- The Kennedy Center fountain (TBD staff)
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sept. 19, and in honor of the milestone, they're giving away two tickets to every single performance of the 2011-2012 season. The giveaway is open to everyone, and the entry period begins tomorrow, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.
To be clear, KenCen is giving away two tickets to a different winner for every performance of the season, rather than giving away seats for every show to one person, a la the annual 9:30 Club giveaway. And entrants are able to state a genre preference, so that you won't get stuck with opera tickets if you're a big jazz fan, or vice versa (although "selecting a preference does not guarantee winning in the specified category," according to a press release).
Between tomorrow and Sept. 19, participants can enter online (at www.kennedy-center.org/kc40 beginning tomorrow morning), in person at the Kennedy Center box office, or by phone via Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Everyone who enters will also be eligible to win one of three Grand Prizes: Tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors(!), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony, or the NSO Season Opening Ball.
The giveaway also marks the launch of MyTix, a program designed to increase access to performances for "young people aged 18-30, the underserved, and members of the armed forces," according to the release. Full text of the announcement is below:
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—On Monday, September 19 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 40th birthday with a free ticket giveaway. The 40th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway will award two FREE tickets to every Kennedy Center–presented performance taking place throughout the 2011–2012 season. The giveaway also serves as the launch of MyTix, a program designed to increase access to performances for young people aged 18-30, the underserved, and members of the armed forces. Funded by Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and his wife Alice Rubenstein, MyTix is part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program which enables audiences to engage in more ways, at more times, and in more places than ever before.
The 40th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway is open to all. The entry period opens September 1 at 10 a.m. At that time participants will be able to register to win a pair of tickets to a performance in the 2011-2012 season. Participants may enter online by completing an entry form at kennedy-center.org/kc40, in person at the Kennedy Center Box Office, or by phone via Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons will be asked to indicate a genre preference (Theater, Ballet, Dance, Chamber Music, Jazz, National Symphony Orchestra, NSO Pops, Washington National Opera, or Family) although selecting a preference does not guarantee winning in the specified category. All who enter will also be eligible to win one of three Grand Prizes: performance tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, or the NSO Season Opening Ball. Once the registration period closes on September 19, winners will be randomly selected and then notified by email no later than September 22. Winners will be listed on the Kennedy Center website and will receive their tickets by mail.
For the official rules and regulations of the ticket giveaway visit www.kennedy-center.org/kc40.