Welcome to Lisner

Revered as a National & DC Historical Landmark, Lisner Auditorium opened its doors for public performances in the fall of 1946. As an anchor for arts and culture at The George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium hosts world class events and activities and brings well over 100,000 visitors a year to the Foggy Bottom campus.

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Upcoming Events

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International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the leading competition for scholastic groups across the country. This event features 10 of the top a cappella groups from various colleges in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The top two groups from this event go on to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Semifinal. The winners of each Regional Semifinal go on to compete in the ICCA Finals at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Student discount available in-person at the Lisner ticket office.

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Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 8:00pm

After Trump's first State of the Union, join us for Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP, and many more will deliver the state of the climate movement. They will share stories on the urgency of the current political and climate crisis, and how we can resist the Trump Administration's attacks on our climate.

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GW & Politics and Prose Present Rose McGowan

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Rose McGowan broke the silence on her experiences as a Hollywood star. As an actress, she found herself continually on display, and her stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. She was expected to stay quiet about the realities of an inherently sexist industry. Instead, she rebelled, asserting her true identity and voice. McGowan will be in conversation with Madhulika Sikka, an independent media consultant and PBS Public Editor.

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Washington Concert Opera presents Donizetti's Maria di Rohan

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

A classic love triangle with a tragic twist, this rare bel canto work follows the story of a woman torn between the man she loves and the man to whom she is secretly married. WCO is thrilled to welcome four acclaimed artists to its stage in their company debuts: soprano Marina Costa-Jackson, tenor Norman Reinhardt, baritone Lester Lynch, and mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson. Regular-price adult tickets range from $40-110. $15 student tickets are also available at the door with valid ID or can be purchased ahead of time by email: info@concertopera.org. Performed in Italian with projected English translation.

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Wu Man & the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band presented by Washington Performing Arts

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 8:00pm

One of the world’s foremost masters of the pipa (a Chinese lute), Wu Man is well-known to U.S. audiences for her collaborations with Kronos Quartet and the Silk Road Ensemble. In this joyous multimedia program, she joins China’s Huayin Shadow Puppet Band—superstars in their home country—for an evening of traditional music and shadow puppetry.

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