THE KENNEDY CENTER CALENDAR OF EVENTS: DECEMBER 2017

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THE KENNEDY CENTER

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: DECEMBER 2017

All events subject to change without notice.

Free performances are held each evening at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017

11:30 a.m. Concert Hall

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor Yuja Wang, piano

BRITTEN Matinees musicales after Rossini PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 5 RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

Schedule: Thurs., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Sat., Dec 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$94

8 p.m. Concert Hall

In Conversation With Samantha Bee A Moderated Q&A The late-night host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee brings her trademark satirical commentary to her Kennedy Center debut performance

Tickets: $49-$89

8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play Prolific and highly acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown makes her Kennedy Center debut with two full-evening works performed on separate nights: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and ink. Both performed to original live music, these two fascinating productions celebrate diversity, community, history, and finding oneself through daring dance.

Tickets: $19- $59

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017

11:00 a.m.,* 1:30 & 5:00 p.m. Family Theater

Me … Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall In this brand new musical adaption, join a young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. Ages 6+

*sensory-friendly performance

Schedule: Sat., Dec. 2 at 11:00 a.m. (SF), 1:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $20

2:00 p.m. Terrace Theater

Washington Performing Arts presents: Nathan Lee, piano Fifteen-year-old pianist Nathan Lee’s young age belies a musical insight well beyond his years and a remarkable talent for nailing the stylistic nuances of varying composters. Having won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions­ where he also picked up 14 performances prizes- Lee has shared the stage with the like of Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang.

Tickets: Sold out

8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: ink

Prolific and highly acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown makes her Kennedy Center debut with two full-evening works performed on separate nights: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and ink. Both performed to original live music, these two fascinating productions celebrate diversity, community, history, and finding oneself through daring dance.

Tickets: $19-$59

8 p.m. Concert Hall

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

(See December 1)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

Washington Performing Arts presents Master Class: Denyce Graves

World-renowned soprano Denyce Graves is no stranger to her hometown audiences, having recently performed as part of Washington National Opera’s Champion in Spring 2017. This winter, the 2017 recipient of Washington Performing Arts’ 2017 Ambassador of the Arts Award shares her gifts with her next generation of vocal proteges in a public master class.

Tickets: $40

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017

7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

Vocal Arts DC presents: Andrei Bondarenko, baritone, with Gary Matthewman, piano

Vocal Arts DC presents young Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko in his Washington solo recital debut in collaboration with pianist Gary Matthewman.

Tickets: $50

8 p.m. Concert Hall

Alfred Street Baptist Church presents: How Great Our Joy: A Christmas Celebration

The Music and Worship Arts Ministry of Alfred Street Baptist Church returns to the Concert Hall with How Great Our Joy, a dynamic presentation of the Christmas story told through music, dance, and drama.

Tickets: $20-$55

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

Experience Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Caro/ like never before with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Schedule: Tues., Dec. 5- Sun., Dec. 31 at 8p.m. (unless otherwise indicated)

Tickets: $49-$75

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017

7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Cantus

This “intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich(Minneapolis Star Tribune) eight-member men’s vocal ensemble is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances. Join the group for an exciting Christmas program.

Tickets: $45

8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

U.S. premiere! Ingmar Bergman’s wife and muse, celebrated director Liv Ullmann, expands Bergman’s 1996 film into a stage adaption of poignant, nonlinear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within. Schedule: Wed. , Dec. 6-Sat., Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $19-$49

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017

  1. p.m. Concert Hall

Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military:

A Holiday Pops! Featuring Megan Hilty

The National Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore , is proud to present a free concert in honor of all service members and their families to celebrate the holiday season.

Tickets: FREE, with valid military ID

7:30 p.m. Opera House

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances

This season we celebrate the culmination of our own ballet company, led by the beloved muse of choreographer George Balanchine. Throughout her career as a dancer, Suzanne Farrell created and redefined many of the great roles of the Balanchine canon. The farewell program is a pageant of favorites, all handpicked for their special meaning to Ms. Farrell.

Schedule: Thur., Dec. 7-Sat., Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: $29-$89

  1. p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

(See December 6)

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017

  1. p.m. Atrium

In the Beginning Dance Party: Holiday Jam and Silent Disco Join the Kennedy Center for this holiday jam and silent disco edition featuring iconic DJs.

