Kennedy Center {Free Performances at 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 May, 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.

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!}

Here are a few of the highlights:
Friday, May 4, 2012
Enjoy a preview of musical highlights from Washington National Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Nabucco (D.C. Premiere) in addition to Massenet’s Werther, featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Target Family Night: Asian American Music Society!  Performances by Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, Japanese Taiko Club, Washington Korean Dance Company, Natyabhoomi School of India Dance, Wrhatnala Indonesia Music & Dance, and Sri Lanka Dance Group of Washington.

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Chicago-based circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza brings its sweet sounds indoors, using trombones, marching drums, accordions, and more to get the audience moving. Happenstance Theater presents its blend of cabaret, mime, and slapstick comedy in a visual, poetic theater performance.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Swami Yomahmi, the Original Sideshow Geek, presents his unique combination of dangerous acts and physical comedy, while actor and comedian Matt Pauli will do some plate spinning, cigar box juggling, balancing, and even some banjo ukulele playing. Magician and comedian Karen Beriss will appear, as well as talented juggler Evan Young.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Colombia’s National Circus School Circo Para Todos (“Circus for All”) is coming to the Kennedy Center directly from Cali, Colombia. Circo Para Todos is the first professional circus school for vulnerable kids and displaced youth in the world. Their energy and talent has taken them to perform at some of the most important venues all over the world.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Yo-Yo People, featuring husband and wife duo John Higby and Rebecca Loomis Higby, present a stage show featuring their finely-tuned acts such as blending yo-yos with hula hooping and unicycling. American juggler Paolo Garbanzo shows off his comedic talents and daring feats, which includes juggling flaming torches.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Chicago’s Midnight Circus presents a dazzling stage show featuring the eclectic talents of its actors, acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists, dancers, singers, and more. By breaking down the barriers that separate individual art forms, these artists consistently create a unique style of live performance.

Friday, May 18, 2012
Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play a brass quintet by Philip Parker and Grant Cooper’s Octagons for Clarinet and String Quintet.

Sunday, May 20, 2012
The dance company presents The Three Wise Monkeys, a performance inspired by hip hop, capoeira, and acrobatics that explores human beings’ ability to see and analyze, to hear and interpret, to speak and transmit.

Monday, May 28, 2012
The Memorial Day Swing Dance Party features dance lessons taught by instructors Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg at 5:30 p.m. Music is played by Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings.

And, on May 12, 2012, Kennedy Center is hosting Street Arts in the Park (this event will NOT be at the Kennedy Center – instead it will be held at Yards Park, Entrances at 3rd, 4th, and Water Streets, SE).  This event is free and will include the Bread & Puppet Theater,  Lesole’s Dance Project, Midnight Circus,  The Red Trouser Show, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, Happenstance Theater, Sweet Heaven Kings, Edwin Fontánez’s Washington Chalk Festival, National Children’s Museum juggling workshop, Yaron Goshen’s Israeli Street Orchestra, Yoga with Silk Road Yoga, Samba Lessons with Zezeh Brazil, Zumba lessons with Tanya Owens Nuchols, Capoeira lessons with International Capoeira Angola Foundation, African Dance lessons with Coyaba Dance Theater, and much more.

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