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Leila Josefowicz's Brand Of Maverick Career

She walks an interesting line between unconventionality and orthodoxy. Apart from Kaija Saariaho, whose music she played at her Kennedy Center recital in November, most of her favorite composers are white and male; she reacts vehemently to the idea of selecting a composer by any criteria other than her own visceral response (like, for instance, gender).

Baby Mouse Goes To The National Symphony Orchestra

To be clear, it wasn't Babymouse from the eponymous children's graphic novels. It was a baby mouse running around the first 12 rows of the Kennedy Center's concert hall. "A spokeswoman for the NSO said the Kennedy Center is an old building and that it is treated regularly for pests."

LL Cool J At The Kennedy Center Honors

In case you missed it, I thought you might dig this. I helped put together the segment for the Kennedy Center Honors last month honoring LL Cool J. It was the 1st time a Hip Hop artist has ever been recognized there. Thought you might dig the power of real DJing and MCing, live with […]

Nas 'Illmatic' orchestral concert special coming to PBS (watch the trailer)

Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop will premiere on February 2 on PBS. Continue reading…

Nas Announces New Illmatic Concert Film

Featuring his 2014 Kennedy Center performance with the National Symphony Orchestra

Nas: Live from the Kennedy Center (Documentary Trailer)

From the pissy hallways of QB to the Kennedy Center, Nasir Jones is the subject of the new documentary Live from the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop from Mass Appeal and PBS. The film chronicles Nas’ live performance of the Illmatic album with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C last year. Show More Summary

Nas Performs ‘Illmatic’ With the National Symphony Orchestra

Heralded Queens rapper Nas has joined forces with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to stage a symphonic rendition of his critically-acclaimed album Illmatic, which dropped back in 1994. Revered as one of the best albums in hip-hop history, the new concert film, Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical […]

American Space Museum in Titusville, Florida

This small space museum, located not far the better-known Kennedy Space Center, tells the more personal side of the history of the American space program, from the launches of Dr. Robert Goddard to early unmanned flight, through projects...Show More Summary

The Kennedy Center cancels its Garrison Keillor event

Public radio icon Garrison Keillor, who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio after a co-worker accused him of inappropriate behavior, will not appear in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall on May 11, the arts center said Monday. Ticket holders will be contacted about refunds for the Keillor concert, according to an arts center spokeswoman. Tickets […]

10 things to do in the D.C. area this week

“On Your Feet!” — a crowd-pleasing musical based on Gloria Estefan's career — dances its way to the Kennedy Center on Tuesday.

Elon Musk: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch will be before end of January

The demonstration flight will test one of SpaceX's most technically challenging undertakings to date from a historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad.        

Part of Rock Creek Park near the Kennedy Center closed due to water main break

Part of Rock Creek Parkway in the District is closed Friday morning due to a water main break. With the northbound side of Rock Creek Parkway blocked — at Virginia Avenue near the Kennedy Center — drivers have no access to Interstate 66 west from I Street. There also is no access to Rock Creek […]

Four Refrains About Classical Music That I Do Not Want To Hear In 2018

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Music advocate and Kennedy Center trombonist Doug Rosenthal: "You didn't ask for it, but here are things I'd love to never hear this upcoming year. Admittedly, I write this post wearing my Grumpy Pants. But I'm also donning my Optimism Cardigan. So join me for another list. Because hey, anything to distract you from that […]

Trump, in Washington, doesn't get out much

WASHINGTON (AP) — After living in Washington for nearly a year, President Donald Trump has yet to enjoy a single non-working meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't taken in a performance at the Kennedy Center; hasn't...Show More Summary

Queen Latifah, Black Thought and More Celebrate LL Cool J at Kennedy Center Honors Tribute [WATCH]

LL Cool J became the first hip-hop artist honored by the Kennedy Center. Continue reading…

TRUMP EFFECT: Kennedy Center Honors Ratings Crash to All-Time Low After President Boycotts Ceremony

The Kennedy Center Honors broadcast on tape-delay on Tuesday in prime time by CBS received its lowest TV ratings since 1987, Deadline reported on Thursday. President Donald Trump announced earlier this year he would not attend the December...Show More Summary

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