Kennedy Center {Free Performances on the Millennium Stage}

Do you enjoy music and the arts, but can’t justify spending oodles of money on tickets to The Kennedy Center?  Throughout the month of March, enjoy a free concert everyday at 6PM on Kennedy Center’s “Millennium Stage” (outside the Concert Hall and Eisenhower Theater).  {Unfortunately, there is no free parking for free events – but, you can take the Metro to the Foggy Bottom/GWU station, then ride Kennedy Center’s free red shuttle at the top of the escalators.  It departs every 15 minutes to and from Kennedy Center until midnight.}

Here are some of the month’s highlights:

March 1–21
The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna
Through concerts, theater, and lectures, the Kennedy Center, under the guidance of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, explores the themes and currents that emerged from these three great cities. Millennium Stage performances include: Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra (Thu., Mar. 1); Citibank Classical Night: Three Cities Chamber Music Marathon (Sun., Mar. 11 in the Terrace Theater), which includes the Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble (2:30–4:15 p.m.), members of the National Symphony Orchestra (6–7:45 p.m.), and Quatuor Thymos (8–9:30 p.m.); Sixth Floor Trio (Sat., Mar. 17); and many more.  View a complete listing of the free performances that are part of The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.

March 3
Blacks in Wax
A renowned annual black history production sponsored by the Recreation Wish List Committee, Blacks in Wax features youth from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center who transform from a wax replica of a character to a live portrayal of some of our most notable entertainers, writers, athletes, poets, entrepreneurs, and political leaders. Please note: This event will take place in the Hall of Nations from 4:45-5:45 p.m., with a performance on Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.

March 4-13
The Conservatory Project
The Conservatory Project is an initiative of Performing Arts for Everyone’s Millennium Stage. It is a semi-annual event occurring in February and March, designed to present the best young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theater, opera, and more from our nation’s leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges, and universities in performance at the Kennedy Center. View a complete listing of these free performances.

March 22 & 23
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, a non-profit performance-rights organization, presents a variety of musicians on Millennium Stage: singer/songwriter and producer André Henry and singer/songwriter Julia Halitgan will each perform on Thu. Mar. 22; composer and performer Andy Akiho, as well as Celia Woodsmith with bluegrass phenomenon Della Mae will perform on Fri., Mar. 23.

March 24
Christoph Eschenbach and with members of the National Symphony Orchestra
Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads members of the NSO in a program showcasing Dvořák’s Piano Quintet.

Also, if you are between 18‒30 years old or an active duty member of the armed services, be sure to join Kennedy Center’s MyTix Program.  They offer substantial discounts on tickets and run terrific ticket giveaways for the majority of their performances, including Broadway plays!  {Side Note: I’m living proof that the MyTix program works – in January, I won two tickets to enjoy a National Symphony Orchestra performance, simply by entering their giveaways!}  Currently, they offer National Symphony Orchestra tickets for as low as $20, and Washington National Opera tickets for as low as $40.

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