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Sightseeing Admission Saturday November 26 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Advent’s Anticipation: A Reflective Writing Workshop Inspired by Art and Poetry Sunday November 27 2022 at 4:00 PM

× Discover the contemplative power of close looking at works of art and reflective writing in an on-line workshop facilitated by playwright and teaching artist Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting “The Annunciation” and a poem by Wendell Berry, we will ponder the possibilities that the season of Advent in its mystery and meaning opens for each of us. Designed for everyone, not just “writers,” this workshop invites you to look outwardly at paintings and poetry to look inwardly through writing for personal growth and spiritual direction.

Virtual Program

Sightseeing Admission Monday November 28 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday November 29 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 11 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday November 30 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10:30 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Friday December 2 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 4 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 4 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Handel's Messiah Friday December 2 2022 at 7:30 PM

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Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s Messiah and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a venue unlike any other in Washington to experience this work.

Handel's Messiah - Family Concert Saturday December 3 2022 at 12:00 PM

× Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s beloved “Messiah,” and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.

The 12 pm concert on December 3 is an abbreviated performance of “Messiah” highlights, perfect for busy families with young children. Experience the best of “Messiah” with the whole family.

Handel's Messiah Saturday December 3 2022 at 4:00 PM

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Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s Messiah and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a venue unlike any other in Washington to experience this work.

Handel's Messiah Sunday December 4 2022 at 4:00 PM

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Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s Messiah and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a venue unlike any other in Washington to experience this work.

Handel's Messiah Live Webcast Sunday December 4 2022 at 4:00 PM

× Handel's Messiah
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 4:00 pm

Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s Messiah and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a venue unlike any other in Washington to experience this work

Sightseeing Admission Monday December 5 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday December 6 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 11 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday December 7 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Friday December 9 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 11 am to 4 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 4 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Joy of Christmas Saturday December 10 2022 at 2:00 PM

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Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm your spirit. CCS’s annual Joy of Christmas is a Washington tradition that all should experience.

Joy of Christmas Saturday December 10 2022 at 6:00 PM

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Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm your spirit. CCS’s annual Joy of Christmas is a Washington tradition that all should experience.

Joy of Christmas Sunday December 11 2022 at 4:00 PM

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Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm your spirit. CCS’s annual Joy of Christmas is a Washington tradition that all should experience.

Joy of Christmas Live Webcast Sunday December 11 2022 at 4:00 PM

× Recorded Live Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 4:00 pm EST

You will receive a viewing link by email on the day of the performance. The performance will remain online to watch for thirty (30) days following the live performance.

Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm your spirit. CCS’s annual Joy of Christmas is a Washington tradition that all should experience.

Sightseeing Admission Monday December 12 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday December 13 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 11 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday December 14 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Friday December 16 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Saturday December 17 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Monday December 19 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday December 20 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 11:30 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday December 21 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Christmas Day Organ Recital Live Webcast Sunday December 25 2022 at 1:30 PM

× Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and Rebecca Ehren present a program of festive Christmas music on the Cathedral’s Great Organ.

On December 25, 2022, registrants will be sent a link to view the concert.

Sightseeing Admission Monday December 26 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday December 27 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday December 27 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 11 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday December 28 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Thursday December 29 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Sightseeing Admission Friday December 30 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

Moving Mindfully into the New Year Saturday December 31 2022 at 3:00 PM

× Join us for our sixth annual New Year’s Eve retreat as we explore ways to take stock of the old year while looking forward to the new. Guided meditations, individual reflections and shared ritual invite us to remember and release the past while setting intentions for the year to come.

Virtual Program

Sightseeing Admission Saturday December 31 2022

× The Cathedral is open from 10 am to 5 pm (Cathedral closes promptly at 5 pm).

Explore the Cathedral at your own pace with a complimentary self-guided brochure. You may arrive any time during our open hours.

President's Day Organ Recital Live Webcast Sunday February 19 2023 at 2:00 PM

× Celebrate President’s Day with Christa Rakich, Visiting Professor of Organ at Oberlin College & Conservatory, with an afternoon of music that commemorates our nation’s history.

On February 19, 2023, registrants will be sent a link to view the concert.

Secret Byrd Sunday March 5 2023 at 4:00 PM

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Experience William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices as it was meant to be performed: by secret worshippers in threat of religious persecution. In hushed tones behind recusant chapel doors, Bill Barclay and Cathedra collaborate for the first time to create a theatrical seance by candlelight—one replete with the intimacy of faith. A fierce knocking—and, with it, the threat of capture—interrupts the evening, yet soon gives way to a Communion that celebrates life and the power of music.  

Secret Byrd Sunday March 5 2023 at 7:00 PM

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Experience William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices as it was meant to be performed: by secret worshippers in threat of religious persecution. In hushed tones behind recusant chapel doors, Bill Barclay and Cathedra collaborate for the first time to create a theatrical seance by candlelight—one replete with the intimacy of faith. A fierce knocking—and, with it, the threat of capture—interrupts the evening, yet soon gives way to a Communion that celebrates life and the power of music.  

