The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

As the nation's center for the performing arts, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in and understand the arts. To fulfill that mission, the Center strives to commission, produce, and present performances reflecting the highest standards of excellence and diversity indicative of the world in which we live, and to make those performances accessible to the broadest possible audience through arts education. View more informatio on their Member Feature Page

 

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Winter Lottery

Events taking place in the Winter Lottery will be available for registration on December 3rd 

Banda Magda
Presented by: Kennedy Center

This award-winning band combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, sung in six languages for a globetrotting adventure. Banda Magda returns with a lively performance showcasing its new album Tigre, featuring Uruguayan candombe to Greek folklore to Brazilian samba beats. With plenty of audience participation and irresistible rhythms led by accordionist and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda will get everyone moving.
Date: 1/25/19
Time: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Foreign Language, History/Geography
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 150 per performance (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

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Orchestra Look-In at the Arc: NSO! Inside the Music 
Presented by: Kennedy Center

The NSO continues in the spirit of a series of Young People’s Concerts made popular by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall. Michael Butterman conducts this delightful performance that explores all of the pieces that come together to create an orchestra, and demonstrates that it can be accessible to everyone.The concert includes well-known works by Brahms, Copland, and Tchaikovsky, and introduces students to Jessie Montgomery, a living composer keeping the orchestra music alive and vibrant. The NSO along with Conductor Michael Butterman with NSO Assistant Principal 2nd Violinist Marissa Regni are joined onstage by an unexpected guest who is just as crazy about the orchestra as they are.

Excerpts from:
Glinka Overture from Ruslan and Ludmila
Copland Hoedown
Brahms Serenade No. 2, 2nd movement
Montgomery Starburst
Copland Fanfare
Tchaikovsky Scherzo from Symphony No. 4
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, 1st movement
Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, 3rd movement
Ginastera Malambo, from Estancia

Dates/Times: 
3/19/19 @10:15 
3/19/19 @ 11:45

3/20/19 @10:15
3/20/19 @ 11:45

Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: THEARC - 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
Discipline: Music/ Music Production; Humanities: Literary Arts
Curriculum Connections: Music; English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 500 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.) 

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Spring Lottery

Events taking place in the Spring Lottery will be open for registration on March 4th 

Chanticleer
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, the San Francisco based Grammy® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer has been is known for its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass. Known as “an orchestra of voices,” the group excels in original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, and a strong commitment to contemporary compositions. The winner of the 2010 Chorus America Education Outreach Award, Chanticleer’s education programs engage over 5,000 young people annually. At the Kennedy Center, students have the opportunity to engage with the group through a lecture concert.
Date: 4/2/19
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Curriculum Connections: Music
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 100 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

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Previous Lotteries 

American Revolution
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Can the history of the American Revolution be told in 21 square feet of space? Chicago’s award-winning THEATER UNSPEAKABLE returns to take on the challenge, telling a big story on an impossibly tiny stage! Using only 7 actors and their bodies, the show recreates the entire American fight for independence in 50 minutes. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, American Revolution displays the company’s signature imaginative physical theater.
Date: 10/9/18; 10/10/18; 10/11/18
Time: 12:30 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 50 per performance

Opera Look-In: La traviata
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Theater and music come together in this introduction to opera and La traviata, one of the world’s most beloved operas. Violetta is the life of every party, but she holds a secret: her poor health means she may not be long for this world. When she meets Alfredo, happily-ever-after finally seems within reach, but could it really be that simple? This story of love, sacrifice, and social class includes famously recognizable tunes. At this Look-In, students hear amazing performances; see demonstrations of behind-the-scenes technology, lighting, and stagecraft; and get a glimpse into the many careers available in stage performance, both onstage and behind the curtains. 
Date: 10/12/18
Time: 10:15 AM and 12:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location:  Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Music, Humanities: Literary Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Technology, History/Geography
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 300 seats for 10:15 performance; and 500 seats for 12:00 performance (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Orchestra Look-In at the Arc: NSO! Inside the Music (Fall Lottery)
Presented by: Kennedy Center

The NSO continues in the spirit of a series of Young People’s Concerts made popular by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall. Michael Butterman conducts this delightful performance that explores all of the pieces that come together to create an orchestra, and demonstrates that it can be accessible to everyone.The concert includes well-known works by Brahms, Copland, and Tchaikovsky, and introduces students to Jessie Montgomery, a living composer keeping the orchestra music alive and vibrant. The NSO along with Conductor Michael Butterman with NSO Assistant Principal 2nd Violinist Marissa Regni are joined onstage by an unexpected guest who is just as crazy about the orchestra as they are.

