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NAS Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop

 

Groundbreaking hip-hop artist Nas performs a symphonic rendition of his seminal debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra. Nas paints a densely textured lyrical portrait of life in a New York City public housing project.

 

 

The 2016 National Memorial Day Concert

 

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

 

The all-star line-up includes: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); opera superstar Renée Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; country music singer Trace Adkins; actress S. Epatha Merkerson, actor Esai Morales and vocalist Alfie Boe, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

 

This program will encore at 8:30 pm

 

Eddie Murphy:
The Mark Twain Prize

 

Salute comedian/actor Eddie Murphy, the latest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, some of the biggest names in comedy salute the 18th recipient of the humor prize, including Dave Chapelle, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Brittany Howard, George Lopez, Sam Moore, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, Joe Piscopo and Chris Rock.

 

The 2015 National Memorial Day Concert

 

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and -our troops around the world via American Forces Network. The all-star line-up includes: Grammy Award-winning music legend Gloria Estefan; “The Voice” 2014 winner Tessanne Chin; Emmy Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne; Tony Award- winning actress and singer Laura Benanti; actor/producer/director Esai Morales; distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell, US Army (Ret.); and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Jack Everly.

 

This program encores at 8:30 pm

 

The 2015 National Geographic Bee

 

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.

 

Hawaii’s State Geographic Bee winner vies for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

 

The Hispanic Heritage Awards

 

From historic Warner Theater in Washington, DC, this program honors recipients of the 27th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The 2014 honorees include: for Education, the Hayden High School Robotics Team; for Sports, Bernie Williams; for Leadership, Henry R. Munoz III; for Vision, Zoe Saldaña; for STEM, Ruben Hinojosa; Master of Arts, Pepe Aguilar; Legend, Carlos Vives; Special Recognition, 65th Infantry Regiment of the US Army “The Borinqueneers.” The awards, established by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos.