Tonight: Vanessa Williams & Renee Fleming Live From The Kennedy Center

L-R Renee Fleming, Vanessa Williams

On Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, two Tony nominated divas — opera legend Renée Fleming and pop star Vanessa Williams — team up for a live concert from the Kennedy Center’s storied Opera House.

It’s the first in-person event at the D.C. institution since March, and only a smattering of invited folks will be sitting in the seats.

But you can watch from home as these vocalists croon an eclectic selection of tunes, including “Children Will Listen,” “Stormy Weather” and a brand-new number by Andrew Lippa.

Isolation and harmony, fragility and resilience, oppression and hope.

These are the emotions of our time, and the subjects explored in A Time to Sing — a very personal collection of songs to be performed by two of America’s most celebrated vocalists in a unique event at the Kennedy Center.

This is a rare opportunity to view these artists and experience the healing power of the performing arts.

Tickets are just $15 and a recording will remain available through the end of the year. To purchase your ticket, click here.

Kennedy Center Announces Special Live Concert Series

Vanessa Williams to perform in special concert series at Kennedy Center (via official website)

Since the permanent audience seating can’t be moved for proper social distancing, the Kennedy Center’s famed Opera House is planning a series of concerts putting a limited-size audience onstage spread apart and the artist on an extension built on the front of the stage.

From the Kennedy Center official website:

Artists will perform from a stage extension built into the front of the Orchestra-seating level of the hall while concert-goers, entering through the wide loading doors on the Center’s front plaza, are seated in physically distanced pairs on the Opera House stage to watch performances set against the iconic red interior of the theater.

These hour-long, intermission-less concerts will take place approximately once per week for a ticketed audience of under 200 once the District of Columbia reaches phase three of reopening.

Select concerts, including performances by four-time Grammy Award® winner and National Medal of the Arts recipient Renée Fleming; Emmy®, Grammy®, and Tony Award® nominee Vanessa Williams; award-winning Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet and Broadway actress Tiler Peck; and award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Camille A. Brown, will be streamed digitally via the Kennedy Center website.

Additional artists from the worlds of jazz, hip hop, comedy, and Broadway will be announced at a later date.

Performance details and ticketing information will be announced as D.C. approaches phase three of reopening.

Imagine being your view as you take in these special concerts:

The Kennedy Center Opera House

Netflix: ‘Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall’ To Debut May 20

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Netflix has dropped the trailer for the upcoming ‘Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall‘ scheduled to debut on the streaming platform May 20.

The concert (filmed on September 29, 2019) included tracks from the Tony Award winner’s debut solo album, Sing to Me Instead, as well as selections from a very personal songbook.

In the trailer, Platt shares with the audience, “I’m a very anxious person, so I live very much in my head. I have a really hard time being present where I am, and one of the most special ways for me to do that is music.”

“The greatest gift of music is it’s something that can really bring people together,” says the Dear Evan Hansen star. “It can help you see someone in a way that you don’t expect to, and see someone’s perspective.”