The Kennedy Center to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Star-Studded Concert

By Logan Martell

On Sept. 14, 2021, The Kennedy Center will hold its 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert.

Hosted by Audra McDonald, this special celebration echoes the “An American Pageant for the Arts” fundraiser in 1962, and is directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, with conductors JoAnn Falletta, Steven Reineke, and Thomas Wilkins.

Among the roster of distinguished artists are Abigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Ray Chen, Robert Glasper, Joshua Henry, Bettye LaVette, Kelli O’Hara, Gaby Moreno, Kelly Marie Tran, Zhu Wang, Mo Willems, and the original cast of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s “Soft Power.” Caroline Kennedy will attend as a special guest.

“I am delighted that viewers across the country will be able to take part in the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center through this special PBS broadcast,” said Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter. “I offer my continued well wishes for Michael Tilson Thomas on his journey to health as we carry forward his vision for the evening with JoAnn, Steven, Thomas, and all of these incredible artists whose work spans the breadth and depth of the performing arts in America. This promises to be an unmissable evening in celebration of the National Cultural Center and memorial to John F. Kennedy.”

The event will be broadcasted on Oct. 1, as “The Kennedy Center at 50,” and will be available to watch on PBS,, and the PBS video app.