Wednesday, June 10, 2020

KC Spotlight: Ben Folds and the NSO are coming to your living room!


June 19

Join Artistic Advisor Ben Folds and your National Symphony Orchestra next Friday for a digital DECLASSIFIED® concert! We'll be sharing some never-before-seen performance clips along with some of Ben's favorites from past concerts.

Black lives matter. 
Black voices matter. 
Black culture matters. 
Black stories matter.

We pledge that more of them will be heard on the stages of the nation’s cultural center, as we continue in our ongoing effort to reflect the entire nation through the performing arts and within our organization.

We know we can do better—through the art we present on our stages and by ensuring that the Center is always a home for critical conversations about race and discrimination. We are preparing strategies to be in greater service of Black artists, audiences, and communities. We will be sharing those initiatives in the coming weeks and hold ourselves accountable to all of you.  

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for #BlackCultureMatters, a content series centering Black voices in the arts and affirming that Black lives matter.

Join us on the couch!

Have you tuned in to one of our Couch Concerts yet? Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4 p.m. ET join us for a LIVE streaming performance, direct from artists' living rooms to yours! 

Up Next

Ensemble Volcanic Ash and Ami Dang

Today at 4 p.m. ET

Hope and Resilience featuring Sihasin and Taína Asili 

June 12 at 4 p.m. ET


LIVE performances by members of the National Symphony Orchestra

Tune-in every Sunday on Facebook and YouTube

Missed Sunday's livestream? Stream it on demand anytime! This week's performance featured NSO Principal Harp Adriana Horne and NSO Principal Bassoon Sue Heineman performing works by Bach, Hailstork, Renié and more! Hosted by Marissa Regni, NSO Principal Second Violin.

Music, health, and the brain

Music and the Mind Live with Renée Fleming

Music and Mind Live with Renée Fleming

Watch Tuesdays at 5 p.m. ET

This online series of webinars features the acclaimed singer and National Medal of Arts honoree in conversation with scientists and practitioners working at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare. Experts in fields such as childhood development, healthy aging, pain and anxiety management, and rehabilitation share their findings, and episodes include live Q&A from viewers.

Up Next | June 16

Using Music for Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 with Wendy Magee, PhD (Temple University) and Tom Sweitzer, MMT, MT-BC (A Place to Be.)

An American Pageant of the Arts

Did you miss our broadcast of the 1962 An American Pageant of the Arts

Last month we released the full program from our archives along with other videos celebrating the legacy of President Kennedy in honor of his 103rd birthday. This broadcast, filled with a star-studded roster, occurred to raise money for the founding of what would eventually become The Kennedy Center. Watch the full program or explore clips on our website!

MyTix connects you to the arts


If you're between the ages of 18 and 30, and elementary through undergraduate student, or active duty member of the armed forces, our MyTix program is for you! When performances are on going MyTix members receive deeply discounted tickets to performances across all genres, along with exclusive artist meet-and-greet events, happy hours, and more! 

While we're away from the theater MyTix members receive daily curated recommendations of digital performances though the MyTix Facebook group and bi-weekly recommendations to their inboxes. Join today!

Help Inspire Others

The Kennedy Center may be closed, but our arts and education programs are still alive! Make a special gift to help support the Center during this unprecedented time.

Our Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is June 21—get the perfect gift for dad from our online gift shop!

Music Loving Dad

Books, CDs, games and apparel to add to your dad's music passion.

The History Buff

From books to home goods, dad will love all things JFK, Hamilton, and more!

Always Traveling

Our 3-piece backpack, journal, and luggage tag gift set are perfect for the dad with a travel bug.

Rock and Roll It Portable Keyboard

Game On, Play On

For the dad who loves a challenge we have puzzles galore, plus musical toys!

Washington DC Civitas Necktie

Dad Has Style

No dad outfit is complete without a fun tie and a baseball cap.

Wit, Whimsy, & Fun

If dad thinks he has jokes, match his jokes with something fun and funky!

Mo Willems celebrates Beethoven at 250!

Mo Willems Beethoven Tie

In honor of Beethoven's 250th birthday, Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems has designed a line of fun belts, ties, scarves, and more to mark the occasion! 

Mo Willems Beethoven Belt

Get FREE shipping on all orders $50+*

*US domestic orders only


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