Excerpts from:
Glinka Overture from Ruslan and Ludmila
Copland Hoedown
Brahms Serenade No. 2, 2nd movement
Montgomery Starburst
Copland Fanfare
Tchaikovsky Scherzo from Symphony No. 4
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, 1st movement
Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, 3rd movement
Ginastera Malambo, from Estancia 

Date:10/19/18 
Time:
11:00 
Length of Event:
1 hour
Location: THEARC - 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
Discipline: Music/ Music Production; Humanities: Literary Arts
Curriculum Connections: Music; English/ Language Arts
Grades: 3rd - 6th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Lyrics From Lockdown
Presented by
: The Kennedy Center
Lyrics From Lockdown, executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte, weaves together the voices of more than 40 characters into a one-man tour de force. This groundbreaking multimedia production uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip-hop, theatre, spoken-word poetry, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell a provocative story exposing racial profiling and wrongful incarceration in a nation that imprisons more people than any other in the world.
Date: Friday October 19th
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 1.5 hours
Location: Kennedy Center, Terrace Theatre
Discipline: Theatre, Music
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, Civics/Law
Grades: 8th - 12th Grade
Ticket capacity 150 per date. 

Ragamala Dance Company
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Drawing from the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, the Ragamala Dance Company’s work provides a bridge between ancient and modern cultures. In Written in Water, one of the company’s newest productions, the childhood game Snakes & Ladders – a second-century Indian board game—sets the stage for the emotional journey that unfolds when people search for truth while desperately attempting to avoid human failing. With the Sufi poem “The Conference of Birds” as a framework, rich choreography is paired with original music by Iraqi American jazz artist Amir EsSaffar and Carnatic composer Prema Ramamurthy and performed live by ElSaffar and an ensemble. Projections by Chennai-based cartoonist Keshav and Minneapolis artist Nathan Christopher draw you even further into this mesmerizing world. 
Date: 11/2/18
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Dance
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 100 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.

The Human Beatbox
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Christylez Bacon, GRAMMY nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist combines rhyming, storytelling, and interactive call and response choruses with diverse instrumentation to deliver a message of cultural acceptance & unification blending traditional elements of musical styles from jazz to hip-hop.
Date: 11/14/18
Time: 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Music/ Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 100 for 10:30 performance; 150 for 12:00 performance. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me (Open Rehearsal)
Presented by: Kennedy Center

As the first Christmas nears, who among the animals can lead Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem? Fearsome Lion and graceful Unicorn are the top contenders—though it certainly won’t be Donkey, whose only humble gift is a small but sturdy back. But with the birth of a very special king on the horizon, Donkey soon discovers that miracles can happen anywhere! Based on the award-winning children’s book by Jeanette Winterson, this heartwarming production returns with whimsical costumes, music from a Tony®-award winning composer, and a talented cast featuring the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and the WNO Children’s Chorus
Date: 12/14/18
Time: 11:30 AM
Length of Event: 120 minutes (with intermission)
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre, Music
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 150 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Imani Winds    
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Formed in 1997, Imani Winds is a classical woodwind ensemble known for their high-energy performances and musical versatility. They focus on representing composers and cultures of diverse musical backgrounds in their repertoire. Get to know them and their unique style as they perform and explore the building blocks of music.
Date: 1/31/19
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Curriculum Connections: Music
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 100 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

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Camille Thurman: The Origin of the Blues
Presented by: Kennedy Center

What is the Blues? Saxophonist, vocalist, and composer Camille Thurman and her quartet present a fun session exploring the genre. Students can learn about the blues in terms of history and geography, the influence of society and culture, and presence in today’s music. Students will also get to hear Camille Thurman, whose vocal abilities have been compared to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter, and who has been equally lauded for her lush, rich, and warm sound on the tenor saxophone.
Date: 2/1/19
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Curriculum Connections: Music
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 35 per date

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shares “Ailey Magic” with students, giving insight into the history of the company and its founder Alvin Ailey. The company performs selections from its varied and inspiring repertoire, including their signature work, Revelations.
Date: 2/7/19
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Dance
Curriculum Connections:  History/Geography
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963
Presented by: Kennedy Center

Meet the Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, big brother Byron, and ten-year-old Kenny. When Byron can’t stay out of trouble, the whole family piles into their “Brown Bomber” and drives south to visit Grandma Sands for the summer. But along the way, they’ll experience a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS’s Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning book comes to life in a staged concert reading. Told through Kenny’s ever-witty perspective, The Watsons Go to Birmingham captures hilarious family antics alongside poignant observations of Birmingham’s tragic church bombing. Experience the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history.
Date: 3/18/19
Time: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, History/Geography
Grades: 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 400 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

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