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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)