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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Time Machine - Back To The USA!

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

After their sold-out North-American tour in 2010, Russia's legendary rock-and-roll band the "Time Machine" is back in the USA. This iconic group is recognized as a "patriarch" of Russian rock music and achieved cult status among several generations in the former Soviet Union. While originally the band drew their inspiration from The Beatles, Mashina Vremeni has developed a unique voice through the years, often changing style, but most of the charm of their songs is in the melody and meaningful lyrics.

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Kronos Quartet presented by Washington Performing Arts

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 8:00pm

Experience a fascinating and moving perspective on Chinese cultural history as Grammy-winners Kronos Quartet and pipa virtuoso Wu Man tell the story of Yin Yu Tang, an elegant, 300-year-old house from a southeastern Chinese village, dismantled piece-by-piece in 2003 and rebuilt at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The evening-length program includes works by many composers, enhanced with live staging and video elements from acclaimed director Chen Shi-Zheng.

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Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland presented by Washington Performing Arts

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Famed both as instrumental virtuosos and as stylistic adventurers, Indian tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and bassist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dave Holland forge new and exciting connections between Indian classical music and jazz—two musics rooted in improvisation and rhythmic dynamism—joined by an all-star band including saxophonist Chris Potter and renowned Bollywood playback vocalist Shankar Mahadevan.

Children of the Gospel Choir performing on stage

Children of the Gospel presented by Washington Performing Arts

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 4:00pm

Washington Performing Arts’ own Children of the Gospel Choir is one of Washington’s most in-demand ensembles, having performed with Sara Bareilles at a White House State Dinner; at the Inaugural Prayer Services for President Barack Obama; on NBC’s Today; and elsewhere. The young vocalists bring their high-energy style to a featured performance, closing out the 2017/18 season.

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