Tickets: FREE

7:30 p.m. Opera House

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances

(See December 7)

7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox: Ear I Eye

The intersection of music and imagery will be explored in this multimedia performance, from the beautiful textures of Timo Andres s response to pen-and ink abstractions to Anna Clynes industrial response to a film about the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge. A featured work by Marcos Balter pairs startling musical sonorities with Italian design imagery of the 1970s, and the evening also includes Jacob Cooper’s moody Ripple the Sky, a piece inspired by the mental illness of Robert Schumann.

Tickets: $25

  1. p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

(See December 6)

8 p.m. Concert Hall

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Featuring Megan Hilty

Dash through the snow to our merrily adorned Concert Hall and warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics an sing­ along carols in this annual NSO tradition, joined this year by Tony­ nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty.

Schedule: Fri., Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets: $24-$99

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Grand Foyer

Sound Health: Second Saturdays, Step Afrika!

Join the talented members of Step Afrika! as they bring the energy and excitement of stepping to the Kennedy Center! Through a 35- minute program combining reading, exercise and creative movement, Step Afrika! Reads encourages young children of all cultural and economic backgrounds to be active and emphasizes the importance of parents reading to their children on a daily basis. Most enjoyed by ages 4 through 8.

Tickets: FREE

10:15 a.m. Grand Foyer

Sound Health: Community Yoga

Join us Saturday mornings for a FREE all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer-part of the Kennedy Centers Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio will lead each session.

Tickets: FREE

11 a.m., 1:30 & 5:00 p.m. Family Theater

Me … Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

(See December 2)

1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Opera House

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances

(See December 7)

  1. & 8 p.m. Concert Hall

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Featuring Megan Hilty

(see December 8)

  1. & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

4:00 p.m. Terrace Gallery

Ballet 360: The Choreographer and the Muse: The Extraordinary Relationship of George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, explore the deep connection between legendary choreographer George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, one of the greatest ballerinas of the twentieth century.

Tickets: $15

  1. & 9 p.m. Terrace Theater

NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for A Jazz Piano Christmas, the annual holiday tradition highlighting performances by jazz pianists of their favorite seasonal music.

Tickets: $55-$75

  1. p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

(See December 6)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017

1:30 & 4 p.m. Family Theater

Me … Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

(See December 2)

  1. & 5 p.m. Concert Hall

The Washington Chorus presents: A Candlelight Christmas

Its not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, sing-alongs, and the magnificent Candlelight Processional, A Candlelight Christmas includes your favorite songs such as The Dream Isaiah Saw and Hallelujah Chorus.

Schedule: Sun., Dec. 10-Fri., Dec. 22 Tickets: $18-$72

  1. & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

7:30 p.m. Opera House

An American in Paris

Inspired by the Academy Award ®winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony® Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of­ the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares “outshines anything else currently on Broadway.”

Schedule: Thurs., Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.– Sun., Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $69-$175

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See Dec. 12)

8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Getty Music Presents: SING! An Irish Christmas

Keith and Kristyn Getty bring their touring Irish Christmas show back to the Kennedy Center in a program built around their Christmas church music catalog and their love for historic carols. Tickets: $70-$175

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

7:00 p.m. Concert Hall

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor Sophie Daneman, soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, alto Karim Sulayman, tenor Christian lmmler, baritone

University of Maryland Concert Choir Edward Maclary, director

HANDEL Messiah

Schedule: Thur., Dec. 14-Sun., Dec 17 Tickets: $15-$89

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See Dec. 12)

7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

All the joy of and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar® winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children’s Chorus.

