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NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony Honors Musicians But Doesn't Let Them Play >>

This year's National Endowment for the Arts induction ceremony was a series of firsts. For one, it wasn't held at its standard Jazz at Lincoln Center venue and it also didn't feature the honorees in performance.

Terence Blanchard's 'Champion' & Q-Tip Included in Kennedy Center's Next Season Program

Terence Blanchard's 'Champion' & Q-Tip Included in Kennedy Center's Next Season Program >>

A resounding opera from an even more resounding creator, Terence Blanchard's jazz-induced Champion will be included as part the Kennedy Center's programming for next season. Beginning Sept. 22, announced the center's plans in a press conference on Tuesday.

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Renee Fleming Celebrates New Vocal Traditions with 'Chicago Voices' Initiative >>

Last week, soprano superstar Renee Fleming announced, in coordination with Chicago's Lyric Opera, a new initiative to celebrate the diverse vocal traditions interspersed throughout the Chicago area. The new program is entitled Chicago Voices and is modeled after a previous endeavor from the singer.

Watch Kendrick Lamar, National Symphony Orchestra Perform at Kennedy Center in D.C.

WATCH: Kendrick Lamar Pimps Butterflies with National Symphony at JFK Center >>

In a special one-off performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Kendrick Lamar performed 'To Pimp a Butterfly' with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Cicely Tyson, 90, Receives Kennedy Center Honors, Steps Into Broadway Play 'Gin Game'

Cicely Tyson, 90, Receives Kennedy Center Honors, Steps into Broadway Play 'Gin Game' >>

The legendary actress Cicely Tyson has had herself quite the month. First, she was one of six Kennedy Center honorees and, now, will return to Broadway with James Earl Jones in the two-character replay of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Gin Game.

Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and More Pay Tribute to Lead Belly at the Smithsonian Folkways '125' Concert

Robert Plant, Alison Krauss to Pay Tribute to Lead Belly at the Smithsonian Folkways '125' Concert >>

Among the echelon to perform at "Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster" are icons Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. The concert is set to take place April 25 at the Kennedy Center. Others who have signed up to pay tribute to the Americana heavyweight are Buddy Miller with Viktor Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Dan Zanes, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Billy Hector, Valerie June, Shannon McNally and Josh White Jr.

Mason Bates

Mason Bates Named First Ever Composer-in-Residence at The Kennedy Center >>

Composer Mason Bates has been appointed The Kennedy Center’s first ever composer-in-residence for its 2015-2016 season.

Shostakovich to Strobe Lights: National Symphony Orchestra Performs at Echostage to Younger Audience

Shostakovich to Strobe Lights: National Symphony Orchestra Performs at Echostage to Younger Audience >>

The National Symphony Orchestra may have made its most significant leap to getting a younger demographic into orchestral, bringing the power of symphonic chorus to the club--more specifically, a 3,000 cap venue called Echostage.

Vanessa Hudgens

'High School Musical' Star Vanessa Hudgens to Headline Broadway-Bound 'Gigi' >>

A newly adapted version of the Lerner and Loewe musical first hits the stage at the Kennedy Center in January 2015.

Washington National Opera to Open 2014-15 Season with ‘Florencia in the Amazon'

Washington National Opera to Open 2014-15 Season with ‘Florencia in the Amazon,’ Inspired by Writings of Gabriel García Márquez >>

Washington National Opera has chosen an unusual American opera as their season opener on September 20: 'Florencia in the Amazon,' by Mexican-American composer Daniel Catán. Soprano Christine Goerke will portray Florencia Grimaldi, a world-famous diva who is returning to her homeland of Brazil for a performance after an absence of 20 years.

Evgeny Kissin "Unforgettable" in Concert of Jewish Music and Poetry at Kennedy Center, Writes Post's Anne Midgette >>

Evgeny Kissin has pulled off a brilliant coup with his latest project, an exploration of Jewish music and Yiddish poetry--both performed by him. And the performance, at Washington's Kennedy Center, was hailed by Washington Post critic Anne Midgette as one of the finest things she had ever witnessed.

Kennedy Center Announces New President: Deborah Rutter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra >>

Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center announced on Tuesday.

Soprano Renée Fleming is the Creative Force Behind 'American Voices' and Opera 'Bel Canto' >>

Renée Fleming has steadily been making a name for herself, not just as America's leading soprano, but through a number of creative projects she has spearheaded, including the "American Voices" festival, "The Second City Guide to the Opera," and the opera "Bel Canto."

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