Center Performance Highlights from the 1990s
more about performances during a particular season click on that
season below. Within each season, performances are arranged by
Me A Tenor - October 30 - December 1, 1990
Barry Nelson and Ron Holgate starred in
this Tony Award-winning hit comedy, a hilarious soup of assumed identities,
stage-door seductions and wonderfully comic going-on.
Hotel, The Musical - December 4, 1990 - January 6, 1991
Tommy Tune directed and choreographed this opulent Broadway musical about
Berlin in 1928, which won five Tony Awards.
Child - February 19 - March 17, 1991
Julie Harris starred in this one-woman play based on the life
of Isak Dinesen, author of Out of Africa.
Chronicles - March 19 - April 28, 1991
Stephanie Dunham starred in Wendy Wasserstein's Tony Award-
and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, the deliciously funny coming-of-age
story of Heidi Holland.
of the Opera - May 28-August 31, 1991
Andrew Lloyd Webber's dazzling musical romance, winner of seven Tony Awards,
including Best Musical, and directed by Harold Prince, ran for four sold-out
Phantom returned for another sold-out run during the summer of 1993.
Symphony Orchestra - September 27-29; October 2, 1990
Mstislav Rostropovich conducted this program
of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor and Shostakovich's Symphony
No. 10, featuring pianist Justus Frantz.
Blumfield - November 3, 1990
As part of the Kennedy Center Family Concerts series, the master
pianist performed a program of Prokofiev, Chopin and Liszt.
Symphony Orchestra - December 4, 1990
Alessandro Siciliani conducted this program including Ravel's
Bolero and the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony featuring William Neil.
Feghali - December 9, 1990
The Washington Performing Arts Society
presented the winner of the Gold Medal at the 1985 Van Cliburn International
Competition performing works by Weber, Brahms, Scriabin, Liadov, Sauer,
Villa-Lobos, Nazareth, Joplin, and Ravel.
Artists of Washington - January 16, 1991
Washington, Front & Center! presented this program of Mozart,
Rorem, Dohnanyi, and Brahms, with pianist Enrique Graf.
Philharmonic - January 19, 1991
Washington Performing Arts Society presented Zubin Mehta, who
led the orchestra in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Bruckner's Symphony
Symphony Orchestra - January 24-25, 1991
Conductor Keith Brion brought John Philip Sousa's music to life
in POPS: A Star-Spangled Sousa Celebration, a stirring tribute to America's
Duke Ellington - February 2, 1991
Doug Richards and the Great American Music Ensemble performed
Ellington's superbly orchestrated compositions for full jazz ensemble
in the Terrace Theater's highly successful new jazz series.
Lynn Harrell & Vladimir Ashkenazy - February 23, 1991
Three brilliant world concert stars came together for an unforgettable
performance, presented by Washington Performing Arts Society.
Chamber Ensemble - March 12, 1991
The ensemble presented a program of Beethoven's Eight Folk
Songs of the British Isles; Crumb's Voice of the Whale; and
Smetana's Piano Trio in G major.
Quartet - March 27, 1991
The famous ensemble's program included quartets by Mozart, Zemlinsky,
Symphony Orchestra - April 18-23, 1991 Mstislav Rostropovich
conducted the symphony and Randall Craig Fleischer conducted Rostropovich
on the cello in an all-Prokofiev program in honor of the composer's 100th
birthday, with Prokofiev's sons in attendance.
Opera - November 3 - March 10, 1990
The Opera House season included Richard Strauss's Salome, Puccini's
La Bohème, Massenet's Manon, and Verdi's Rigoletto.
Opera - December 29, 1990 - February 3, 1991
The Eisenhower Theater season included Mozart's The Magic
Flute, Purcell's King Arthur and Menotti's The Saint of
Ballet - October 9 - 14, 1990
The company's one-week engagement culminated in the Ballet's lavishly praised
and sumptuously produced centennial staging of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping
Ballet Theatre - January 15 - 27, 1991
As part of its engagement the company performed the world premiere of
a new Coppelia, based on the original choreography by Arthur Saint-Leon
and staged by Enrique Martinez.
Ballet - March 12 - 24, 1991
The company's run ended with the first American performances of Anthony
Dowell's production of Swan Lake.
Dance Company - April 12 - 14, 1991
One of America's most innovative and acclaimed choreographers
presented a powerful new work commissioned by the Kennedy Center, as part
of the 15th Imagination Celebration.
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 2, 1990
Honoring Dizzy Gillespie, Katharine Hepburn, Risë Stevens, Jule Styne, and
Festival at the Kennedy Center:
West - June 12 - 14, 1991
Big State Theater Company's compilation of monologues portraying
a variety of true American westerners.
Symphony Orchestra - June 15, 1991
Eduardo Mata conducted Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture,
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, and Bartók's
Concerto for Orchestra.
Montemayor's Ballet Fantasia Española and
Rosa Guerrero International Folkorico - June 16, 1991
In a single program, the two companies performed traditional
Ballet - June 20 - 22, 1991
As part of the Texas Festival at the Kennedy Center, the company
presented the world premiere of Paul Taylor's Company B, the first of
six new ballets commissioned by the Kennedy Center from American choreographers
and companies, in a ground- breaking consortium arrangement whereby
all companies share in the new works.
Logan - June 20 - 22, 1991
Based on a true story, this tense and moving drama from award-winning
playwright Celeste Bedford-Walker tells the story of an all-black infantry
regiment in 1917 Houston.
Of Texas Songs And Songwriters - June 22, 1991
Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, and Little Joe Hernandez appeared
in the final event of the Texas Festival at the Kennedy Center.
- September 23 - October 20, 1991
Robert Morse brought to Washington his
Tony Award-winning portrayal of the celebrated American author, Truman Capote.
Running - November 6 - December 8, 1991
August Wilson continued his Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicle
of 20th-century African-American life with this portrait of urban life
in the 1960s.
of a Gunman - December 17, 1991 - January 19, 1992
The year-old O'Casey Theater Company from Newry, County Down,
Northern Ireland, was founded as an international touring company with
professional actors from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and
the United States to produce Irish plays. The great playwright Sean O'Casey's
The Shadow of a Gunman, set in the 1920s in a Dublin tenement,
was directed by Shivaun O'Casey.
Birdie - December 25, 1991 - January 26, 1992
Tommy Tune led a 30th-anniversary revival of the Tony Award-winning hit
by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse.
Land - January 18 - February 9, 1992
The Washington Opera's Eisenhower Theater season was highlighted
by the American premiere of Jin Xiang's contemporary Chinese opera, a
gripping romantic tragedy set against the brutal political landscape of
1920s China. The repertory also included a new production of The Tales
of Hoffmann, and Handel's first operatic success, Agrippina.
Confinement - February 27 - April 5, 1992
Stacy Keach delivered a tour-de-force performance in this one-actor,
multi-character thriller by Rupert Holmes.
on This Island - May 22-July 19, 1992
The Kennedy Center co-produced the national tour of the Tony Award-nominated
Broadway hit set on an exotic Caribbean island.
Symphony Orchestra - October 1, 1991
Mstislav Rostropovich conducted the NSO
in the world premiere of Henri Dutilleux's Timbres, espace, movement.
di Zagreb - October 16, 1991
Joined by Mario Brunello, cellist, this chamber orchestra of
13 players performed music of Corelli, Hindemith, Rossini, Martinu, and
percussionist - November 26, 1991
Despite profound deafness since the age of 11, Evelyn Glennie
has performed worldwide as a solo percussionist, both with orchestras
and in recital. This performance, her Washington, D.C., recital debut,
was a tremendous success.
and Cipa Dichter - December 7, 1991
The famed pianist was joined by his wife Cipa for an enchanting
evening of Mozart piano duets; part of a Mozart Festival presented in
cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,
which included concerts and lectures throughout the city.
