Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required
James A. Johnson Young Artist Series: The Yale Whiffenpoofs come to the Millennium Stage for an evening of a cappella music. Founded in 1909, the ‘Whiffs” began as a quartet of Yale seniors. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions and is the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. This performance is part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target.
| Yale Whiffenpoofs |
School Without Walls
School Without Walls, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, presents a musical evening featuring their eight-piece Stage Band and Concert Choir. The band will present a variety of contemporary popular music from the 1950s to the present day, while the choir, comprised of 25 students, will perform standard concert music. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
| School Without Walls Stage Band | School Without Walls Senior High School Concert Choir |
Exciting and ground-breaking musical duo Tarana—featuring Rick Parker (trombone/synth) and Ravish Momin (drums/electronics)—present an evening of music that blurs the boundaries between the electronic and the acoustic. Drawing on a vast array of influences ranging from Jazz to Bollywood and utilizing digital and analog electronics, the duo layers live loops, harmonies, textures, and lush ambience on top of tight-knit acoustic instruments to create a symphonic sound that explores rhythms from across the world.
| Tarana |
For International Jazz Day, Offlines Project feat. Yinon Muallem & Guy Mintus presents a border-defying duet that marries influences from Turkish makam to Indian rhythms, Jewish melodies, and originals treated through the lens of jazz improvisation.
The Millennium Stage presents a special preview of Funk Parade, the D.C. day fair, music festival, and parade which will take place on May 7 along the U Street corridor. The parade celebrates the city’s vibrant cultural past, as well as showcases the current artistic community.
| Funk Parade |
Saxophone quartet 4Saxess, presented on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence and to commemorate International Jazz Day, performs a night of classical music as well as genres such as ethno, jazz, and crossover. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Slovenia.
| 4SAXESS |
Sammy Miller and the Congregation
Sammy Miller and the Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people. Playing joyful jazz—music that feels good—the band shares the power of community through music in a style that entertains, enriches, and most of all uplifts.
| Sammy Miller and the Congregation |
Target Family Night: Funk Parade
Target Family Night: Funk Parade comes to the Kennedy Center in a special preview of the one-of-a-kind parade, street fair, and music festival. Funk Parade seeks to bring people together and make them feel all right through music, dance, and the visual arts. Funk Parade celebrates U Street, D.C., and the spirit of funk on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
| Funk Parade |
Dancer and choreographer Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, in collaboration with Meredith Bove, Matthew Cumbie, and Sarah Beth Oppenheim, presents Alongside, a rousing evening of contemporary dance that will spark and transport. Also featured are members of the Wake Forest University Dance Company, and the haunting tunes of electric violinist David Schulman.
| Jessie Laurita-Spanglet |
The Washington Ballet at THEARC
Students from The Washington Ballet at THEARC present an evening of vibrant and visual dance. The program at TWB’s satellite campus in Southeast D.C. provides intensive and community-oriented ballet training for youth, ages 4–18, with programs that run throughout the calendar year with classes in the evenings and on weekends.
| The Washington Ballet |
From Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, Esma Redzepova sings in more than 10 languages and earned the title “Queen of Romani Songs” at the 1976 World Festival of Romani Music in India. Presented in collaboration with Voice of Roma and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance as part of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center’s Homegrown: The Music of America series.
| Esma Redzepova |
Marriotts Ridge High School String Orchestra and Woodbridge Senior High School's Viketones
Marriotts Ridge High School String Orchestra of Howard County, MD and Woodbridge Senior High School’s Viketones of Prince William County, VA perform as part of Music in Our Schools Month.
Gunston Middle School Jazz Band from Arlington, VA and West Springfield High School Jazz Guitar Combo of Fairfax County, VA perform as part of Music in Our Schools Month.
Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri
Created in 1820 the band of the Carabinieri, the national military police of Italy, has been playing in military parades and concert halls worldwide. Their splendid uniforms and the formal precision of their musical performances will bring to life traditional marches and classical music. The concert is part of the “Protecting our Heritage” series of events organized by the Washington cluster of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC). In partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., it will be dedicated to those who risk their lives to preserve the Cultural Heritage of Humanity for future generations. With the support of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Banca Intesa Sanpaolo. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
| Carabinieri Band |
A survey of short animated films from the 1920s, with a soundtrack composed and performed live by Chicago electric violist and DJ Dominic Johnson. Film history buffs, dance music enthusiasts, as well as practitioners of video art, VJs, Motion Graphics, or Generative Art can draw inspiration from the Bauhaus and their contemporaries. Artist selected by Composer-In-Residence Mason Bates.
| Dominic Johnson |
NSO Youth Fellows
Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship training program—horn player Susannah Greenslit, violinist Amelia Bailey, and cellists Isabella Lorenzo-Giguere, Joha Kim, and Joshua Choi—perform solos on the Millennium Stage.
| NSO Youth Fellows |
As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group, one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan, presents nearly 30 drummers and dancers in a performance where thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance.
| Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe |
Through spoken word, dance, and visual imagery, an ensemble of performers delivers a series of letters from a single father to his unborn son, documenting the range of his emotions, fears, and expectations. Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh, directed by Psalmayene 24, critically, lyrically, and choreographically examines masculinity and responsibility within the constructs of hip-hop culture. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
| Theater Alliance |
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 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, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.