Soloman Howard and soprano Csilla Boross in Verdi's "Nabucco," being performed at the Kennedy Center for the first time ever in Washington, April 18 through May 21. (Photograph provided by Washington National Opera)
**FILE** President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Let Freedom Ring Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Jan. 16, 2012. (Associated Press)
Actor-comedian Will Ferrell, who on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, received the Mark Twain Prize, the nation's top honor for humor, blows a kiss to the audience at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
The Washington National Opera's production of "Tosca" includes soprano Patricia Racette, tenor Frank Porretta and bass baritone Alan Held. Puccini's timeless masterpiece of passion and political intrigue opens the WNO's 2011-2012 season.
The Rebirth Brass Band (left) will give jazz fans "A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans" at the Kennedy Center on June 13. Freddie Young and his harmonica will top the bill for the Jazz on the National Mall show on the afternoon of June 12.
Kennedy Center honoree Oprah Winfrey and her longtime beau, Stedman Graham, pose on the red carpet on arrival at the State Department in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with Kennedy Center honorees (from second from left) Jerry Herman, Merle Haggard, Bill T. Jones and Paul McCartney while waiting for Oprah Whitney to arrive for a group photo after a dinner at the State Department in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)