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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)

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**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)

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Bobby McFerrin at the Kennedy Center

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Pianist and composer Jason Moran, 36, will take over as the artistic adviser for jazz at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (Kennedy Center via Associated Press)

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Comedian Will Ferrell embraces the applause at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. (Associated Press)

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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)

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Bernadette Peters stars in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies," which originated at the Kennedy Center in Washington and will run in New York through Jan. 22. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

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Actor-comedian Will Ferrell will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a Kennedy Center ceremony Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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KENNEDY CENTER 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.

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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.

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Kennedy Center honoree Jerry Herman walks the red carpet at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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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)

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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)