The tenor saxophonist and Berklee College of Music alum presents an evening of soulful, sophisticated jazz.
December 14 in the Concert Hall
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by Harvey Phillips in which hundreds of local tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players perform traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 4 p.m. Free general admission tickets will be distributed at the entrance to the Hall of Nations at 4 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
Nine of DMV’s most talented songwriters and musicians collaborate to create a show full of seasonal cheer for the entire family. Presented in collaboration with Listen Local First D.C. and The 9 Songwriter Showcase.
December 23 in the Concert Hall
Guest conductor Nancia Dalimonte leads the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a 200-voice choir, professional soloists, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. Free general admission tickets will be distributed at the entrance to the Hall of Nations at 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Nick Guerra
An audience favorite from NBC’s Last Comic Standing, the comedian displays a cool and energetic attitude as he skewers relationships, family, and everyday life. Sarah Tiana opens.
The Grammy Award®–nominated vocalist, songwriter, and hit maker performs music from her new album, RISE: Story 1.
Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the debut performance of Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, D.C.’s only all-women big band. Steeped in the tradition of the masters yet forging ahead with a style all its own, the Bullettes bring all generations together to enjoy a dynamite performance.
New Year’s Eve Grand Foyer Party
At 10 p.m., Queen Esther and The Hot Five and Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes perform on the Millennium Stages, leading up to a midnight countdown and balloon drop. Guests can also enjoy cash champagne bars and a free photo booth. Admission is free with your ticket to a Dec. 31 evening paid Kennedy Center event (yasiin bey with Special Guests, Wicked, Into The Woods, or The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens) or with your receipt from a Dec. 31 dinner at the Roof Terrace Restaurant.