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Behind the Scenes Tour

× Friday, December 28 2018 at 1:30 PM
Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Behind the Scenes Tour

× Saturday, December 29 2018 at 1:00 PM
Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Photography/Escorted Video Permit

× Permitting Fees for Photography and Escorted Videography

A License to Thrill

× Wednesday, January 16 2019 at 7:30 PM
Be surprised by some tasty off-the-menu music from the little-known Hyacinthe Jadin, who was born the same year as the United States. One of Jadin’s contemporaries, Charles Caleb Colton, coined the maxim “imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery.” If Colton's word is true, then Jadin’s op. 2, no. 1 string quartet makes the cheeks turn red on Mozart’s “Dissonance” quartet: the two pieces begin with a shockingly similar—and similarly shocking—introduction.

Cultural Fusion: the Gamelan Experience

× Wednesday, January 23 2019 at 7:30 PM
Experience gamelan—the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments performed by multiple performers at once—in the sacred space of the National Cathedral. Gamelan has by far been the non-Western musical genre that has most impacted the Western classical music tradition, beginning with the 1889 Paris Exposition. This program explores its influence across the past 120 years.

PostClassical Ensemble Subscription

× Purchase a subscription for the two remaining PostClassical Ensemble concerts this season and receive a 15% discount over full-price single tickets!

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, March 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, March 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

Rachmaninoff Liturgy

× Sunday, March 17 2018 at 4:00 PM
With moments of impressive grandeur and breathtaking beauty, Rachmaninoff's writing for a capella chorus is unmatched. This liturgy's text was written in honor of John, an archbishop of Constantinople, renowned as an orator in favor of almsgiving and against the abuse of wealth.

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, March 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, March 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, March 26 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, March 27 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Thursday, March 28 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes WOMEN IN GLASS AND STONE TOUR

In His Majesty's Service

× Saturday, March 30 2019 at 7:30 PM
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is one of the world’s best known choral groups. Every Christmas Eve millions of people worldwide tune in to listen to their A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is the longest established annual broadcast in history, reaching 90 years in 2018. The choir’s international fame and reputation, enhanced by an extensive recording catalog, has led to invitations to perform around the world. This will be the last chance in D.C. to experience the choir under Director Stephen Cleobury, who retires at the end of this academic year.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, April 2 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, April 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Thursday, April 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, April 9 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, April 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Thursday, April 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.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Mozart's Requiem

× Sunday, April 14 2019 at 4:00 PM
As Christians begin the annual journey through Holy Week, the Cathedral offers Mozart’s Requiem. Played on original instruments of the Classical period, this profound work is performed in the edition completed by his student, Franz Sussmeyr. The performance begins with the Requiem by Herbert Howells, interpolated with reflective arias from a selection of J.S. Bach’s cantatas. Discovered after the composer’s death, it was written to the memory of Howells’ son, who died of polio at the age of nine. Howells never recovered from this loss and this beautiful unaccompanied miniature Requiem expresses devastation and yet a profound sense of faith.

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, April 16 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, April 17 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

× Tuesday, April 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

× Wednesday, April 24 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

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019

× Sunday, April 28 to Saturday, May 11 2019 (including travel days)
Sponsored by Washington National Cathedral Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Led by The Reverend Canon John L. Peterson and Canon Iyad Qumri, local guide & instructor

There’s no better way to experience the Easter season than a life-changing Holy Land pilgrimage. You’ll never look at yourself—or your faith—quite the same way again.

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, April 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 Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, May 1 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, May 7 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, May 8 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, May 14 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, May 15 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

Man with the Golden Sun

× Thursday, May 16 2019 at 7:30 PM
Haydn’s first major set of string quartets was published with a big sun on the title page—and indeed these works would prove to be the dawn of the String Quartet genre as we know it. Travel back in time to go toe-to-toe with three of these six masterworks—later nicknamed the “Sun” quartets—that continue to delight with their groundbreaking adventurousness and excellent humor.

Grant Us Peace

× Sunday, May 19 2018 at 4:00 PM
Written in Poulenc's unique religious style that melds the sacred and profane, his joyful, radiant Gloria is the composer at his very best. Written in response to Vaughan Williams' personal anguish after service in World War I, his Dona Nobis Pacem emphasizes reconciliation and peace.

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, May 21 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, May 22 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

Iona Pilgrimage 2019

× Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, June 2 2019 (including travel days)
Sponsored by Washington National Cathedral Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Led by Dr. Terri Lynn Simpson

Join us on a pilgrimage to Iona as we listen to the silence of the land, the wisdom of saints, and the stories of our fellow pilgrims.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, May 28 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, May 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

Beyond Psycho: Bernard Herrmann

× Saturday, June 1 2019 at 7:30 PM
Bernard Herrmann may be “the most under-rated 20th-century American composer.” He’s famous as a film composer—Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane—but his concert output was long overlooked due to prejudice against Hollywood. The highlight of this program is the 30-minute radio play, Whitmanwith music by Herrmann and script by the Norman Corwin, the genius of American Radio. In celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200thbirthday, “Whitman” pays homage to the poet as an inspirational messenger for the wartime home-front.

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, June 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 Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, June 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

× Tuesday, June 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

× Wednesday, June 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

× Tuesday, June 18 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, June 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

× Tuesday, June 25 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, June 26 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

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