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The Music Quest: Answer 8
About This Daily Classroom Special
The Music Quest  focuses on discovering the wonders of our musical universe. Visit it for a musical question—a description and hints about a mystery composer, musician, instrument or musical excerpt.
The Music Quest was written  by former Teachers Network Web Mentor Kristi Thomas, a teacher at  William F. Halley Elementary School Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Answer 8

The John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a living memorial to President Kennedy, as well as one of the nation's busiest performing arts facilities. Last year, the Kennedy Center hosted 2,800 performances for audiences totaling 1.7 million. The Center has presented great performances nearly every night of the year for the past twenty-five years. These impressive concerts include performances by the Center's artistic affiliate the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as musical theater, ballet, jazz, and opera presentations by the world's most celebrated artists.

Located in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center opened its doors on September 8, 1971. It was constructed using 3,700 tons of Carrera marble, a gift from Italy. This spectacular building was created with materials from countries around the world presented to the Center as gifts in honor of President Kennedy and our nation's performing arts. The Grand Foyer, which provides access to the Center's three largest theaters--the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater--is itself one of the world's largest rooms. If the Washington Monument were laid on its side, it would fit inside the Grand Foyer with 75 feet to spare. The Kennedy Center presents daily guided tours of this beautiful landmark. Be sure to come experience the Kennedy Center the next time you visit our nation's capital.


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