Kendrick Lamar to Perform With National Symphony at Kennedy Center

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Kendrick Lamar performs at the Twin Peaks Stage during day 2 of the 2015 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on Aug. 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

A night at the symphony with Kendrick Lamar? Sign us up.

The Grammy grabber and New York Times-dubbed “future king of hip-hop” will perform selections from his sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly, at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. With its wildcard genre hybrids (jazz, funk, and even spoken word get in on the action) and unapologetic social commentary, Lamar’s second studio album recently received the Generational Icon award from the California Senate.

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For one night only, Lamar will appear with an orchestra conducted by Steven Reineke. In his fifth year as Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Reineke has led performances featuring notables from Nas to Seth MacFarlane.

Tickets for the landmark event will start at $35, and Kennedy Center Members can snag them as early as Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. The rest of Welvin Da Great’s fanbase can purchase tickets on Sept. 30.    

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