- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Live music probably doesn’t rate as a need for most people. So when money is tight, concert tickets typically are a no-go.

Except, of course, if they’re free, as is the case with performances at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, which features daily free performances at 6 p.m.

The musical offerings range from hip-hop to classical, and each performance lasts about an hour. Upcoming performances this month include the New England Conservatory of Music, which will perform classical masterpieces on Friday, and “Oud Knights With Amina and Shayna: When Oud Speaks,” featuring two players of the oud (a Middle Eastern string instrument) from Bahrain on Monday.

For more information, visit www.kennedy-center.org/ programs/millennium/sched ule.html.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a Kennedy Center in your backyard, check your local library or community college for free or low-cost performances.

In this the most belt-tightening of years, let this be music to your ears.

- Gabriella Boston

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