Schedule: Thu, Dec. 14-Sat. Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 16 and Sun., Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. (Sat., 2 p.m. is a sensory-friendly performance)

Tickets: $45-$65

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

7:30 p.m.* Opera House An American in Paris (See Dec. 12)

*captioned

7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

(See December 14)

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

8 p.m. Concert Hall

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Handel’s Messiah

(See December 14)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017

10:15 a.m. Grand Foyer

Sound Health: Community Yoga

(See December 9)

1 p.m. Concert Hall

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: A Family Christmas

The young and the young at heart will revel in the joy of the season as holiday favorites ring throughout the Concert Hall. Tickets: $20-$45

1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Opera House

An American in Paris

(See December 12)

2* & 7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

(See December 14)

*sensory-friendly performance

  1. & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

  1. p.m. Concert Hall

The Washington Chorus presents: A Candlelight Christmas

(See December 10)

  1. & 9 p.m. Terrace Gallery

KC Jazz Club: Harriet Tubman

Inspired by abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman, the trio makes its Kennedy Center debut showcasing music from its 2017 album, Araminta.

Tickets: $26-$30

  1. p.m. Concert Hall

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Handel’s Messiah

(See December 14)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017

  1. p.m. Concert Hall

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Handel’s Messiah

(See December 14)

1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Opera House

An American in Paris

(See December 12)

  1. p.m. Terrace Theater

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

(See December 14)

  1. & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

5 p.m. Concert Hall

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents:

Christmas with Choral Arts

Choral Arts celebrates the joys of the season in delightful program of popular holiday standards and seasonal Christmas classics.

Schedule: Sun., Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$69

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

  1. p.m. Concert Hall

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents:

Christmas with Choral Arts

(See December 17)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017

7:30 p.m.* Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

*sign-interpreted

  1. p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017

3 & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

8 p.m. Concert Hall

NSO Pops: Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration is a 25th anniversary celebration of the acclaimed album that reinterpreted Handel’s oratorio Messiah.

Tickets: $29-$79

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017

  1. p.m. Concert Hall

The Washington Chorus presents: A Candlelight Christmas

(See December 10)

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

  1. p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017

1:30 & 4 p.m. Family Theater

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Ages 3+

Schedule: Fri., Dec. 22- Sun., Dec. 31 Tickets: $20

1:30 & 7:30 p.m.* Opera House

An American in Paris

(See December 12)

*sign-interpreted

3 & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

7 p.m. Concert Hall

The Washington Chorus presents: A Candlelight Christmas

(See December 10)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2017

11 a.m., 1:30 & 5 p.m. Family Theater

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

(See December 22)

1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Opera House

An American in Paris

(See December 12)

3 & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

6 p .m. Concert Hall

Messiah Sing-Along

The Kennedy Centers free Messiah Sing-Along, a family and community tradition since 1971, returns to the Concert Hall on Saturday evening, December 23, at 6 p.m.

Tickets: FREE, distribution begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Nations

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2017

1 p.m. Concert Hall

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Christmas with Choral Arts

(See December 17)

1:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2017

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017

1:30 & 4 p.m. Family Theater Mr. Popper’s Penguins (See December 22)

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

The Illusionists

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sell-out shows in 2015! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.

Schedule: Wed. , Dec. 27- Sun., Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Tues., Jan. 2-Sat., Jan. 6 at 8 p.m.

Dec. 28, Dec. 30, Dec. 31, Jan. 4, Jan. 6, Jan. 7 shows at 3 p.m. Tickets: $59-$175

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2017

1:30 & 4 p.m. Family Theater Mr. Popper’s Penguins (See December 22)

3 & 8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

The Illusionists

(See December 27)

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017

1:30 & 4 p.m. Family Theater Mr. Popper’s Penguins (See December 22)

7:30 p.m. Opera House An American in Paris (See December 12)

8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

The Illusionists

(See December 27)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2017

11 a.m.*, 1:30 & 5 p.m. Family Theater

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

(See December 22)

*sensory-friendly performance

1:30* & 7:30 p.m. Opera House

An American in Paris

(See December 12)

*audio described

3 & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

3 & 8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

The Illusionists

(See December 27)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017

1:30 & 4 p.m. Family Theater Mr. Popper’s Penguins (See December 22)

1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Opera House

An American in Paris

(See December 12)

*this performance is captioned

3 & 8 p.m. Theater Lab

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

(See December 5)

3 & 8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

The Illusionists

(See December 27)

7 & 9 p.m. Terrace Theater

A Jazz New Year’s Eve: Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Memphis

Ring in the New Year in style with a lively jazz performance by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater as she presents her album Memphis.

Tickets: $79-$89

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