D.C., Mozart Festival - December 1991
Washington, D.C. celebrated the genius of Mozart on the bicentennial
of his death with a citywide festival of music, films, exhibits, and symposia
presented by the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, Library
of Congress, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution's Museum
of American History, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Among the Concert Hall highlights were the National Symphony Orchestra/Oratorio
Society of Washington performances of the Requiem; the NSO/Choral Arts
Society of Washington performances of Mozart's orchestration of Handel's
Messiah, presented by Washington Performing Arts Society; and a program
of orchestral music played by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields,
led by Sir Neville Marriner.
- January 31, 1992
Washington Performing Arts Society presented this D.C. native
in the ascendance of her career.
Price - February 9, 1992
Ms. Price's 13th Washington Performing Arts Society-sponsored
appearance since 1967 included works of Handel, Marx, Strauss, and Puccini.
David Garvey accompanied.
Winds with Pascal Rogé, pianist - February 13, 1992
The Terrace Concerts program by this
internationally acclaimed ensemble included music of Barber, Beethoven,
Ligetti, and Mozart.
& the Mohtella Queens - February 15, 1992
Washington Performing Arts Society presented the Kennedy Center
debut of South Africa's premiere mbaqanga (township jive) group. Mahlathini,
known as the Lion of Soweto, founded the group that revolutionized the
South African pop scene.
soprano - March 24, 1992
The Grammy Award-winning singer presented music of Barber, Schumann,
Mussorgsky, and Ives.
Symphony Orchestra - June 4 - 9, 1992
Kennedy Center Honoree Robert Shaw led the NSO and the Choral
Arts Society of Washington in the season finale - Beethoven's mighty Missa
Opera - December 20, 1991 - February 9, 1992
The American premiere of The Savage
Land, a milestone in the history of chinese opera.
- November 1, 1991
Washington Performing Arts Society presented one of the great
young stars of opera in his Concert Hall debut.
Opera - November 9 - 30, 1991; February 15 - March 8, 1992
The company's Opera House season was highlighted by a new production of
The Flying Dutchman, its first Wagnerian opera in more than a decade.
Repertory also included Don Carlo, Don Giovanni, and opera's
most popular double bill: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.
West - October 8 - 13, 1991
The company returned to Washington with the world premiere of the second
work created by the Kennedy Center Ballet Commissioning Project - John Neumeier's
Age of Anxiety.
Kirov Ballet - October 15 - 27, 1991
The mighty Russian company returned with Giselle and its first Western
performances of several works by Antony Tudor and George Balanchine.
The Bolshoi Ballet - November 11, 1991
Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev led their touring company
through excerpts from the great Russian ballets, presented by Washington
Performing Arts Society.
Dance Company - January 22 - 25, 1992
David Parsons opened the Dance America Series, a joint presentation
of the Kennedy Center and WPAS established to present contemporary American
dance companies in the nation's capital. Susan Marshall & Company and
Bebe Miller & Co. were presented in May 1993.
Northwest Ballet - January 29 - February 2, 1992
The world premiere of Lar Lubovitch's American Gesture, the third
work made possible by the Kennedy Center Ballet Commissioning Project,
highlighted the company's visit.
Ballet Theatre - March 31-April 5, 1992
The grande dame of American ballet, Agnes DeMille, created The Other for
the company's annual Washington engagement. Its world premiere performance
received glowing reviews. The company also danced Serious Pleasures,
a controversial new work by Ulysses Dove that received a standing ovation
from the audience.
New at the Kennedy Center - October 2, 1991
This innovative series opened with the
unusual art of juggler/choreographer Michael Moschen; the sold-out series
also presented choreographer Wim Vandekeybus (Oct. 25), screenwriter/filmmaker
Amos Poe (Nov. 8 in the AFI Theater), choreographer Dianne McIntyre and
Ensemble (In Living Color, Nov. 20) and choreographer Liz Lerman & Co. (Dec.
10-14, in unexpected places throughout the Center).
Fourteenth Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 8, 1991
Honoring Roy Acuff, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Fayard Nicholas, Harold
Nicholas, Gregory Peck, and Robert Shaw.
Center Imagination Celebration: National Dance Institute - April 7 - 10,
The Kennedy Center's national arts festival for young people
featured free school and public performances and demonstrations led by
Jacques D'Amboise and starring Washington-area students from Arts Enterprise
Center Tribute to Germany:
Ballet - April 28 - May 10, 1992
The dance centerpiece of the month-long Kennedy Center Tribute to Germany,
the two-week engagement of the Stuttgart Ballet featured a week of the
company's radically new Sleeping Beauty, contemporary repertory works
by choreographers long associated with the company and its founder, John
Cranko, and Artistic Director Marcia Haydee's farewell performance in
the company's signature piece, Eugene Onegin.
Cabaret - April 29 - May 9, 1992
For the month-long tribute, Berlin's premier theater company, Theater
des Westens, conceived a biting multimedia extravaganza that recreated
the music, glamour, and decadence of Berlin in the late 1930s and early
1940s as seen through the propaganda invented by the government-controlled
Staatskapelle - May 4, 1992
The legendary orchestra was presented by Washington Performing Arts
Knabenchor - May 4, 1992
A celebrated boys choir.
Room - September 15 - October 18, 1992
A touching yet humorous drama by Scott
Mcpherson about a caretaker learning how to be cared for by her quirky family.
Garden - December 26 - January 31, 1992
Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this winner of
three Tony awards was proclaimed the best American musical of the Broadway
season by Time.
Rhin - March 19 - 20, 1993
The authentic restaging of Dauberval's 1789 classic La fille
mal gardee graced the stage with exquisite sets and costumes by Dominique
and Dolls - April 13 - May 30, 1993
Co-produced by the Kennedy Center, Frank Loesser's immensely popular production
featuring the great Broadway standards "Luck be a Lady" and "Sit Down,
You're Rockin' the Boat" starred Lorna Luft and Lewis J. Stadlin.
- April 24 - May 30, 1993
David Mamet's controversial drama about a female student who
accuses her male professor of sexual harassment.
Goes 'Round - June 1 - 27, 1993
Kander and Ebb's sweet musical revue of their shows.
of the Golds - June 30 - August 1, 1993
Jennifer Grey and David Groh led the cast in this controversial
family drama -meets-science fiction play that confronted hot button issues
like genetic engineering, homosexuality, and abortion.
Center Friedheim Awards - September 5, 1992
Established in 1977, the Kennedy Center
Friedheim Awards for new works by American Composers alternate between orchestral
music (even-numbered years) and chamber music (odd-numbered years). Performed
in years past by conservatory orchestras including those of Peabody, the
Curtis Institute of Music, and the Mannes School of Music, the final works
in the orchestral competition were performed this year for the first time
by a professional orchestra - the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted
by Randall Craig Fleischer, the orchestra's Affiliate Artist/National Endowment
for the Arts Conductor. The final works were the Pulitzer Prize-winning
Symphony by Shulamit Ran, which also took first prize in this competition,
Concerto in One Movement for Piano by Emma Lou Diemer, Piano Concerto by
Richard Wernick, and Perpetual Angelus by George Tsontakis.
