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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – To satisfy your musical and artistic cravings, stop by Washington's renowned performing arts center, named after President John F. Kennedy, who believed the arts were an important part of American life and a significant contribution to “the human spirit.” The Kennedy Center is home to some of the best musical programs in the world, featuring ballet, jazz, opera and contemporary dance. To reserve tickets for performances or to learn more about the Center, call 202-467-4600 or visit www.dc-opera.org.

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Concert: New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center

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Gunnar Tokar (left), 15, of Damascus, Md., polishes his tuba while Anthony Makusky, 17, of Frederick, Md., makes his way onto the stage before the start of the rehearsal for "Tuba Christmas 2012" at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The two musicians were among hundreds of tuba players who came to the Kennedy Center to play in the concert, which originated in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist-teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. Participants were asked to wear bright colors. They rehearsed for two hours before performing onstage at 6 p.m. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Gunnar Tokar, left, 15, of Damascus, Md. polishes his tuba while Anthony Makusky, 17, of Frederick, Md. makes his way onto the stage before the start of the rehearsal for Tuba Christmas 2012 at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. He was one of hundreds of tuba players who came to the Kennedy Center to play in the concert, which originated in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. Participants were asked to wear bright colors. They rehearsed for two hours before performing on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Hundreds of tuba players rehearse at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 before Tuba Christmas, a concert that originated in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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One of the conductors for Tuba Christmas 2012 is seen reflected in a tuba during rehearsal at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A tuba player rehearses at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for Tuba Christmas. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A girl holds a music book for the Tuba Christmas concert at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Gunnar Tokar, 15, of Damascus, Md. polishes his tuba before the start of the rehearsal for Tuba Christmas 2012 at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. They rehearsed for two hours before performing on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Aidan Smith, 11, of Bethesda, Md. looks over the music that he and hundreds of other tuba players will perform at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tom Newman of Ashburn, Va. turns on the Christmas lights on his tuba before the start of the rehearsal for Tuba Christmas at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Students from Westfield High School in Centreville, Va., including (from left, Cathryn Kost, 16, Abigail Perez, 15, and Joseph Drzemiecki, 17, wait with their tubas in the Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center for the start of the rehearsal for Tuba Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Hundreds of tuba players came to the Kennedy Center Thursday to participate in Tuba Christmas, a concert that originated in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. Participants were asked to wear bright colors. They rehearsed for two hours before performing on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Gunnar Tokar, left, 15, of Damascus, Md. polishes his tuba while Anthony Makusky, 17, of Frederick, Md. makes his way onto the stage before the start of the rehearsal for Tuba Christmas 2012 at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. He was one of hundreds of tuba players who came to the Kennedy Center to play in the concert, which originated in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. Participants were asked to wear bright colors. They rehearsed for two hours before performing on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, second from front left, reacts as she is introduced, with wife Portia de Rossi, left, before DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Musician Jason Mraz, left, with Mona Tavakoli pose for photographers on the red carpet before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Entertainer Jimmy Kimmel, right, with his fiancee Molly McNearney, pose for photographers on the red carpet before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Actress Kristin Chenoweth poses for photographers on the red carpet before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Actress Jane Lynch poses for photographers on the red carpet, before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Actor John Leguizamo poses for photographers on the red carpet, before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Actor Sean Hayes poses for photographers on the red carpet before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)