- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a free concert in honor of Pope Francis’ visit to the nation’s capital.

The Kennedy Center says the free concert will be open to the public and take place on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. with ticket distribution at 6 p.m.

The concert will be on the pope’s first full day in the city, but he will not attend.

The Kennedy Center says the concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra along with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and 10-year-old jazz pianist José André Montaño. Actress Eva Longoria will also participate.

A message from Pope Francis will be read by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington. The pope leaves Washington for New York City on Sept. 24.

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