2019 Kennedy Center Gala
Celebrating the Human Spirit

Idina Menzel

Citizen Artist
Forest Whitaker

Distinguished Philanthropists
Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan

Event Chairs
Carol A. Melton and Jodie W. McLean

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The Kennedy Center | Washington, DC

Join us for a gala concert with Tony Award® winner Idina Menzel and a lively after-party with cocktails and dancing at the Kennedy Center Gala as we celebrate Citizen Artist Forest Whitaker and Distinguished Philanthropists Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan, the recipients of the Award for the Human Spirit — leaders in the creative community who have helped bring great art to life.

Perhaps best known for the Broadway blockbusters Wicked and Rent and the Disney animated hit Frozen, acclaimed artist Idina Menzel shares her considerable talents as a vocalist and songwriter in a specially curated concert celebrating the recipients of the 2019 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit. With a set list mixing fan favorites and original songs, you know it's going to be a wickedly good time.

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