This fall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ new REACH campus opened in Washington, D.C. The $250 million expansion, designed by Steven Holl Architects, includes classrooms, studios, rehearsal rooms, a plaza and pedestrian bridge, an outdoor video wall, and spaces designed to encourage audience-performer interactions. Inaugural celebrations in September featured a free sixteen-day festival with a parade and block party; performers and events included the National Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Washington Ballet, a screening of The Muppet Movie, singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo, jazz musicians Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain’s spoken word/dance/music work The Just and the Blind. As part of its mandate, REACH will present a rich variety of performing arts programming and events.


Caption: In September, as part of sixteen days of free performances and events to mark the opening of its new REACH expansion, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a sunrise yoga session during a day focused on Sound Health: Music and the Mind. The Kennedy Center is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, and Washington Ballet. Photo by Anna Meyer.