Symphony Orchestra - September 17 - 29, 1992
Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich led the National Symphony
in eight performances featuring artists and music of North, Central, and
South America. Part of the Kennedy Center's yearlong Festival of the Americas.
Latinoamericano - September 24, 1992
Kicking off the Kennedy Center's yearlong recognition of Artists
of the Americas, the fabulous Cuarteto Latinoamericano opened the Fortas
Chamber Music Series of the Terrace Concerts with a program featuring
string quartets of Revueltas, Villa-Lobos, Lavista, and Ginastera. The
internationally renowned pianist Santiago Rodrigues performed a program
of Rachmaninoff, Ginastera, and Lecuona on September 25, and WPAS presented
Roberto Diaz, NSO principal violist, in recital September 29.
Symphony Orchestra - October 4 - 12, 1992
Alaska became the first stop on the National Symphony Orchestra's
American Residencies for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, a project combining the elements of orchestral and chamber performance,
outreach, education, and cultural exchange.
Orchestra of Spain - October 11, 1992
Conducted by Rafael Frúbeck de Burgos, with Alicia de Larrocha,
the program commemorated the Quincentenary of Columbus's exploration of
America, presented by Washington Performing Arts Society. Later in the
season the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Sir Georg Solti, returned
on February 14, 1993.
of Benny Goodman - October 17, 1992
The Great American Music Ensemble, a
jazz orchestra from Richmond, Virginia, founded and led by Doug Richards,
opened the third Terrace Jazz Series. Founded by jazz critic and writer
Martin Williams, the series presented four concerts, and continues annually.
Donegan - November 12, 1992
The Chicago-born great lady of jazz piano was presented by WPAS.
from Marlboro - November 19, 1992, and February 26, 1993
The Terrace Concerts has welcomed touring musicians from the
famed summer Marlboro Music Festival for many seasons. The festival's
reputation for fresh, spontaneously joyful performances of music from
the classic, romantic, and contemporary musical eras is always fulfilled
in performances by these touring performers.
of Blackness - January 17, 1993
A Tribute to Martin honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with
W. Rayford Johnson as narrator; Maurio Bauza and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
with Graciela performed on February 28. Both concerts presented by Washington
Performing Arts Society.
- February 13, 1993
Washington Performing Arts Society presented the Washington
debut of the celebrated young pianist from Moscow.
violinist - February 19, 1993
Washington Performing Arts Society's Kreeger String Series presented
this young soloist, daughter of pianists Claude Frank and Lilian Kallir,
whose own career is reaching stellar heights.
pianist - February 23, 1993
The internationally acclaimed pianist performed an all-American
program of music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.
Nomura, baritone - March 14, 1993
Concluding the 14th annual Young Concert Artists Series of debut
recitals at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Nomura exemplified the
caliber of musicians presented by this series founded by Susan Wadsworth
to discover and promote the careers of talented young artists. The YCA
Series continues to be presented annually by the Kennedy Center and YCA.
Symphony Orchestra - June 25-27, 1993
Mozart: A Summer Music Festival begins, under the artistic directorship
of Christopher Hogwood.
Opera - November 7-29, 1992; February 20 - March 14, 1993
Eva Marton made her Washington Opera debut in the title role of the company's
spectacular first production of Turandot, and its Opera House season closed
with an innovative first Washington staging of The Cunning Little Vixen.
A new production of Otello and the rarely seen The Tsar's Bride were also
Opera - December 26, 1992 - February 14, 1993
Veteran comic genius Paolo Montarsolo directed Don Pasquale,
also singing the title role. A ravishing new production of The Pearl
Fishers and a revival of the wickedly funny La Cenerentola
completed the company's Eisenhower Theater season.
Ballet of Canada - September 29 - October 4, 1992
The spirited and talented company performed the witty Taming of the Shrew
plus a program of mixed repertory.
Fenley - October 9, 1992
The second season of Something New at the Kennedy Center included
the innovative solo dancer/choreographer in Place, Threshold, and State
of Darkness. Other performances in this unusual series were a showing
of filmmaker Jonathan Demme's Cousin Bobby, with a discussion of
his work; Montréal Danse; storytellers Alice McGill & Diane Ferlatte;
and Moses Pendelton's Momix.
- October 21 - 25, 1992
The cutting-edge choreographer's Washington premiere of Dido
and Aeneas opened the Dance America series.
Joffrey Ballet - December 9 - 20, 1992
The Joffrey's Nutcracker, a holiday favorite, graced the Opera
House in a beautiful Victorian-era production featuring a total of 150
local children. The company has returned with its Nutcracker in each succeeding
Jones/Arnie Zane & Company - January 18, 1993
This innovative dance company opened the Kennedy Center/WPAS
Dance America Series.
Kelemenis ¾ March 16 - 17, 1993
Copagnie de Hexe/Mathilde Monnier ¾ March 19 - 20, 1993
Part of the Center's salute to French dance, these two contemporary choreographers
lit up the Terrace with their innovative programs and supple dancers.
Opera Ballet - March 17 - 28, 1993
The highlight of this two-week celebration of French choreography and
dance companies, the beautiful, buoyant, internationally acclaimed Paris
Opera Ballet performed an elegant La Bayadere and a repertory
program by the legendary French choreographers Roland Petit and Serge
Preljocaj - March 23 - 24, 1993
New perspectives on Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky's
Les noces, as well as Preljocaj's La peau du monde, were
executed by this exciting new company.
Bagouet - March 26 - 27, 1993
Called the most French of the leading choreographers, the
dynamic company performed an all-Bagouet program in tribute to the late
of Harlem - March 30 - April 11, 1993
This engagement featured two premieres, Michael Smuin's powerful Song
for Dead Warriors and Alvin Ailey's evocative The River, along with the
romantic tale of Giselle.
Ballet - June 1 - 6, 1993
The East Coast premiere of the rock ballet Billboards was set to
music by the artist formerly known as Prince and created by four hot young
choreographers: Laura Dean, Margo Sappington, Peter Pucci and Charles
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 6, 1992
Honoring Lionel Hampton, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ginger Rogers, Mstislav
Rostropovich, and Paul Taylor.
Kentucky Cycle - August 24 - October 23, 1993
Co-produced by the Kennedy Center and
winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, playwright Robert Schenkkan's mighty
six hour epic, performed in two parts, imagined two hundred years of events
in the lives of members of a single extended Kentucky family. The play starred
Lolly Foster Daredevil Airshow - October 6
- 17, 1993
This theater piece starring the deaf,
Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Freilich and produced by the Kennedy
Center was the first play to be created in American sign language.
Hotels - November 9 - December 5, 1993
A soul-searching trio of monologues by Jon Robin Baitz performed
rivetingly by Ron Rifken and Deborah Monk addressed the tragedy that lurks
behind corporate greed in American enterprise abroad.
Rogers Follies - December 21 - January 30, 1994
Mac Davis starred as Will Rogers in this six Tony Award-winning show.
Directed by Tommy Tune with music by Cy Coleman, the show's girls, glitter,
and glamour would have made Ziegfeld proud.
Politically Incorrect - March 2 - 5, 1994
This irreverent funnyman's pre-Broadway run of his new show.
Rosensweig - March 8 - April 10, 1994
Comedy wizard Wendy Wasserstein's Tony Award-winning play about
the lives, loves, and bonds of three sisters played by Mariette Hartley,
Caroline Aaron, and Joan McMurtrey.