To the Wild Sky: Rachmaninoff, Tennyson & Poe Sunday March 19 2023 at 4:00 PM

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“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky.” Poetry and music together paint vivid landscapes, evoking unearthly vignettes from the minds of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s greatest orchestras, joins Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral for this stunning marriage of music and words.

To the Wild Sky: Rachmaninoff, Tennyson & Poe Live Webcast Sunday March 19 2023 at 4:00 PM

× Recorded Live Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 4:00 pm EST

You will receive a viewing link by email on the day of the performance. The performance will remain online to watch for thirty (30) days following the live performance.

“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky.” Poetry and music together paint vivid landscapes, evoking unearthly vignettes from the minds of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s greatest orchestras, joins Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral for this stunning marriage of music and words.

In Paradisum: Duruflé’s Requiem and Poulenc's Motets Live Webcast Sunday April 2 2023 at 4:00 PM

× In Paradisum: Duruflé’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Motets
Sunday, April 2, 2023 | 4:00 pm

Join us as we journey toward Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection alongside two of Paris’s greatest twentieth-century composers. Immerse yourself in the passion and inspiration of Francis Poulenc’s penitential motets and the orchestral technicolor of his Tenebrae responsories; revel in Maurice Duruflé’s explorations of Gregorian chant; and culminate in the latter’s famous, breathtaking Requiem.

In Paradisum: Duruflé’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Motets Sunday April 2 2023 at 4:00 PM

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Join us as we journey toward Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection alongside two of Paris’s greatest twentieth-century composers. Immerse yourself in the passion and inspiration of Francis Poulenc’s penitential motets and the orchestral technicolor of his Tenebrae responsories; revel in Maurice Duruflé’s explorations of Gregorian chant; and culminate in the latter’s famous, breathtaking Requiem.

Easter Sunday Organ Recital Live Webcast Sunday April 9 2023 at 2:00 PM

× Cathedral organist Thomas Sheehan celebrates the joy of Easter with a selection of uplifting music to celebrate the Resurrection on the Cathedral’s Great Organ.

On April 9, 2023, registrants will be sent a link to view the concert.

Monteverdi's Vespers Sunday April 30 2023 at 4:00 PM

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Bridging the Renaissance and the Baroque is Monteverdi’s rarely performed 1610 Vespro della Beata Vergine. Join us for a masterpiece at once intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and resplendent—the dramatic unfolding of its dizzying array of textures and sonorities offers an evening not to be missed.

Monteverdi's Vespers Live Webcast Sunday April 30 2023 at 4:00 PM

× Monteverdi's Vespers
Sunday, April 30, 2023 | 4:00 pm

Bridging the Renaissance and the Baroque is Monteverdi’s rarely performed 1610 Vespro della Beata Vergine. Join us for a masterpiece at once intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and resplendent—the dramatic unfolding of its dizzying array of textures and sonorities offers an evening not to be missed.

Our Work Unfinished: Hailstork & Obama Sunday May 14 2023 at 4:00 PM

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American composer Adolphus Hailstork is a national treasure and one of the most important composers working today. In Done Made My Vow he calls upon words from President Barack Obama’s early speeches to share his perspective as an African American with his students. Stanley J. Thurston leads the combined forces of the Cathedral Choral Society and the Heritage Signature Chorale in this and other works by African American composers.

Our Work Unfinished: Hailstork & Obama Live Webcast Sunday May 14 2023 at 4:00 PM

× Recorded Live Sunday, May 14, 2023 | 4:00 pm EST

You will receive a viewing link by email on the day of the performance. The performance will remain online to watch for thirty (30) days following the live performance.

American composer Adolphus Hailstork is a national treasure and one of the most important composers working today. In Done Made My Vow he calls upon words from President Barack Obama’s early speeches to share his perspective as an African American with his students. Stanley J. Thurston leads the combined forces of the Cathedral Choral Society and the Heritage Signature Chorale in this and other works by African American composers.

Memorial Day Organ Recital Live Webcast Sunday May 28 2023 at 2:00 PM

× Today, we celebrate the resilience and fortitude of our armed services, giving thanks for their bravery and honoring their myriad achievements for our country. Featuring guest organist Carson Cooman, composer in Residence and Research Associate in Music at the Memorial Church of Harvard University.

On May 28, 2023, registrants will be sent a link to view the concert.

Independence Day Concert Live Webcast Tuesday July 4 2023 at 11:00 AM

× You’re invited to join Washington National Cathedral for an Independence Day concert to celebrate the enduring values that make America strong, resilient and compassionate. Happy Birthday, America!

On SJuly 4, 2023, registrants will be sent a link to view the concert.

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