Renée Fleming & Vanessa Williams Headline Reopening of Kennedy Center

By Francisco Salazar

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the first performance in front of a live audience in months.

The performance, scheduled for Sept. 26, will feature Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams in a concert entitled “A Time to Sing: An Evening with Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams.” The concert will feature music direction by Rob Mathes and a new song was written especially for this concert by Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa.

The concert will launch the innovative On Stage at the Opera House series, designed to safely bring back live performing arts to the National Cultural Center. The configuration of the theater has been re-imagined to place the artists on a 30 x 24-foot stage extension built over the orchestra-level seating area.

An invited audience of 40 people will enter through the wide loading doors on the Center’s front plaza and will sit in physically-distanced pairs on the stage facing the iconic red interior of the hall.

The concert will be live streamed via the Kennedy Center’s website. The Kennedy Center’s series will continue in October with Musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Gallery All-Stars, the Dover Quartet, and the Escher Quartet.