Sensuous and unique, the smooth white structures of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts new, 21st century The REACH complex promises a different sort of experience than its more formal neighbor. Featuring innovative indoor and outdoor spaces specifically designed for creativity in action, the new campus serves as a hub that revolutionizes how artists, community groups and consumers come together through the power of art.

Kennedy Center REACH

The REACH’s extraordinary Opening Festival, scheduled for September 7-22, 2019, is the first opportunity for artists and the public to come together and explore the campus expansion. Nearly 500 events - from jazz, hip-hop and dance, to theater and film will invigorate the performance areas within the 72,000 square foot pavilions.

As the official sound partner of the Kennedy Center, HARMAN is supporting the launch with in-kind product donations and will provide its audio expertise to enhance patrons' experiences of the arts, music and education at the historic Kennedy Center and The REACH Campus. The REACH expansion area, comprised of three soaring pavilions, features countless state-of-the-art JBL loudspeakers, AMX controllers, Crown amplifiers, Martin lighting and Soundcraft mixing consoles in rehearsal rooms, classrooms, boardrooms, and studios.

HARMAN’s contributions to the expansion was highlighted during The REACH Donor Preview Reception, as well as The REACH Public Opening & Open House Celebration. Additional coordination between the Kennedy Center and HARMAN will focus on supporting the upkeep of the Kennedy Center’s extraordinary spaces within the iconic Edward Durell Stone building, including the Opera House, Concert Hall and Eisenhower Theater.


For more than 20 years, HARMAN has outfitted the world-class Kennedy Center with lighting and equipment that makes every performance on every stage look and sound exceptional. We are grateful that the Kennedy Center has once again called on HARMAN to bring their ambitious expansion plans to life, and we are eager to elevate their performances and events for the thousands of people who will visit each year. Our longstanding partnership with the beloved performing arts center underscores our shared commitment of inspiring others to engage in music, education and the arts. Furthermore, the renewal and expansion of the Kennedy Center’s REACH complex showcases how the power of partnerships can deepen and expand community engagement. 

Join us at The REACH Opening Festival for 16 days of “creativity in action” at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC. For more information, check out the complete schedule here.