16 Facts About Kennedy Center


President John F Kennedy was interested in bringing culture to the nation's capital, and provided leadership and support for the project.

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In 1961, President Kennedy asked Roger L Stevens to help develop the National Cultural Center, and serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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Kennedy Center has three main theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, and the Eisenhower Theater.

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The Concert Hall is the largest performance space in the Kennedy Center and is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra.

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World premiere performances of Kennedy Center-commissioned works have been offered through a commissioning program for new ballet and dance works.

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The Kennedy Center formerly supported and produced the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in performances at the center and on extended tours.

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Kennedy Center is known for its annual production of the ballet “The Nutcracker”.

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In recent years the Kennedy Center has dramatically expanded its education programs to reach young people, teachers, and families throughout the nation.

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In 2011, the Kennedy Center presented maximum INDIA, a three-week-long celebration of the arts and culture of the sub-continent.

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In 1994, the Kennedy Center appointed Dr Billy Taylor as Artistic Advisor for Jazz, and his first installation was his own radio show Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

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The annual American Residencies for the Kennedy Center is a program unique to the National Symphony Orchestra and the center.

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Kennedy Center is the only U S institution that presents a free performance 365 days a year, daily at 6pm.

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Kennedy Center has co-produced more than 300 new works of theater over the past 43 years, including Tony-winning shows ranging from Annie in 1977 to A Few Good Men, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The King and I, Titanic, and the American premiere of Les Miserables.

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Since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have been awarded annually by the center's Board of Trustees.

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The National Park Service and the Kennedy Center signed a cooperative agreement requiring each party to pay a portion of the operating and maintenance costs based on what proportion of time the building was to be used for performing arts functions.

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Kennedy Center left the organization when his contract expired in September 2014.

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