The Kennedy Center to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial with series of programs

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up to celebrate the Ella Fitzgerald  centennial. The program will pay tribute to the artist’s legendary music through performances featuring Regina Carter, NSO Pops, and Jane Monheit.

Simply Ella
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. in the Family Theater
One of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter celebrates the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets start at $26.

Regina Carter Simply Ella

Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company
Friday and Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall
Acclaimed singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover come together, led by Principle NSO Pops conductor Steven Reineke, in a special program that showcases many of Fitzgerald’s most popular songs. The show also looks back on the unforgettable contributions of her contemporaries, including classics by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington. Tickets start at $24.

Sophisticated Ladies

The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald,Jane Monheit with special guest Nicholas Payton
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. in the Family Theater
Grammy®-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit pays a joyous tribute through her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. The vocalist will be accompanied by the outside producer and trumpeter Nicholas Payton. This beautiful homage for Fitzgerald holds profound personal and professional importance for Monheit, who found her artistic footing through the singer’s beloved songbook albums. Tickets start at $45.

Jane Monheit

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