Tale - April 27 - May 22, 1994
The Royal Shakespeare Company's stunning production of the bard's
penultimate work featured a gorgeous set, balloons, and more balloons.
Saigon - June 11 - October 2, 1994
From the creator and producers of Les Miserables came this international
hit musical telling a classic story of love and self-sacrifice involving
a young Vietnamese woman and an American soldier at the time of the fall
of Saigon in 1975.
Shakespeare Company - June 14 - 30, and July 1 - 10, 1994
This three-man troupe of clowns and comedians delighted audiences
with two different, equally side-splitting summarizations: In June, the
company performed its The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),
and they roared back in July for another set of sold-out performances
of The Complete History of America (Abridged). Invited to return
the next season, RSC repeated its success with a June 1 - July 3, 1995,
reprise of The Complete History of America (Abridged),and added
another goofy compendium, The Complete Word of God (Abridged),
July 5 - August 20.
Symphony Orchestra - 1993-94 Season
This season, Mstislav Rostropovich's last
as music director, included a number of appearances by his friends: Sir
Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, and Seiji Ozawa. The Orchestra's
second American Residency took place in Louisiana in February.
Steel Orchestra - October 6, 1993
Pulse-pounding performances of arrangements
from works by Smetena and Tchaikovsky, selections from Fiddler on the
Roof, waltzes, overtures, jazz, and pop tunes, conducted by Major
Edward Wad; presented by Washington Performing Arts Society.
Quartet and the Orion Quartet - November 3, 1993
The veteran Guarneri Quartet was joined by the Orion Quartet
to present a special program of string music capped by Mendelssohn's masterly
Octet in E-flat major.
Williams Jazz Series - November 13, 1993
Doug Richards, bandleader of the Richmond-based Great American
Music Ensemble, brought the music of jazz and swing legends, performing
authentic arrangements of music by Richard Rodgers (November 13), Duke
Ellington (December 11), and Dizzy Gillespie (March 10). On February 19,
1994, GAME and Richards premiered his own new full-length work - From
Rags to Riches: A Celebration of the Jazz Orchestra. Later that spring
Richards and GAME, as guests of the National Symphony Orchestra on the
NSO Pops series, performed the work to a capacity audience in the Concert
- November 19, 1993
The spectacular and profound Italian pianist returned to perform
in Washington, D.C., after an absence of more than 30 years. Other performances
in the Terrace Concerts this season included pianists Paul Badura-Skoda,
John O'Conor, and Awadagin Pratt in his Terrace Theater debut, as well
as England's Guildhall String Ensemble, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
Trio, the Naumburg Award-winning Eroica Trio, and violinist Chee-Yun ,
among others. The family series presented families in music: The three
brothers and sister of the Ying Quartet; cellist Allison Eldredge and
her mother, pianist Yoshie Akimoto; and the stunning combination of violin
virtuoso Corey Cerovsek and his sister, pianist Katja Cerovsek.
Cook - December 14, 1993 - January 2, 1994
The great theatrical singer returned with a holiday program
piano & fortepiano - February 17, 1994
The distinguished Austrian pianist and scholar performed music
of Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, and Beethoven, using a fortepiano for earlier
works and a modern piano for later music.
of Ancient Music - March 9, 1994
Performing under the direction of Academy founder Christopher
Hogwood, with Simon Standage, violinist, and Frank de Bruine, oboist,
the ensemble performed Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel; presented by Washington
Performing Arts Society.
Bartoli - March 25, 1994, and Thomas Hampson - April 28, 1994
Two celebrated singers in their Washington
debut recitals; presented by Washington Performing Arts Society.
Jazz at the Kennedy Center - May 23, 1994
Designed to acquaint listeners with the rich history and diversity
of American jazz through performance, musical examples, and discussion,
this 26-session series is a joint project of the Kennedy Center and National
Public Radio, which will begin to release programs recorded live at the
Kennedy Center beginning in the fall of 1995. Guests of Billy Taylor and
his Trio are Frank Wess, Jon Hendricks, Arturo Sandoval, Kenny Burrell,
Clark Terry, Jane Ira Bloom, Ray Barretto, Gary Burton, Marian McPartland,
Jon Faddis, Wallace Roney, Milt Jackson, Turtle Island String Quartet,
James Moody, Ernie Andrews, Benny Golson, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Kennedy,
Jr., Dianne Reeves, Lee Konitz, Harry Sweets Edison, Nancy Wilson, Joe
Williams, Larry Coryell, Antonio Hart, and Stanley Turrentine.
Symphony Orchestra - June 17, 1994
Mstislav Rostropovich was paid tribute with Salute to Slava,
featuring Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sir Neville Marriner, Awadagin
Pratt, Chee-Yun, and others. The program was telecast nationally as part
of Kennedy Center Presents, a co-production with WETA-TV.
Opera - November 13 - 28, 1993; February 26 - March 20, 1994
Nelly Miriciolu triumphed as Anna Bolena; revivals of critically
acclaimed productions of Un Ballo in Maschera and Madama Butterfly
also won plaudits.
Opera - December 18, 1993 - February 13, 1994
The world premiere of Dominick Argento's The Dream of Valentino
was the highlight of the company's Eisenhower Theater season. Also performed
were The Daughter of the Regiment starring Tracy Dahl, and Ariadne
Dance Company - February 22 - 27, 1994
Seven spectacular works were performed,
including old favorites -- Arden Court, Esplanade -- and two
Washington, D.C. premieres: A Field of Grass and Spendthrift.
- March 22 - 27, 1994
Breakers, by modern dance genius Merce Cunningham, was the fifth premiere
ballet in the Kennedy Center Ballet Commissioning Project. This world-renowned
company also performed a full-length Don Quixote and Twyla Tharp's energetic
In the Upper Room.
Dance Company - March 23 - 23, 1994
Founded by its award-winning director/choreographer Bella Lewitzky,
this company was presented as part of Dance America by the Kennedy Center
Ballet - April 6 - 17, 1994
The highlight of the three-program engagement was Anthony Dowell's world
premiere of Sleeping Beauty with stunning sets and costumes by Phantom
of the Opera designer Maria Bjornson. Also showing off this celebrated
company was the full-length tragedy Mayerling and Kenneth MacMillan's
delightful Tales of Beatrix Potter and The Dream.
of Harlem - April 19 - May 1, 1994
In the company's 25th anniversary season, Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell's
signature style was demonstrated fully with stunning productions of Michael
Smuin's A Song for Dead Warriors, Alvin Ailey's The River, and Balanchine's
Allegro Brilliante. Forty young local dancers from the Kennedy Center-DTH
Washington, D.C. Residency joined principals in Bach Passacaglia. Ron
Cunningham's wild Etosha was featured. In April 1995 DTH returned, continuing
its annual visits and ongoing residency.
Ballet - May 17 - 22, 1994
The company returned to Washington with the world premiere of the sixth
work created by the Kennedy Center Ballet Commissioning Project: Donald
McKayle's colorful Gumbo Ya-Ya, plus Mark Morris's Maelstrom.
With Laurie Anderson - September 30, 1993
The quirky performance artist returned
to open Something New at the Kennedy Center. The season included clown Bob
Berkey, a showing of the classic Charlie Chaplin film The Gold Rush
with the musical score restored and conducted by Gilian Anderson, the stunning
neon light show presented by Theatre Fantastique Matrix, and the Liz Lerman
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 5, 1993
Honoring Johnny Carson, Arthur Mitchell, Georg Solti, Stephen Sondheim,
and Marion Williams.
