, Mozart, and Haydn. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
| DC Youth Orchestra |
The award-winning Woodrow Wilson High School Vocal Music Program, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, comes to the Millennium Stage. Join the school’s Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and The Wilson Singers as they perform a varied repertoire of music under the direction of Lori Williams.
| The Woodrow Wilson High School Vocal Music Program |
McLean Youth Orchestra
The McLean Youth Orchestra (MYO) presents a concert version of Mozart’s dramatic opera, Don Giovanni. John Devlin will conduct the honor-level MYO, who will be joined by soloists Mandy Brown (Anna), Elizabeth Mondragon (Elvira), Jeffrey Gates (Don Giovanni and Leporello), and Patrick Kilbride (Ottavio). The performance will also feature original narration by the acclaimed dramaturg Robin Phillips.
| McLean Youth Orchestra |
Target Family Night: Arts on the Horizon presents Blossom's Rainbow
Target Family Night: Arts on the Horizon presents Blossom’s Rainbow, a nonverbal theater piece celebrating Japanese culture and specifically designed for children ages 2–5. Infused with whimsical dance, vibrant colors, and dynamic live music, follow Blossom on her journey from the red mountains down to the indigo city after a painter’s brush sets the young cherry blossom’s world into motion.
This show is not available for viewing
| Arts on the Horizon |
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 Bernstein Family Foundation, The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., 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, the Kimsey Endowment, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.
Kennedy center and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.