Editors' pick

Millennium Stage - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


The Levine School of Music

At the Millennium Stage.

Fairfax Wind Symphony

The wind ensemble performs. At the Millennium Stage.

Elijah Balbed & the JoGo Project

At the Millennium Stage.

Words Beats & Life: Rep Your Hood

At the Millennium Stage.

D.C. Jazz Festival: Sweet Lu Sextet

At the Millennium Stage.

D.C. Jazz Festival: Alison Crockett

At the Millennium Stage.

Sine Qua Non

At the Millennium Stage.

Crush Funk Brass

At the Millennium Stage.

Ranjani Murthy

At the Millennium Stage.

YoungArts: A Jazz Sound

At the Millennium Stage.

Chicago Harp Quartet

The foursome makes its Kennedy Center debut in a concert presented by the YoungArts Foundation. At the Millennium Stage.

YoungArts: Lost & Found

At the Millennium Stage.

Listen Local First D.C.

At the Millennium Stage.

Coro Entrevoces

The Cuban choral group celebrates the 5th Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival, a series of performances by 12 choirs from around the world. At the Millennium Stage.

The Israeli-Palestinian YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Made up of high school students from East and West Jerusalem, the choral group performs a Millennium Stage concert. At the Millennium Stage.

Tapiola Chamber Choir

The 36-member choir from Finland performs. At the Millennium Stage.

2015 Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival

The 2015 choral festival ends with a celebration featuring the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and the Australian Children's Choir. At the Millennium Stage.

Editorial Review

If there's another place on Earth where you can see a different live performance 364 nights a year for free, we haven't heard of it. The Kennedy Center wanted to open its doors to new audiences -- and new talent -- and succeeded beyond anyone's expectations with the Millennium Stage, where artists of all backgrounds and talents showcase their creative energy on a specially built platform in the Grand Foyer.

The stage lights up nightly at 6 and offers entertainment for patrons waiting for the opera or "Shear Madness," tourists passing through and folks who traveled to Foggy Bottom especially to take advantage of the hour-long show. On any given month there's a mix of classical music, jazz, storytelling, song and dance. Audience members might even catch Leonard Slatkin conducting a small ensemble from the National Symphony Orchestra, or jazz master Billy Taylor with his trio. Some months feature themes such as "Music in the Movies."

As a perk of office, members of Congress can nominate performers from their state to perform on the stage. You, too, can add the Kennedy Center to your resume: Local auditions are held one weekend a year in the spring. Don't be shy -- classical guitar, a cappella tunes, harmonica, folk songs and fiddles, anything goes.

-- Nicole Lewis