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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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Joshua Bell said the centerpiece of Tuesday's program at the Kennedy Center is the Brahms Sonata No. 1. "This is a pretty serious work, and it may be the greatest sonata written for these two instruments."

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Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites," currently running at the Kennedy Center, is set during the French Revolution, when Carmelite nuns were guillotined for refusing to renounce their faith. (Washington National Opera)

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Actress Victoria Clark will star in a new production of "Gigi" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

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Krystina Alabado, as the Mistress, sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" in the Kennedy Center production of "Evita." (Photograph by Richard Termine)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Kennedy Center shows, from left, Bert LaBonté, Sean O’Shea, Guy Edmonds in Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of “Rupert.” The Kennedy Center is hosting an international theater festival for the next three weeks, including the U.S. premiere of an Australian play about Rupert Murdoch and a dozen other productions. (AP Photo/Jeff Busby)

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This undated handout photo provided by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company shows an exhibit of puppet designs for the Kennedy Center. The company is collaborating on a new production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a project reuniting the team behind the popular play “War Horse.” The Kennedy Center is hosting an international theater festival for the next three weeks, including the U.S. premiere of an Australian play about Rupert Murdoch and a dozen other productions. (AP Photo/Handspring Puppet Company)

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"I'm especially excited to welcome New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center because we're going to 'soulify' the hall and celebrate together," vocalist Ellis Hall says. (Associated Press)

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Vocalist Ellis Hall says the first time he performed at the Kennedy Center he could "feel the presence of great people who had been there before."

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Steven Reineke will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in a show with Mr. Hall at the Kennedy Center.

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"I'm especially excited to welcome New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center because we're going to 'soulify' the hall and celebrate together," vocalist Ellis Hall says. (Associated Press)