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Native American Inspirations

× Wednesday, October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM
Native American people were here long before Christopher Columbus, and they’ve had more influence on classical music than you might realize. For generations, the “Indianist” musical movement has mined Native American music and lore to fashion a musical signature for all Americans. Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, for one, drew inspiration from Native American musicians he encountered on his travels through the American heartland; Arthur Farwell undertook astounding explorations of Native American culture that paralleled Béla Bartók’s excavations of folk culture in Hungary. Experience it all in an evening presented by the PostClassical Ensemble, the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence.

Native American Chapel Concert

× Monday, October 21 2019 at 7:30 PM
Join the South Dakota Symphony’s visionary Lakota Music Project for a rare opportunity to hear one of the highest achievements of the “Indianist” movement in music. “The Hako,” a 1923 string quartet by Arthur Farwell, is based on a Pawnee ceremony symbolizing peace and tranquility. The late David McAllester, a central scholar of Native American music, acclaimed this work for a “breadth and exaltation” that was profoundly inspired by “cosmic” indigenous music and ritual. Presented by the PostClassical Ensemble, the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, October 23 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, October 29 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, October 30 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Gothic Architecture Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, November 5 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Limited Tickets Available)

× Wednesday, November 6 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, November 12 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, November 13 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, November 19 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, November 20 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, December 3 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, December 4 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Angels High and Low Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Thursday, December 5 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Handel's Messiah

× Friday, December 6 2019 at 7:30 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 offer a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.

Handel's Messiah - Family Concert

× Saturday, December 7 2019 at 12:00 PM
The 12 pm concert on December 7 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 7 2019 at 4:00 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 offer a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.

Handel's Messiah

× Sunday, December 8 2019 at 4:00 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 offer a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, December 10 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, December 11 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Thursday, December 12 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Angels High and Low Tour

Christmas At the Cathedral

× Sunday, December 15 2019 at 5:00 PM
Join Washington National Cathedral for a mix of mystery and celebration of the Christmas season. Experience Benjamin Britten’s sublime “Ceremony of Carols” alongside medieval and modern Christmas favorites. Join in as we raise the roof with rousing Christmas congregational favorites with the help of the Cathedral’s grand organ and the incomparable Washington Symphonic Brass. If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after this concert!

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Haydn: Seven Last Words of Christ

× Thursday, February 20 2020 at 7:30 PM
One of Franz Joseph Haydn’s greatest works is the set of sonatas collectively known as the “Seven Last Words of Christ.” The composer’s aim was to make this work accessible to everybody, regardless of their musical or religious background: “Each sonata, or movement, is expressed in such a way that even the most uninitiated listener will be moved to the very depths of their soul.”

An Armenian Odyssey

× Wednesday, March 4 2020 at 7:30 PM
Join the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence, Post Classical Ensemble, for a celebration of a national saga of struggle and resilience. Visual artist Kevork Mourad creates a sensuous multi-media meditation that ponders how crossing cultural boundaries can inspire tolerance and understanding, showcasing cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and composer Vache Sharafyan.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, March 10 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, March 11 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Quintessential England

× Saturday, March 14 2020 at 7:30 PM
In the period between World War I and World War II, England experienced a musical resurgence that not been seen since the time of Henry Purcell 200 years earlier. Tonight’s program, presented by the combined forces of London’s Bach Choir and Yale University’s preeminent choral groups, pays homage to that golden age of English music. Esteemed conductor David Hill highlights composers including Vaughan Williams, Charles Villiers Stanford and Arnold Bax, culminating in William Walton’s masterpiece, “Belshazzar’s Feast.”

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, March 17 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, March 18 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, March 24 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, March 25 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Limited Tickets Available)

× Thursday, March 26 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

The Rosary Sonatas: A Mother's Lament

× Sunday, March 29 2020 at 7:00 PM
Journey with Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she follows her son into Jerusalem for the triumph and tragedy of Holy Week. Adulation turns to abject sorrow in an age-old saga whose raw emotion is tempered by a mother’s love.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, March 31 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, April 1 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Thursday, April 2 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Bach St. Matthew Passion

× Sunday, April 5 2020 at 4:00 PM
Regarded as one of Bach’s masterpieces, the St. Matthew Passion tells the story of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Performed on Palm Sunday, a day where the Christian faith marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and his journey to the cross. With acclaimed tenor Rufus Muller in the role of the Evangelist alongside the Cathedral Choir and Baroque orchestra, we invite you into the sacred space of the Cathedral for a musical and spiritual experience unlike any other.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, April 7 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, April 8 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Thursday, April 9 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, April 14 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, April 15 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, April 21 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, April 22 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, April 28 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, April 29 2020 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Angels High and Low Tour

Haydn Festival: The String Quartet

× Tuesday, May 19 2020 at 7:30 PM
The Cathedral’s Haydn Festival begins with an appropriate bow to Franz Joseph Haydn as the king of the string quartet. Haydn’s more than 60 quartets are extraordinary and unique in creativity and texture. Featuring the Diderot String Quartet, the Cathedral’s Quartet-in-Residence, tonight’s program presents Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, Op 33 known as 'The Bird', paired with the final work written by Felix Mendelssohn, his quartet in f minor, Op. 80.

Haydn Festival: The Piano Sonata

× Wednesday, May 27 2020 at 7:30 PM
Franz Joseph Haydn wrote some 60 Piano Sonatas, all of which exhibit the same evolution in compositional style that we see in his string quartets. Tonight’s program, led by the incomparable French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, will explore Haydn’s piano sonatas in the grand yet intimate surroundings of the Cathedral’s Great Choir, just as Haydn would have intended.

Haydn Festival: Lord Nelson Mass

× Saturday, May 30 2020 at 7:30 PM
Combining the forces of French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the Post Classical Ensemble and Cathedra, we invite you to explore and celebrate what happens when Franz Joseph Haydn works on a larger canvass. His extraordinary piano concerto exhibits his mastery of orchestral color and creativity, and his “Lord Nelson” Mass – probably the finest of his Mass settings – offers a sense of the works that flowed from the patronage of the church.

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