Within, The Arts of Japan - March 28 - 30, 1994
Concurrently with the opening of the National Cherry Blossom
Festival, the Kennedy Center presented, for the first time in the United
States, a display of Neputa, the unique harvest festival parade floats
from the northern Japanese city of Hirosaki, in the Atrium. A program
by Saeko Ichinoe and Company, blending traditional Japanese costumes and
movement with contemporary dance, followed in the Terrace Theater.
West - September 10 - October 9, 1994
Ruby Dee starred in this play by Pearl
Cleage portraying the lives of black women in turn-of-the-century Nicodemus,
Nativity - December 20, 1994 - January 1, 1995
Langston Hughes's dazzling gospel play retells the Christmas
story in music and dance.
- December 20 - January 21, 1995
Tommy, the first rock opera, brought rave reviews and a younger crowd
to the Kennedy Center; directed by Des McAnuff with music and lyrics by
Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - January 29 - February
Matthew Broderick starred in this Frank Loesser/Abe Burrows show - and
he won the 1995 Tony Award for his performance.
for You - May 16 - June 18, 1995
Winner of three 1992 Tony Awards, this toe-tapping musical includes many
of the great George Gershwin's most beloved tunes with choreography by
on the 23rd Floor - March 28 - April 23, 1995
Howard Hesseman and Lewis J. Stadlen led the cast of jokers
in Neil Simon's play set in the 1950s, the heyday of comic television.
in America - May 2 - June 8 (Part I), and June 9 - July 9 (Part
Winner of both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama,
playwright Tony Kushner describes his two-part epic (I: Millennium
Approaches; II: Perestroika) as a gay fantasia on national
themes. The production was developed and brought to fruition through the
Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays.
Symphony Orchestra - September 9 - 11, 1994
Music Director Designate Leonard Slatkin
led the Orchestra for the first time since the spring 1994 announcement
that he would be the fifth music director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - October 1, 1994
Sir Neville Marriner, with 15-year-old
violinist Leila Josefowicz, who made her Washington debut the previous
season with the Academy and Marriner, returned under the auspices of Washington
Performing Arts Society.
Chamber Symphony - October 7, 1994 - March 11, 1995
The Washington Chamber Symphony, Stephen Simon, music director
(formerly known as the Handel Festival Orchestra), has presented an annual
subscription series of concerts in the Terrace Theater since the fall
of 1982. The programs initially focused on the music of Handel and other
baroque composers, but Simon has recently expanded the orchestra's repertoire
to include all musical eras.
- October 8, 1994, and Jessye Norman - April 10, 1995
WPAS presented the Washington debut recital of Ms. Mignenes,
and the great soprano Jessye Norman returned to her hometown with pianist
with Julianne Baird - December 7, 1994
Authentic period instruments and Baird's lovely soprano voice
brought a freshness to the many Christmas and holiday concerts presented
by the Kennedy Center.
Center Messiah Sing-Along - December 23, 1994
Since its opening, as a gift to the community, the Kennedy Center
has annually presented numerous free events and low-priced performances
in its public spaces and halls during the December holiday season. Each
year the free Messiah Sing-Along has attracted an overflow audience of
participants to the Concert Hall on December 23. Other events presented
annually in the Concert Hall during the Kennedy Center Holiday Celebration
include WMAL's Christmas Eve at the Kennedy Center (free), a live, four-hour
broadcast from the Concert Hall featuring local talent; The Spirit of
Gospel Music, a free concert featuring local gospel choirs and singers;
and New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center, a paid admission concert performed
for the past two seasons by members of the National Symphony Orchestra
and followed by dancing in the Grand Foyer free to all.
Symphony Orchestra - January 12-17, 1995
Music Director Designate Leonard Slatkin returned to lead the
NSO in Mahler's Second Symphony (Resurrection), with soloists Elizabeth
Futral and Claudine Carlson and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
The final performance was attended by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
McNeil Jubilee Singers - January 26, 1995
Well into a Terrace Concerts season of
32 concerts presenting artists and ensembles as different as the Stuttgart
Chamber Orchestra with guest violist Kim Kashkashian, conducted by Dennis
Russell Davies, and a solo flute recital by Paula Robison, the Albert
McNeil Jubilee Singers arrived to take the audience by storm with a joyous
celebration of songs arising from the deep roots of black music in American
society. Two months later countertenor Derek Lee Ragin amazed his audience
with a demonstration of his unusual gift, a male alto voice of the greatest
clarity and purity, in songs from the baroque to Barber. Ragin capped
his recital with a round of spirituals.
All-Stars - February 11, 1995
The sold-out A Cappella All-Stars- Brock and the Rockets, the
Metronomes, Reverb, and Barry Hemphill's Arlington Metropolitan Chorus
Ensemble - opened Washington, Front & Center!, an ongoing series presenting
the best of Washington-area artists and companies.
- March 22, 1995
WPAS presented the versatile jazz and classical trumpet virtuoso,
performing with his quartet including jazz stars Ali Jackson (drums),
Eric Reed (piano), and Reuben R. Rogers (bass).
A Summer Music Festival - June 23 - 25, 1995
Christopher Hogwood, artistic director
For the third consecutive season, Christopher Hogwood has led the National
Symphony Orchestra in this three-day series of lectures, concerts, and
demonstrations which each year has explored a different aspect of Mozart's
life and music.
Opera - November 13 - 27, 1994; March 18 - April 9, 1995
A stunning new Carmen starring Denyce Graves concluded the season. Repertory
also included a new production of Faust, the cherished Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
production of Le Nozze di Figaro, and the first American staging in more
than 80 years of Tiefland.
Opera - December 31, 1994 - February 19, 1995
The Bartered Bride was a Washington premiere; Brenda
Harris sang her first Semele, and Vanessa, winner of a Pulitzer Prize,
returned to the repertory in a provocative new production during the company's
Eisenhower Theater season.
Ballet - October 11 - 16, 1994
The centerpiece of the Kennedy Center Festival Australia, this world-renowned
company performed Don Quixote plus a mixed bill featuring recent works by
young Australian choreographers.
Ballet - October 18 - 23, 1994
The Pennsylvania Ballet gave the world premiere of the sixth ballet created
through the Kennedy Center Ballet Commissioning Project - David Parsons's
Mood Swing - and Swan Lake.
Productions - January 10 - 11, 1995
The opening of this season's Dance America series presented
by WPAS and the Kennedy Center, this energetic, youthful company from
New York employs street dancing to enliven their modern choreography.
Ballet Theatre - February 28 - March 5, 1995
Playing to a nearly sold-out crowd, American Ballet Theatre performed
Manon as well as the world premiere of Twyla Tharp's How Near Heaven.
de Marseille Roland Petit - March 7 - 12, 1995
Luigi Bonino starred as Charlie Chaplin in Petit's Chaplin
Recital with Dance - March 8, 1995
The world-renowned violinist, with pianist Staffan Scheja, performed
a program of music by Stravinsky and Ravel, capping the concert with Stravinsky's
Duo concertante featuring two principal dancers of the New York
City Ballet - Darci Kistler and Nikolaj Hübbe.
Ballet - April 25 - 30, 1995
The highlight of the Kennedy Center's Salute to Florida (honoring the
state's sesquicentennial), this young company's Washington, D.C., debut
featured the world premiere of the seventh Kennedy Center commissioned
ballet - Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Mystery of the Dancing Princesses -
as well as a full-length Jewels.
