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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Review
On the bank of the Potomac River, the gem of the D.C. arts scene is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Ballet, and the Washington National Opera. The best out-of-town acts perform at one of three performance spaces—the Concert Hall, the Opera House, or the Eisenhower Theater. An eclectic range of performances is staged at the center's smaller venues, including the Terrace Theater, showcasing chamber groups and experimental works; the Theater Lab, home to cabaret-style performances; the KC Jazz Club; and a 320-seat family theater. But that's not all. On the Millennium Stage in the center's Grand Foyer, you can catch free performances almost any day at 6 pm.
On performance days, a free shuttle bus runs between the Center and the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop.
Choral Arts Society of Washington. From spring to fall the 200-voice Choral Arts Society of Washington choir performs classical pieces at the Kennedy Center. Three Christmas sing-alongs are scheduled each December, as is a popular tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on his January birthday. 202/244-3669. www.choralarts.org.
Washington National Opera. Founded in 1956, the Washington National Opera is one of the largest companies in the nation and presents eight works in fall and spring at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The operas, performed in their original languages with English supertitles, are often sold out to subscribers, but returned tickets are available an hour before curtain time. For standing-room tickets to each week's performances, inquire at the box office starting the preceding Saturday. Every fall the Opera presents Opera in the Outfield, a free live performance in Nationals Park (also broadcast). New Hampshire Ave. and Rock Creek Pkwy. NW, 20566. 202/295-2400 or 800/876-7372. www.dc-opera.org.
Washington Ballet. Between September and May the Washington Ballet presents classical and contemporary dance, including works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Choo-San Goh, and artistic director Septime Webre. The main shows are mounted at the Kennedy Center, but each December the company performs The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre. 202/362-3606. www.washingtonballet.org.
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