Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts

The opening of the John F. Kennedy Center in 1971 was the culmination of a dream that had been part of the Washington cultural, social and political life for nearly two centuries. The center was designed by architect Edward Durrell Stone.  There are three main theaters: A Concert Hall, an Opera House, and the Eisenhower Theater.  Since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have been awarded annually by the center's Board of Trustees. The Center now houses a number of groups and institutions, including National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Washington Ballet, Washington Performing Arts Society, and American College Theater Festival. 

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