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Washington Bach Consort: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248

National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC

Bach’s musical account of the Christmas story remains a cherished tradition every year not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. We invite you to join us as the Consort inaugurates its annual observance of the same tradition in DC this season!

Cathedra Ensemble: Christmas at the Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

Join Washington National Cathedral for a mix of mystery and celebration of the Christmas season. Experience Benjamin Britten’s sublime “Ceremony of Carols” and 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!

Michael McCarthy, Conductor

Washington Symphonic Brass

Washington National Cathedral: Blue Christmas

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

Soloist

For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, the holiday season is far from the most wonderful time of the year. Death, divorce or separation, job loss, financial hardship, illness or other circumstances mute our experience of joy, making this time of year painful for many.

Join us for this worship experience with space for silence and reflection, music and meditations, recognizing and honoring grief and difficulty, while holding out hope for healing and wholeness.

Washington National Cathedral: Handel's 'Messiah'

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

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 performance 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.

Michael McCarthy – Conductor

Washington National Cathedral Choir

Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra

Washington National Cathedral: National Tribute to Veterans

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

The debt we owe our service men and women across the centuries is one we know we can never fully repay. At Washington National Cathedral, Veterans Day is an opportunity to celebrate those who returned home after service, and the families and caregivers who support them. They are extraordinary people with extraordinary stories.

Tonight, we celebrate the resilience and fortitude of our veterans community, giving thanks for their service and honoring their myriad achievement they have made to our community throughout their lives.

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

Washington National Opera: Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Friends will become foes and enemies will become allies in Mozart’s final and beloved opera. A whimsical production designed by children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, known for his rumpus-filled artistry, sets a playful landscape for this enchanting fairy tale. Rich with colorful characters, unforgettable vocal acrobatics, and evocative symbols and allegory, Tamino’s quest for love and truth is fantastical entertainment for all ages.

Opera Lafayette: Opera Starts With Oh- John Blow's 'Venus and Adonis'

Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

Role of Cupid

Spend an afternoon with your children or grandchildren, niece or nephew and immerse yourselves in the arts of opera! We will unravel the many elements of opera, through play and immersive activities, à la Opera Lafayette. Led by New York-based teaching artist, Emma Jaster, our program Opera starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children aged five and up.

For our first atelier of the season, we explore the story of Venus and Adonis through dance and music. Cupids, graces, hunters and goddesses come alive in this opera about love, magic and storytelling. Come enjoy a free afternoon of artistic playtime and immerse yourselves in the art of all arts – opera!

Families with children 5+.

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse

Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W Preston St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Baltimore, MD

Role of Romilda

George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel’s works – complete with its famous “largo” Ombra Mai Fu – and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, poetry-narration in English. Special “Adventure Seating” available onstage.

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse'

Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W Preston St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Baltimore, MD

Role of Romilda

George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel’s works – complete with its famous “largo” Ombra Mai Fu – and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, poetry-narration in English. Special “Adventure Seating” available onstage.

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse'

Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W Preston St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Baltimore, MD

Role of Romilda

George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel’s works – complete with its famous “largo” Ombra Mai Fu – and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, poetry-narration in English. Special “Adventure Seating” available onstage.

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse'

Lang Theatre- Atlas Performing Arts Centre, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC

Role of Romilda

George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel’s works – complete with its famous “largo” Ombra Mai Fu – and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, poetry-narration in English. Special “Adventure Seating” available onstage.

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse'

Lang Theatre- Atlas Performing Arts Centre, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC

Role of Romilda

George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel’s works – complete with its famous “largo” Ombra Mai Fu – and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, poetry-narration in English. Special “Adventure Seating” available onstage.

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse'

Lang Theatre- Atlas Performing Arts Centre, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC

Role of Romilda

George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel’s works – complete with its famous “largo” Ombra Mai Fu – and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, poetry-narration in English. Special “Adventure Seating” available onstage.

There will be a post-show Artist/Audience Dialogue after this show

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse'

Lang Theatre- Atlas Performing Arts Centre, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC

Role of Romilda

George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel’s works – complete with its famous “largo” Ombra Mai Fu – and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, poetry-narration in English. Special “Adventure Seating” available onstage.

Linger after the show to meet and toast the stars of “The Tale of Serse.” Admission included in your opening night ticket!

In Series & Innovātiō: Händel's 'Serse' (Director's Salon)

TBD, Washington, DC

Role of Romilda

Engage with the directors and designers in discussion and Q&A, enjoy refreshments, and watch our stars perform. FREE EVENT! Reservations encouraged. More details soon.

Tuesday Concert Series: A French Cabaret

Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street NW, Washington, DC

Jaely Chamberlain, Soprano

Andrew Welch, Piano

Come join us for a recital program featuring song cycles by Debussy and Poulenc, and the Cabaret Songs of Benjamin Britten and Kurt Weill.

Admission to the Tuesday Concert Series is free, but a $10 free-will contribution is invited in support of the performers.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church: Händel's 'Messiah'

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1020 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA

Soloist and Chorister

Come join St. Catherine's for Christmas liturgy and a chamber presentation of Händel's 'Messiah.' All choruses and solos sung by the parish's professional vocal octet.

Jaely Chamberlain, Soprano * Deborah Sternberg, Soprano * Natalia Kojanova, Mezzo-Soprano * Janice Carl, Mezzo-Soprano * Joseph Regan, Tenor * Oliver Mercer, Tenor * Will Meister, Bass * David Mann, Bass

Jerry Kavinski, Conductor

Washington Bach Consort: Christmas with the Consort

National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

Motets for the Advent and Christmas season including:

Johann Ludwig Bach Uns ist ein Kind geboren J.S. Bach – Komm, Jesu, Komm! BWV 229

This holiday season, join the Consort for a performance of seasonal motets, including J.S. Bach’s masterful work for double choir Komm, Jesu, Komm! This concert will display the virtuosity of the Consort’s acclaimed chorus as they perform motets by Bach and other Baroque masters of the form.

Washington National Cathedral: The Spirit of Apollo

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

Join the National Air and Space Museum in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 with an evening at Washington National Cathedral.

The evening’s speakers, including Apollo 8 astronaut Jim Lovell and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry, will celebrate that moment of unity and the spiritual meaning of exploration embodied by the first flight to the Moon. A dramatic choral performance will recreate the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast. Apollo 8 challenged our understanding of human limitations. Fifty years later, we come together to honor the Spirit of Apollo.

Washington National Cathedral: Händel's 'Messiah'

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

Bring your family for a shortened version of this iconic work. Tailored for a family experience, this performance focuses on the birth of Jesus and continues the story of his death and resurrection through selected arias and choruses ending with the famous Halleluiah Chorus .

Michael McCarthy, Conductor . Washington National Cathedral Choir . Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra.