The same intriguing interplay of light and shadow, characterizing the abbreviated life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, echoes symbolically in architect Steven Holl’s design of a new addition, adjacent to the 48-year-old existing Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, on a bank of the Potomac River in Washington.

Named The REACH, the 72,000-square-foot addition of three white buildings on 4.6 acres, including 130,000-square-feet of green space and public gardens, opens to the public Sept. 7 through Sept. 22 in a flashy, free 400-seat event festival of celebratory music, dance and “learning activities” featuring local, national and worldwide entertainment headliners.

Janice Law is a columnist for The Daily News. Have a travel question? Email

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