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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you calling this a "hybrid" season?

Out of an abundance of caution, we are delaying our return to live performances to January 2022. In the meantime, we wanted to showcase three pre-recorded performances given by some of the artists we had planned to show during our 2019-2020 season, but were cancelled due to the pandemic. We filmed these programs in cities around the world and made them available for our patrons to view from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Our four remaining recitals will be presented at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Where are this season's performances taking place?

The four live recitals will be held in the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

What are the COVID-19 safety guidelines for in-person performances?

To ensure our patrons’ health and security, as well as the safety of our performers and staff, the Kennedy Center has implemented the following policy effective September 1, 2021:

  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend all indoor performances and events at the Kennedy Center.
  • Children under 12 years of age and patrons with a medical condition or a closely-held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test to attend an indoor performance. Please see the full COVID safety plan for more information on what is accepted.
  • Masks are required at all times for all patrons and visitors regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces at the Kennedy Center.
  • Ticket purchasers are responsible for communicating these rules to whomever they provide tickets. Performance ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted.

For additional information, please read the Kennedy Center COVID Safety Plan and check frequently for updates.

What's the difference between online recitals and livestreamed recitals?

“Online recitals” or “virtual recitals” refers to the three pre-recorded programs with the following artists: Golda Schultz/Jonathan Ware, Joshua Hopkins/Myra Huang, and Luca Pisaroni/Maciej Pikulski. These programs are released exclusively through our website at a pay-what-you-can-rate and are not affiliated with the Kennedy Center.

The livestreamed recitals will be a live broadcast of the four in-person recitals with the following artists: David Portillo/Craig Terry, Will Liverman/Myra Huang, Elena Villalón/Kathleen Kelly, and Jamie Barton/Jake Heggie. This option will only be available to ticket holders or subscribers as an alternative to attending a performance in person. Information about this feature is still forthcoming and we appreciate your patience as we continue to adapt to this new reality.

What's included with a season subscription?

Subscriptions for the 2021-2022 season will only include our four in-person recitals at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The first three recitals will only be available online and are not included in either subscription package.

Full subscriptions are priced at $160 per person and include all four in-person performances. Mini subscriptions are priced at $90 per person and include two of the four live recitals. Single tickets for in-person recitals are priced at $50 each and will go on sale through the Kennedy Center Box Office in October.

What are the benefits of becoming a subscriber?
  1. Subscribers receive substantial discounts on the price of their tickets: the cost of each recital ticket for Full subscribers is only $40 and $45 for Mini subscribers, while single tickets cost $50 each.
  2. If you find that you are unable to use one of your subscription tickets, you can exchange it for another ticket to a different concert in our series, or receive an additional ticket to one of the other concerts you’ve already selected.
  3. Subscribers receive priority seating.
  4. Even after the subscription period has passed, you may still contact us directly to purchase additional single tickets to any of our concerts at our reduced subscriber prices with assurance that you will receive the best seats available.
  5. If you pay by credit card, you will incur no handling charge for the purchase of your subscription and additional single tickets. Non-subscribers who buy single tickets individually will incur a handling fee each time they purchase tickets for one of our concerts.
How do I subscribe?

You can subscribe online at or by phone at 202.669.1463. The deadline for current subscribers to renew their subscriptions is November 9, 2021.

How does COVID affect seating for this season?

With a capacity of just over 450 seats, clean sightlines, and clear acoustics, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater is one of the world’s finest venues in which to enjoy the intimacy of song recitals. Renewing Full subscribers can either retain seats identical to the ones they had purchased for the 2019-2020 season, or request a change by contacting us directly. Please be aware that all indoor performances will be sold at full capacity. This means there will be no physical distancing within the Terrace Theater, and you will have patrons sitting directly next to, in front of, and behind you. We will make every best effort to accommodate requests for seat changes, but please note that COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures mean aisle seat availability is extremely limited.

What's the deal with these Digital Programs?

Effective with the start of all events on its campus during the 2021-2022 season, it is now Kennedy Center policy to eschew Playbill or any other printed paper programs. Instead, the Center and its presenters are moving forward with a new Digital Program platform, which will contain the same content as a printed program, but in a convenient and contact-free digital format. Subscribers who would prefer a printed program but lack the capability of printing one at home have the option to alert us by phone or by email at least 48 hours prior to the recital so we can have one ready for pick-up at our patron desk. Large-print and Braille programs will be available for every performance through the Kennedy Center Accessibility office.

Please visit the Kennedy Center’s Digital Program page for additional information on this new feature.

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