Center Festival Australia: - October 1994
Chamber Made Opera:
Medea - October 11 - 12
Melbourne's Chamber Made Opera brought its critically acclaimed, modern
production of the age-old, tragic story of a woman scorned and her family.
Oz - October 12 - 16, 1994
The Kennedy Center Festival Australia presented Australia's
fabulous and funny avant-garde circus troupe.
with Zoe Caldwell - October 13
The veteran actress Zoe Caldwell spent an evening regaling the audience
with stories from her long and distinguished stage career.
Dance Company - October 14
Tjapukai, from Queensland, gave a program of authentic Aboriginal music
Harvey - October 15
Pianist Michael Harvey, co-winner of the 1993 Ivo Pogorelich International
Solo Piano Competition, brought a program of works by contemporary Australian
Films (AFI Theater) - October 10 - 16
Urban Australian films were shown in the AFI Theater
Australian Authors (Library & Theater Lab) - October 10 - 16
For the first time the Center presented readings by prominent authors:
Thomas Keneally, Robert Hughes, Jill Ker Conway, Frank Moorhouse, Glenda
Adams, Kate Grenville, Peter Carey, and David Malouf.
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 4, 1994
Honoring Kirk Douglas, Aretha Franklin, Morton Gould, Harold Prince, and
of the Samurai: Flashing Swords and Fighting Kites - March 26 - 28, 1995
This Japan Festival program included, in the Atrium, a display
of the Fighting Kites of Shirone, with demonstrations of Kumitaiko drumming
and Tate ceremonial sword fighting. Following a brief intermission during
which Japanese-style refreshments were served, the Japanese folk drama
Akoh-Gishi was performed depicting a legendary incident in 1701 when the
Akoh Samurai rebelled against the stern rule of the Shogunate.
Dolly! - September 12 - October 8, 1995
The Kennedy Center's 25th anniversary
theater season opened with Carol Channing starring in a sparkling new
production of one of the most beloved musical comedies.
Class - September 14 - October 22, 1995
Theater legend Zoe Caldwell returned in a pre-Broadway engagement
of Terrence McNally's stunning new work, which went on to earn Tony Awards
for both the actress and the playwright..
Women - November 7 - December 3, 1995
Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play was one of the
year's theatrical highlights.
- January 2 - 28, 1996
John Davidson, Andrea McArdle, Kathryn Crosby, and Donna
McKechnie starred in Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair.
Night's Dream - February 21 - March 17, 1996
The Kennedy Center co-produced the Royal Shakespeare Company's
American tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which played the Eisenhower
Theater before moving to Broadway.
- April 17 - May 19, 1996
As part of the its longstanding commitment to fostering new
plays and playwrights, the Kennedy Center collaborated with Crossroads
Theatre Company to produce Nomathemba, a South African drama with
music by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
and the Beast - June - September 1996
This Washington premiere engagement set box office records
during a four-month run.
Symphony Orchestra - 1995 - 96
The NSO celebrated the legacy of Ludwig
van Beethoven throughout the season, performing all of the composer's
symphonies and concertos, and offered the premieres of 25 new fanfares
by American composers commissioned by the Kennedy Center (with support
from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund) in honor of its 25th
Mary Lou Williams
Women in Jazz Festival - April 29 - May 1, 1996
This festival brought established stars like Marian McPartland
together with up-an-comers like Dee Dee Bridgewater and Diva---No Man's
Band for three days of performances, seminars, films, and free lunchtime
jam sessions in the Grand Foyer.
Opera - November 4 - 25, 1995; March 10, 1996
The 40th anniversary season opened
with Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller. In March, The Domingo Gala
honoring incoming Artistic Director Placido Domingo. Repertory also included
Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Der Rosenkavalier.
Dancing - 1995 - 96
The Kennedy Center launched an ambitious
five-year retrospective of modern dance, paying tribute to immortals including
the pioneering choreographer Isadora Duncan, the fabled Denishawn school,
the team of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, and Jose Limon.
Dance Theatre - October 14, 1995
Cloud Gate presented the American
premiere of Nine Songs, a contemporary dance drama based on classical
Stages Balanchine - October 17 - 22, 1995
Attracting international attention during a week of performances in the
Opera House, the Kennedy Center commissioned a one-time-only staging of
George Balanchine ballets by his protégé and muse, Suzanne
Dance Company - November 2 - 5, 1995
The Martha Graham Dance Company offered a 50th-anniversary
staging of Appalachian Spring, along with the world premiere of
theater artist Robert Wilson's critically acclaimed tribute to Martha
Graham, Snow on the Mesa.
The Joffrey Ballet
of Chicago - December 6 - 17, 1995
With support from the Kennedy Center Ballet Commissioning
Project, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago premiered Legends, five
dances by women choreographers.
Theatre - March 26 - 31, 1996
Highlights included performances of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's
evening-length Romeo and Juliet.
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 1995
Honoring Jacques d'Amboise, Marilyn Horne, Riley B.B. King,
Sidney Poitier, and Neil Simon.
- March 25 - 30, 1996
For its annual springtime celebration of the arts of Japan,
the Kennedy Center commissioned a room-size bamboo installation from sculptor/painter/filmmaker
The Kennedy Center
25th Anniversary Gala: A Salute to the Performing Arts -
April 27, 1996
The Kennedy Center marked a quarter-century with a spectacular
gala performance and dinner celebrating this nation's achievements in
the performing arts. Highlights of the evening included performances by
the National Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, the American Ballet
Theatre, musical theater star Colm Wilkinson, actor Richard Dreyfuss,
vocalist Aretha Franklin, Dr. Billy Taylor with the jazz big band Diva,
and many, many others.
Klein - September 17
- October 20, 1996
Legendary actress Uta Hagen returned
in the psychological drama Mrs. Klein.
Yankees - December 10, 1996 - January 12, 1997
Jerry Lewis held court as the Devil in the smash Broadway
revival of Damn Yankees.
- February 22 - March 30, 1997
The Kennedy Center staged acclaimed playwright David Henry
Hwang's new work, developed by the Kennedy Center Fund for New American
King and I - April 16 - May 18, 1997
The Kennedy Center's Tony-winning co-production of Rodgers
& Hammerstein's The King and I transported Opera House audiences
to 19th-century Siam, with help from an international cast that included
screen and stage star Hayley Mills.
- April 29 - May 25, 1997
The Kennedy Center co-produced (with Los Angeles' Center
Theater Group) playwright Athol Fugard's haunting, lyrical poem to the
new South Africa, Valley Song.
of the Opera - June - October 1997
This blockbuster musical played for its third sold-out summer
- June 4 - August 31, 1997
Audiences were thrilled to see the newest musical by Andrew
Lloyd Webber: By Jeeves, an adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves-and-Wooster
stories that Lloyd Webber created with playwright/director Alan Ayckbourn.
Symphony Orchestra with Bobby McFerrin -
November 23, 1996
Music man Bobby McFerrin wowed Washingtonians
when he conducted the National Symphony Orchestra concerts for families
and school children.
Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin - April 3 - 5,
As part of the African Odyssey festival, Leonard Slatkin
conducted African Portraits, an opera combining jazz performers
and the symphony orchestra tracing the effect of slavery upon the world.
Opera - November 9 - December 1, 1996
Repertory included Il Guarany
and La Boheme.
