Next at the Kennedy Center
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1[1]
No. of episodes5 (as of May 23, 2023)[2]
ProducerThe Kennedy Center
Original release
ReleaseOctober 14, 2022 (2022-10-14) –

Next at the Kennedy Center is a new PBS television series which produces episodes that present and contextualize performances at The Kennedy Center. These episodes spotlight "cultural leaders from the worlds of hip hop, jazz, folk, comedy, modern dance and more."[1] It is produced by the Kennedy Center. The show debuted on PBS on October 14, 2022, with the episode "Let My Children Hear Mingus".

Groups or organizations featured or retrospectively featured include: Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell, The Roots, Jason Moran and Christian McBride.[2] Five episodes have been produced in the first season.[2]

The series is planned for fifteen episodes over three years.[3]

Critical Reception "News for People in Public Media" noted that the series: "aims to show the country what a broad spectrum of arts cross its stages." It then went on to summarize the goals of the series.[3]

The Wall Street Journal started their review of the second episode by noting that the episode "offers a tribute to Ms. Mitchell as well as a bit of misdirection." .[4] This review generally enjoyed the performances but wished that Joni herself was in it, praising the performances of Raul Midón and Lalah Hathaway.

The Philly Voice noted about the third episode the: 'the group performed hits like "Act Too (The Love Of My Life)" from their 1999 album, "Things Fall Apart."' [5] "True Jersey" also noted about the third episode: "Finally, The Roots are getting the recognition they deserve." It also noted that this was The Roots "first-ever national television special." [6]

KPBS also noted about the third episode: 'The episode also includes moments from “Music is History” ', which is band-leader Questlove's new book. [7]

DC Theater Arts noted about the fourth episode: "The illuminating discussions consider the significance of Doña Perón," while giving the opportunity for "artists of Latinx heritage to reclaim the narrative ..." [8]

BroadwayWorld noted about the fifth episode that "Moran and McBride's collaboration is infused with a distinctive soul." [9]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Let My Children Hear Mingus"Kristin FosdickKirstin Fosdick, Steven Holtzman, Matthew WinerOctober 14, 2022 (2022-10-14)
Retrospective performance to celebrate 100 years since Charles Mingus's birth.
22"A Joni Mitchell Songbook"Kristin FosdickKirstin Fosdick, Steven Holtzman, Matthew WinerNovember 18, 2022 (2022-11-18)
A celebration of Joni Mitchell with the National Symphony Orchestra.
33"The Roots Residency"Kristin FosdickKirstin Fosdick, Steven Holtzman, Matthew WinerJanuary 27, 2023 (2023-01-27)
The Roots give a performance and interviews.
44"Ballet Hispánico's Doña Perón"Nel ShelbyKirstin Fosdick, Steven Holtzman, Matthew WinerApril 14, 2023 (2023-04-14)
Ballet Hispánico explores Evita Peron's life and legacy.
55"Continuum: Jason Moran & Christian McBride"Kirstin FosdickKirstin Fosdick, Steven Holtzman, Matthew WinerApril 21, 2023 (2023-04-21)
Icons Jason Moran and Christian McBride share stories.


  1. ^ a b "About the Series - Next at the Kennedy Center". PBS. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Next at the Kennedy Center". The Kennedy Center. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "New PBS series spotlights diversity of performing arts at Kennedy Center". October 11, 2022. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  4. ^ "Next at the Kennedy Center: A Joni Mitchell Songbook' Review: Tribute to Her Jazz-Folk Fusion". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  5. ^ "The Roots will star in upcoming PBS special". Philly Voice. January 25, 2023. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  6. ^ "Philly stars The Roots star Friday on PBS' program NEXT at the Kennedy Center". True Jersey. January 27, 2023. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  7. ^ "NEXT AT THE KENNEDY CENTER: The Roots Residency". KPBS. January 13, 2023. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  8. ^ "PBS series 'Next at the Kennedy Center' to feature screen premiere of 'Doña Perón' by NYC's Ballet Hispánico". DC Theater Arts. April 6, 2023. Retrieved May 23, 2023.
  9. ^ "Continuum: Jason Moran & Christian McBride is NEXT AT THE KENNEDY CENTER". BroadwayWorld. April 5, 2023. Retrieved May 23, 2023.