IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture :
Kick off the fun with our star-studded opening performance!
Festival Opening Performance (May 17)
Special offer: $25 orchestra seats!* In celebration of the festival’s opening, this performance directed and hosted by Artist-in-Residence Fiona Shaw and features dancer Colin Dunne, soprano Tara Erraught, tenor Anthony Kearns, fiddler Liz Knowles, actor Louis Lovett, pianist Barry Douglas, a trio of Uilleann pipers from Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), and sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird along with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of leading Irish conductor David Brophy.
Opening Performance :
Artist-in-Residence Fiona Shaw offers two inspired evenings!
Imagining a Future—Shakespeare: A Conversation with Fiona Shaw :
Fiona Shaw leads an exciting conversation about the Bard’s works and global legacy featuring choreographer Elizabeth Streb, Hip Hop artists the Q Brothers, and a trio of musicians from the Folger Consort.
Fiona Shaw: Blowing the Heart Open :
Join Shaw for an intimate evening of performance showcasing the texts of W.B. Yeats and Emily Dickinson with guest musician Liz Knowles.
Enjoy food, drink, and free performances outside!
Outdoor Green Space :
(May 17–June 5)
The North Plaza transforms into an outdoor green space for picnicking, performances, food, drinks, workshops, and more. Activities and all performances in this area are free and open to the public. In addition to a concession stand, the green space features food trucks with Guinness beer, fish ‘n’ chips, and grilled bangers available for purchase. Bring your own picnic, invite your friends, and enjoy live shows by dozens of local musicians and dancers. Check out the full schedule. :
The Ring Cycle :
Tickets for each opera are still available! Washington National Opera brings Wagner’s extraordinary four-opera saga of gods and men, giants and dwarves to D.C. for three complete cycles. Conceived and directed by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and conducted by Music Director Philippe Auguin, the production brings together a world-class cast and draws provocative parallels between Wagner’s fantastical drama and civilization’s corruption of nature. Watch one of our latest Ring webisodes. :
Now thru May 22 | Opera House
May with the NSO :
Beginning tomorrow in the Concert Hall, Andrew Litton returns to conduct an all-Russian program featuring the NSO debut of violinist Vadim Gluzman (at left) in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (May 5–7). Then, later this month, Alban Gerhardt plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto on a program also featuring original works by guest conductor Sir James MacMillan (May 12–14). Finally, R&B icons Boyz II Men bring their smooth harmonies and award-winning No. 1 hits to new heights with the NSO Pops.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto :
Elgar’s Cello Concerto
Boyz II Men :
Paul Taylor Dance Company :
The acclaimed company returns with two all-Taylor programs featuring six masterworks in all. Over his six decades as a world-renowned choreographer, Paul Taylor has covered an amazingly wide palette: from the warmly human to the terrifyingly grotesque to everything in between.
May 25–28 | Eisenhower Theater
Royal Swedish Ballet: Juliet and Romeo :
One of the world’s oldest ballet companies returns with the North American premiere of Mats Ek’s visionary take on Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy—a work brimming with modern twists, and winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
June 1–4 | Opera HouseRoyal Swedish Ballet: :
It’s Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy®- and Tony®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this Tony®-winning musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
June 14–July 10 | Opera House
Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour: The Merchant of Venice :
Starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, one of the most memorable outsiders in all of theater, this new production of Shakespeare’s play dramatizes competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy.
July 27–30 | Eisenhower Theater
2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala: How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye : http://www.kennedy-center.org/rd/?rid=100417&pid=3436564&sid=227264
New seats just released! In one of D.C.’s most exciting cultural events of the year—hosted this season by Whoopi Goldberg and starring Michael Bublé—the Kennedy Center pays tribute to America’s immortal Motown hit-maker, the late singer Marvin Gaye. The concert also features Andra Day, Ledisi, Valerie Simpson, Jussie Smollett, and Mary Wilson—you’ll want to get your tickets today to guarantee your seats!
June 5 at 8 p.m. | Concert Hall
The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America :
Come celebrate the greatest country in the universe: America™! This Kennedy Center co-commission offers a look at how freedom was born and what it’s doing now that it’s all grown up. It’s sure to be revolutionary.
June 19–July 31 | Theater Lab
Celebrating Joan: A Tribute to Joan Rivers :
The opening night of the Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival features a celebration of the entertainment icon and trailblazer hosted by her daughter—TV host, producer, and New York Times best-selling author Melissa Rivers. Featured presenters and performers will include Louie Anderson, Rachel Bloom, Dick Cavett, Margaret Cho, Billy Eichner, Meghan McCain, Kelly Osbourne, Aubrey Plaza, and Bob Saget, with special video tributes by Howard Stern, Lily Tomlin, John Waters, and more to be announced.
June 22 | Concert Hall
Best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions, including President Barack Obama, Ben Carson, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith, and Kanye West, the Saturday Night Live cast member headlines an evening of comedy as part of the District of Comedy festival.
June 24 | Eisenhower Theater
The Goddamn Comedy Jam :
The intersection of comedy stardom and rock ‘n’ roll dreams, The Goddamn Comedy Jam features comedians performing a stand-up sets and short stories, followed by a song of their choosing with accompaniment by a live band.
June 24 | Atrium
Free performances on the Millennium Stage every day at 6 p.m.! : http://www.kennedy-center.org/rd/?rid=100422&pid=3436564&sid=227264
Featured performance on May 6:
Asheru : http://www.kennedy-center.org/rd/?rid=100423&pid=3436564&sid=227264
Asheru is a hip hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He has won a Peabody Award, released several singles and collaborations with international producers, and is famously known for writing the opening theme song of the popular TV series, The Boondocks.
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*$25 offer valid on select orchestra sections for the IRELAND 100 Opening Night Performance on 5/17 at 8 p.m. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Service fees may apply.