Dancing - 1996 - 97
The second season of the Center's
ambitious retrospective of 20th-century modern dance, America Dancing,
featured the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre,
THARP!, and The Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Theatre - October 1996
The ballet season featured ABT's full-length Romeo and
of Harlem - April 8 - 13, 1997
The annual return of DTH coincided with the conclusion of
the fourth season of the Kennedy Center/Dance Theatre of Harlem Community
Initiative in Dance, which has enabled more than 200 talented young dancers
from the Washington area to study with DTH instructors and perform with
Garth Fagan Dance
- April 22 - 23, 1997
As part of the multi-year African Odyssey festival, choreographer
Garth Fagan was commissioned to create an African-themed work for young
Center 25th Birthday Open House Arts Festival -
September 8, 1996
The 12th annual open house offered
free performances of music, theater, and dance.
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 1996
Honoring Edward Albee, Benny Carter, Johnny Cash, Jack Lemmon,
and Maria Tallchief.
- debuted March 1997
As part of Chairman James A. Johnson's "Performing Arts
for Everyone" initiative and its commitment to a free performance
every day of the year, the Center debuted the Millennium Stage with an
opening weekend that drew audiences totaling more than 8,000.
Simon's Proposals -
October 1 - 26, 1997
It was affairs of the heart, the ties that bind, and plenty of laughter
to go with them in this pre-Broadway production of Pulitzer Prize winner
Neil Simon's newest work.
Joe's Cafe - December 23, 1997 - January 18, 1998
This smash Broadway hit rocked and rolled to the '50s and '60s tunes written
by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller -- from Elvis' pelvis-grinding "Hound
Dog" to the Coasters' sassy "Yakety Yak."
- January 20 - February 15, 1998
The Kennedy Center staged Michael Bennett's glittering, tune-filled tale
of a '60s girl group clawing its way to the top. Winner of six Tony Awards.
of the Knight - April 17 - 26,
1998; July 7 - 19, 1998
Debbie Allen's hip, dance-driven drama, an original Kennedy
Center production, was adapted from the classic fairy tale The Twelve
May 28 - July 19, 1998
Harold Prince directed the Tony-winning revival of this landmark musical.
Company - June 9 - 21, 1998; June 24 - July 5,
A mini-festival of four plays, including Hamlet and
Cymbeline, featured the troupe recognized around the world as the
foremost contemporary interpreters of Shakespeare's works.
of America's Music - October 26, 1997
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
and the Kennedy Center presented A Celebration of America's Music, hosted
by Bill Cosby.
Festival - June 11 -13, 1998
Dominican-born jazz pianist Michel Camilo served as artistic
director for this festival also featuring Latin-jazz superstars Arturo
Sandoval and Paquito D'Rivera.
Opera - November 12 - 29, 1997; January 7 - February
14, 1998; March 7 - 28, 1998
Repertory included Romeo and Juliette,
The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni.
Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company - October 31 -
November 2, 1997
This spectacular and moving program
featured the world premiere of We Set Out Early . . . Visibility Was
Poor, performed to music by Igor Stravinsky and contemporary Latvian
Peteris Vasks, and featuring video images created by the acclaimed art
photographer Lynn Davis.
Ballet of Chicago - December 9-14, 1997
Ballet Russes' adventurous spirit
lives on in the legendary Joffrey Ballet, which performed its predecessor's
brilliant and beloved works -- including Nijinsky's L'Aprés-midi d'un
faune and Leonide Massine's Parade -- along with two contemporary
classics from Gerald Arpino, Kettentanz and Sea Shadow.
Tribute to the
Solo - March 3 - 5, 1998
An all-star exploration of one of our most powerful forms
of expression, this evening of dance featured a collection of today's
greatest dancers presenting dynamite solos created by Martha Graham, Jane
Dudley, Helen Tamiris, Mary Wigman, Martha Clarke, and others.
Theatre - April 7 - 12, 1998
The extraordinary ABT returned to its favorite stage for
performances featuring a brand-new staging of Fredric Franklin's Coppélia,
Tudor's incendiary Pillar of Fire, and Balanchine's elegant Theme
Stage - 1997 - 98
As part of Chairman James A. Johnson's
"Performing Arts for Everyone" initiative and its commitment
to a free performance every day of the year, the Millennium Stage continued
to draw large crowds of people -- many of them new to the Kennedy Center,
and some of them attending a live performance for the very first time.
The Kennedy Center
Open House: A Salute to the Circus - September
The 13th annual open house offered free performances of music,
theater, and dance.
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 1997
Honoring Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, Charlton Heston, Jessye
Norman, and Edward Villella.
The Kennedy Center
Art of the State "Israel at 50: A Celebration of Statehood"
Festival - Spring 1998
Featured Gesher Theatre in Isaac Babel's City (Odessa
Stories), The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv - Itim Ensemble in Va
Yomer. Va Yelech. (And He Said. And He Walked.), and the Kibbutz Contemporary
Tiger - September 22 - November
As part of The Kennedy Center African Odyssey, the internationally acclaimed
playwright Athol Fugard returned to the Center with his latest play. The
Captain's Tiger is a wryly funny tale about an innocent young man who,
dreaming of fame as a writer, signs on for a voyage on a bucket of bolts
bound for the seamiest ports in Asia.
Fire - November 10-December 6, 1998
This play, a moving portrait of an unforgettable family of international
eccentrics marooned by fate in Buenos Aires at the time of Eva Peron's
death, was developed with the help of the 1998 Kennedy Center Fund for
New American Plays.
Get Your Gun - January 1 - 24, 1999
Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat starred in this sassy revival of Irving
Berlin's 1946 smash hit that produced such Broadway classic tunes as "You
Can't Get a Man With a Gun," "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly,"
"Anything You Can Do," and "There's No Business Like Show
Game - April 6-May 2, 1999
L. Coburn's Pulitzer prize-winning comedy of a rivalry and budding romance
between two stubborn retirees who break through their loneliness to forge
a friendship over a tumultuous series of gin games was directed by Charles
Nelson Riley and starred Tony Award-winners Julie Harris and Charles Durning.
and Tuna - June 1-6, 1999
Joe Sears and Jason Williams brought the third installment of their Tuna
series to the Kennedy Center for three weeks of hilarity.
The Reduced Shakespeare
Company in The Complete Millennium Musical (Abridged) - June
1-July 25, 1999
This over-the-top trio of actors performed their side-splitting, musical
version of the history of the world to sell-out audiences.
- July 7 - August 25, 1999
The extraordinary success of Titanic, a Kennedy Center co-production,
is documented in its five Tony Awards, its huge box office, and rave reviews.
Orchestra - September 10-19, 1998
The Beethoven Festival returned with guest artistic director Robert Shaw
in what were to be his last performances with the NSO. Beethoven's choral
works were the centerpiece of this festival. Works performed included
Missa Solemnis in D major, Opus 123; the Choral Fantasy,
Opus 80; and Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Festival performers included
the Cathedral Choral Society, Dominique Labelle, Marietta Simpson, Richard
Clement, Nathan Berg, and The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Norman
Scribner, music director.
100th Anniversary - February 5, 1999
The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution joined in this celebration
of this great, seminal figure in jazz. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks
Orchestra was conducted by David Baker, and The Billy Taylor Trio, and
guest artists including FIND FILE.
Concert: A Celebration of Latin Music - July 15, 1999
Hosted by actor/director Edward James Olmos, this high-energy performance
was sold out. The event starred leading artists including Cachao, Paquito
D'Rivera, Sheila E, Gloria Estefan, and José Feliciano. The program
was taped by WETA-TV for later broadcast on PBS as part of the series
"The Kennedy Center Presents."
