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The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—the national cultural center of the United States—hosts a great variety of music, particularly on its free Millennium Stage. However, its primary focuses are classical and jazz. A welcome addition is the slate of intimate KC Jazz Club shows scheduled in the Terrace Gallery. The Center has five auditoriums. The Concert Hall is where the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Chamber Symphony (among others) perform; its acoustics are first class. The Opera House hosts dance and ballet, Broadway-style musical performances, and is the home of the Washington Opera. Productions in the Eisenhower Theater tend to have more of an edge, while the Theater Lab and Terrace Theater are the Center’s most intimate spaces.
2700 F Street, NW
|Cross street:||New Hampshire Avenue & Rock Creek Parkway|
|Transport:||Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (free shuttle 9.45am–midnight Mon-Fri; 10am–midnight Sat; noon–midnight Sun)|
|Opening hours:||Box office 10am–9pm Mon-Sat; noon–9pm Sun|