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Shenzhen Pop Music Show

This concert features the band Jam You from Shenzhen City; female singers Tsinger from Inner Mongolia and Majia Jiado from Yunnan Province; male singer Ray M from Shaanxi; and the rappers Too Phat from Guizhou Province.

Featured Artist(s)
| Majia Jiado | Jam You | Ray M | Too Phat | Tsinger |

Jamie McLean Band

The Brooklyn-based Jamie McLean Band presents its electric mix of original rock, blues, country, and soul music. The trio has toured with the likes of Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Tedeschi/Trucks Band, and Blues Traveler. The band features Brian Griffin (drums and vocals), Ben Mars (bass and vocals), and Jamie McLean (guitar and vocals).

Featured Artist(s)
| Jamie McLean Band |

Daniela Schächter

The Daniela Schächter Quartet presents A New Journey, featuring a selection of original works by Schächter. The quartet is formed by Mike Tucker (tenor saxophone), Jeff Reed (acoustic bass), Billy Williams (drums), and Daniela Schächter (piano and vocals). Schächter is a 2002 alumnus of the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program.

Featured Artist(s)
| Daniela Schächter |

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir presents A Spiritual Experience, a set of choreographed gospel pieces that will drive the beat of your heart and inspire the soul. The Show Choir is directed by Dr. Monique Holmes.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Duke Ellington School of the Arts |

NSO Youth Fellows

The NSO Youth Fellows offer a recital of chamber music and solos, featuring Beethoven’s Wind Quintet in E-flat Major, among other works.

Featured Artist(s)
| NSO Youth Fellows |

New Year Resolutions with Joy of Motion: Jazz Dance with Jocelyn Issac

Join us for a contemporary jazz dance class with instructor Jocelyn Issac. The hottest and smoothest moves in jazz are taught to the expressive lyrics of today’s music.

Featured Artist(s)
| Joy of Motion Dance Company |

National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform chamber works, including Doppler’s Souvenir du Rigi, Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Horn, Bach’s Four Two-Bit Contraptions, Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, and Wilson’s Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers. The program features flutist Julianna Nickel; horn player James Nickel; and pianist Sophie Kim Cook.

Featured Artist(s)
| NSO Prelude |

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Cameron Esposito

Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Cameron Esposito

Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito is a fast-rising Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor, and writer who appears regularly on late night TV and in comedy festivals across the country. Her sophomore album, SAME SEX SYMBOL, was released in fall 2014, debuting at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Her first book is forthcoming from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing. Rhea Butcher opens. 

This program contains mature themes and strong language. 

Note: this program 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.

This show is not available for viewing

Featured Artist(s)
| Cameron Esposito |

National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows

The NSO Youth Fellows offer a recital of chamber music, featuring works by Schubert and Beethoven, among others.

Featured Artist(s)
| NSO Youth Fellows |

National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows

The NSO Youth Fellows offer a recital of chamber music, featuring works by Cheetham, Borodin, Beethoven, and Rossini, among others.

Featured Artist(s)
| NSO Youth Fellows |

Steven Lutvak

We welcome back Steven Lutvak, composer and co-lyricist of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, running January 13-30, 2016 in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Come hear the songs and repartee of the man whom the New York Times called, “an upper-middlebrow Billy Joel crossed with a lower-highbrow Tom Lehrer with a pinch of Debussy.”

Featured Artist(s)
| Steven Lutvak |

Jonny Grave

Jonny Grave is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, bandleader, teacher, musical historian, and Bluesman from Washington DC.

Featured Artist(s)
| Jonny Grave |

The Dhol Foundation

Led by the UK’s most celebrated player of the Punjabi dhol drum, Johnny Kalsi, The Dhol Foundation performs energetic arrangements of dhols, bass, drums, guitar, and dholak. It can also include bhangra dancers and guest singers powering out a sound that is as eclectic as it is forceful. They have been featured on Hollywood film soundtracks, performed at the Royal Variety Performance in 2011, and helped to close the London 2012 Olympics with a live performance before their biggest-ever crowd.

Featured Artist(s)
| Dhol Foundation |

James A. Johnson Young Artist Series: Jazzmeia Horn

The winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn, performs on the Millennium Stage with her band Artistry of Jazz Horn, as part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target. Originally from Dallas, the jazz vocalist and band leader has a name that speaks for itself. In 2013, she was named winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Featured Artist(s)
| Jazzmeia Horn |

The Battle of Santiago

Toronto-based, Afro-Cuban Post-Rock instrumental band, The Battle of Santiago, features a rotating lineup of musicians. The band has earned a reputation as a dynamic and exhilarating live performance group.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Battle of Santiago |

Let Freedom Ring! a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., with Yolanda Adams

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host Let Freedom Ring!, a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, featuring a special performance with Yolanda Adams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Georgetown University will also award the 13th annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award during the event. Free reserved seating tickets are required and will be given away two (2) per person in line on Monday, January 18 at the entrance to the Hall of Nations beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Featured Artist(s)
| Yolanda Adams |


The Brazilian experimental band Cabruêra debuts on the Millennium Stage. An innovative force behind the traditional local music from northern Brazil, the group mixes Afro-Brazilian rhythms, electric funk, folk rock, and Middle Eastern sounds. 

Featured Artist(s)
| Cabruêra |

The Apollo Orchestra

The Apollo Orchestra, led by Maestro Stephen Czarkowski, performs with Croatian virtuoso classical guitarist Ana Vidovic in a program that includes Asturias for solo guitar by Isaac Albéniz; Symphony No. 1 in one movement by Samuel Barber; Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo, his best known work; and Alborada del gracioso, a movement from Maurice Ravel's suite Miroirs.

Featured Artist(s)
| Apollo Orchestra |


The Ukrainian world music quartet DakhaBrakha returns to the Millennium Stage, bringing its transnational sound and theatrical flair. The quartet is accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian traditional instruments.

Featured Artist(s)
| DakhaBrakha |

Players Ella & Louie Tribute Band

Players Ella & Louie Tribute Band revives the timeless era of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in a vibrant and compelling performance that features memorable songs, such as “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “ Autumn in New York,” “I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket,”  “Stomping at the Savoy,” and many more.

Featured Artist(s)
| The Ella and Louis Tribute Band |


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