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News Kennedy Center Gala to Feature Barbara Cook, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present its 19th annual Kennedy Center Spring Gala April 3 at 8:30 PM in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

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Entitled Michael Kaiser at the Kennedy Center: A Celebration of Ten Years, the event will be hosted by Smokey Robinson and will feature a selection of performers who have worked with Kaiser over the years.

Currently scheduled to entertain are Joshua Bell, Barbara Cook, Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marcelo Gomes and Paloma Herrera of American Ballet Theatre, members of New York City Ballet, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by music director Christoph Eschenbach.

The evening will be co-chaired by Adrienne Arsht, Betsy DeVos, Alma Gildenhorn, Helen Henderson, Ann Jordan, Alma Powell, Catherine B. Reynolds and Vicki Sant.

Michael M. Kaiser has been President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 2001.

The black-tie evening will begin with a reception on the River Terrace at 5 PM followed by an elegant dinner on the Roof Terrace level at 6 PM. The Gala performance begins at 8:30 PM in the Concert Hall. The evening concludes with ‘Til Midnight, a cocktails and dancing party, in the Roof Terrace Restaurant.

To inquire about VIP packages and the gala events surrounding this performance, e-mail [email protected] or call (202) 416-8338. Concert-only tickets are $35-$150 and can be purchased at the Kennedy Center Box Office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. For more information visit

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