A celebration of ‘American Voices’ at the Kennedy Center

In an effort to celebrate diversity in American music, the Kennedy Center hosts "American Voices," a three-day festival of performances and tutorials featuring experts and artists across various genres, including Dianne Reeves, Josh Groban and Kim Burrell. Serving as host is singer Renee Fleming, who will moderate several panel discussions from Nov. 22-24.

Soprano Renee Fleming hosts the Kennedy Center's three-day music festival "American Voices" Nov. 22-24. (Andrew Eccles/Decca) Soprano Renee Fleming hosts the Kennedy Center's "American Voices" festival Nov. 22-24. (Andrew Eccles/Decca)

Here's what you can expect:

• Free Millennium Stage performances at 6 p.m. Norman Garrett and Deborah Nansteel of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program join Howard University's jazz ensemble Afro Blue on Friday; gospel singer Vanessa Williams and country band Mama Tried perform on Saturday; and musical theater performer Erin Driscoll joins musician Jon Caroll on Sunday.

• Master sessions by genre. Classical: Eric Owens; jazz: Dianne Reeves; country: Alison Krauss and Dr. Thomas Cleveland; pop: Ben Folds; gospel: Kim Burrell; musical theater: Sutton Foster. The musicians will advise young artists pre-selected by the Kennedy Center's education and professional development program. Following the sessions are panel discussions with experts and artists in each genre. Tickets are $38.

• American Voices Concert. National Symphony Orchestra Pops conductor Steven Reineke leads an all-star concert Saturday at 8 p.m. Performers include Fleming, Reeves, Burrell, Groban, Folds, Sara Bareilles, Kurt Elling, Sutton Foster, Norman Lewis and Eric Owens. Remaining tickets are $95-$225.

• Symposiums: In the Terrace Gallery, three symposiums feature experts covering such topics as vocal health and illness, the business and technology of popular singing and voice training. Tickets are $15.

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.



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