Washington DC is the cultural hub for visual and performing arts. With many museums, art gallery exhibits to its credit; there is one name that stands tall when it comes to performing arts. It is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, also known as the Kennedy Center.
The center is located near the Watergate complex alongside the River Potomac. It annually hosts more than 2000 performances including dance, theater, ballet, jazz, folk music etc. It is administered by the Smithsonian Institution, which also takes care of most of the museums in Washington DC.
You can take a free guided tour to the Kennedy center every weekday from 10 am to 5 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. The center also has a collection of beautiful paintings, sculptures and artworks. The center has six performance stages namely, The Concert Hall, The Opera House, The Eisenhower Theater, Terrace Theater, Theater Lab, The Family Theater, The KC Jazz Club and the Millennium Stage.
You can buy the tickets from their website or call their toll free numbers. The center hosts a number of events throughout the year. You can also dine in two restaurants and can avail the parking space as well. However, the parking space is available at $20/performance.
The center also hosts the annual Kennedy Center Honors, The Mark Twain Prize, The Kennedy Center Spring Gala, NSO Season Opening Ball and the Opera Ball. The grandeur of the building still stands unmatched. The 630-foot-long grand foyer of this building is decorated with 16 Swedish hand blown crystal chandeliers.
The National Symphony Orchestra, an affiliate of the Kennedy Center has produced many great works including the River Run. Not only this, the center has a wide array of educational program targeted towards students, teachers, families and young audiences. The main motto of these in –house radio and television productions reaching over 20 million people is to instigate an appreciation of arts in the masses.
Visiting the Kennedy Center is definitely a tribute to John F. Kennedy and the artistic heritage of America. The center has been nourishing young talent and bringing forth the dynamics of a varied heritage to people. Overall, a must visit for anyone who comes to DC.