Opera - October 24 - November 28, 1998; February
13 - March 24, 1999
A season of five first Washington Opera productions opened with superstars
Mirella Freni and Plácido Domingo in Fedora. José
Cura and Denyce Graves starring in the title roles of Samson et Dalila,
with Plácido Domingo conducting. Simon Boccanegra starred
bass baritone Simon Estes and the cast of Boris Godunov was led
by bass Samuel Ramey in the tour-de-force title role. The North American
premiere of the rarely performed Sly starred José Carreras
who made his Washington Opera in his first appearance in an American opera
production since 1987. Tristan und Isolde featured some of Europe's
Theater - September 29 - October 4, 1998
One of America's greatest companies returned to the Kennedy Center with
two programs including The Merry Widow, Jerome Robbins' Fancy
Free, Anthony Tudor's Pillar of Fire, and Clark Tippet's Bruch
Violin Concerto No. 1.
Ballet - December 9 - 13, 1998 and December 15-20, 1998
In its only U.S. engagement, the Kennedy Center brought the Stanislavsky
Ballet with two productions in their American premieres: the company's
lauded holiday production of The Nutcracker and it new, landmark
production of Swan Lake, staged by the preeminent Soviet choreographer
of Harlem - March 30 - April 4, 1999
Dance Theater of Harlem celebrated its 30th season with many reasons to
rejoice. This internationally acclaimed troupe of extraordinary young
dancers came to the Kennedy Center with a distinguished repertoire that
included works by the 20th century's masters.
- April 16 - 18, 1999
The Philadelphia Dance Company returned to the Kennedy Center's Imagination
Celebration for another "soul-stirring" (The Washington Post)
performance geared towards young people.
Ballet - June 8 - 13, 1999
In its first Kennedy Center engagement the Royal Swedish ballet danced
a collection of works by the legendary Ballet Suedois.
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 6, 1998
Honoring Bill Cosby , John Kander & Fred Ebb, Willie Nelson, André
Previn, and Shirley Temple (Black)
- November 3 - 28, 1999
Andrew McCarthy starred, with the Broadway cast, in Warren Leight's Tony
Award-winning hit Side Man, a touching, humorous eulogy for the
ghosts, sometimes living, in the halls of the American family and the
spirits that have given their lives for music. The score included music
by Benny Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael, Donald Byrd, and others.
- February 29 - March 26, 2000
Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning first play was been praised for
its script, stagecraft and stunningly acted portrayal of the life and
death of a woman-a scholar steeped in the prose and poetry of John Donne.
Judith Light starred.
- April 11 - May 7, 2000
This play by Yasmina Reza and starring Judd Hirsch, revolves around the
purchase by Serge, a Parisian dermatologist, of a modern painting-white
stripes on a white canvas, and its effect on three friends. (The play
won the 1995 Moliere Award for its original Paris production, received.
the 1996/97 Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award in London
and the Broadway production of Art won the 1998 Tony for Best Play.)
Party - June 17-July 16, 2000
Neil Simon set this hilarious comedy in a gilded, glittering gourmet restaurant
in Paris. The ensemble cast included Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Len Cariou,
Veanne Cox, Penny Fuller, and Anette Michelle Sanders. It was directed
by John Rando in its pre-Broadway engagement.
Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven Festival, September
8 - 18, 1999
Music Director Leonard Slatkin led this year's festival, devoted to all
the works for solo instrument and orchestra, including several fragments
of concertos left unpublished at Beethoven's death. Featured artists were
Hilary Hahn, the Ying Quartet, Garrick Ohlsson, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
Trio, in addition to members of the National Symphony Orchestra.
New Year's Eve
with Billy Taylor and Friends - December 31, 1999
A stellar 1999-2000 jazz season was highlighted by a star-studded, live
nationwide Millennium New Year's Eve public radio broadcast from the Terrace
Theater featuring the Billy Taylor Trio, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine,
guitarist Russell Malone, vocalist Marlena Shaw, trumpeter Terence Blanchard,
and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.
Andsnes, pianist - January 22, 2000
Commissioned by the Washington Performing Arts Society, Mark Anthony Turnage's
new work for piano received its world premiere during this recital by
Leif Ove Andsnes.
Dame Cleo Laine
and the John Dankworth Group - February 11, 2000
British jazz artist Dame Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Group returned
as part of the Louis Armstrong Legacy series to premiere three new works
commissioned for Laine by the Kennedy Center: "The Fools of Time,"
by composer Frank Proto and lyricist John Chenault; "The Morning
of the Imminent" (Millennium Suite), by jazz composer Tommy Smith
and the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Scotland Edwin Morgan; and "The
Bard Sings," by John Dankworth using poems by William Shakespeare.
Works representing the 20th-century masters of jazz and popular music
were also performed to the sell-out house.
and André Michel Schub - February 19, 2000
Miró String Quartet with violist Donald Weilerstein - March 26,
A stellar violin/piano duo and a prize-winning quartet joined by an acclaimed,
veteran violist performed to sold-out on the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts
Opera - October 23 - November 27, 1999; February
12 - March 19, 2000
Operas spanning the years 1724 to 1955 included the first American staging
in more than 90 years of Jules Massanet's Le Cid, starring Plácido
Domingo as the legendary Spanish hero. Rigoletto, Susannah,
Julius Caesar, a new production of Puccini's Tosca in celebration
of the 100th anniversary of the opera's premiere, and Otello, conducted
by Placido Domingo and starring José Cura and Ian DeNolfo, who
alternated in the title role.
Guerre - December 23, 1999 - January 16,
Martin Guerre, a classic of French literature, was adapted as a
musical by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and produced
by Cameron Mackintosh.
Opera - December 29, 1999 - January 25, 2000
Bellini's lyrical and romantic bel canto opera, I Puritani,
was presented for the first time.
Stages the Masters of 20th Century Ballet - October 21 - 24, 1999
The Kennedy Center produced a world premiere production for the Millennium
Season, Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th Century Ballet.
Suzanne Farrell, one of the icons of 20th century ballet, takes her cue
from the masters of ballet with whom she studied, danced and admired.
The works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Maurice Béjart
took on a new life with Ms. Farrell and the grace of the company she selected.
Theatre - March 21 - 26, 2000
ABT brought two world premiere productions: The Russian classic Swan
Lake choreographed after Petipa by company artistic director Kevin
McKenzie and Variations on a Theme by Haydn choreographed by Twyla
The Houston Ballet
- March 28 - April 2, 2000
The full-length ballet Dracula, choreographed by Ben Stevenson,
gave an Eastern European literary legend artistic perspective of the New
Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater - May 2 - 7, 2000
In partnership with the Kennedy Center, the Washington Performing Arts
Society co-presented the return of the internationally praised Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theater, with all new works by up-and-coming choreographers
Ron Brown and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.
The Bolshoi Ballet
- May 30 - June 4, 2000
This seminal company, brought to the United States for the first time
in a decade by the Kennedy Center, began a triumphant, critically acclaimed
five-city tour at the Center. The Bolshoi's performances showcased its
original production of Romeo and Juliet-a collaboration in the
1940s of the choreographer Leonid Lavrovsky, the composer Prokofiev, and
the legendary Bolshoi ballerina Ulanova, and its new staging of Don
Quixote by company artistic director Alexei Fadeechev.
Kennedy Center Honors Gala - December 5, 1999
Honoring comedian and pianist Victor Borge, actor Sean Connery, dancer
and teacher Judith Jamison, actor Jason Robards, and singer and songwriter
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