Next at the Kennedy Center

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A dynamic mix of artists across hip hop, jazz, modern dance, and more perform at the Kennedy Center. Each episode weaves together performances filmed live at the Center with intimate off-stage moments contextualizing each artist’s cultural impact.

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"NEXT at the Kennedy Center," a new primetime series from The Kennedy Center and PBS, spotlights cultural leaders from the worlds of hip hop, jazz, folk, comedy, modern dance and more. Captured to match the unique style of our featured artists, each episode weaves together performances filmed live at the Kennedy Center with intimate off-stage moments, contextualizing their significance and impact on American culture.

Through the decades, the Kennedy Center has been at the forefront of reflecting the breadth of America's diverse performing arts culture. While symphony, opera, ballet, and Broadway remain at the heart of the Center's identity, hip hop, comedy, jazz, and modern dance are equally embedded within the fabric of our national cultural center.

Episode 1 | Let My Children Hear Mingus

The Kennedy Center celebrates jazz icon and social activist Charles Mingus at 100. Through performances and conversations, we explore how his outsized personality and inimitable style pushed boundaries and paved the way for future generations.

Episode 2 | A Joni Mitchell Songbook

The timeless and genre-defying work of Joni Mitchell is performed by a diverse cast of Grammy-winning artists and accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Episode 3 | The Roots Residency

Hip Hop legends The Roots give an electrifying performance during their residency at the Kennedy Center. Beyond the stage, the band endeavors to inspire others and explore the depths of their creative potential.

Episode 4 | Ballet Hispánico’s Doña Perón

Ballet Hispánico explores Evita Perón’s diverging legacies in this invigorating and emotional work. Her rags-to-riches story is interpreted through movement – following her journey from dancehall performer to Argentina’s First Lady and sudden death.

Episode 5 | Continuum: Jason Moran & Christian McBride

Music icons Jason Moran and Christian McBride collaborate for an electrifying performance at the Kennedy Center. They share stories about their legendary teachers and introduce us to their remarkable protégés.

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