More Concerts at Washington National Cathedral


Sunday, November 10, 2019 | 7:00pm

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.

"The President's Own" United States Marine Orchestra
Washington National Cathedral Choir



Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30pm
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 12:00pm**
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 4:00pm
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 4:00pm

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 "Family Messiah," perfect for busy families with young children. Experience the best of "Messiah" with the whole family.

Laura Choi Stuart – Soprano
Zoie Reams - Contralto
Rufus Muller - Tenor
David Soar – Bass/Baritone
Michael McCarthy – Conductor
Washington National Cathedral Choir
Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra

Friday 7:30pm  Saturday 12pm**

Saturday 4pm  Sunday 4pm



December 15, 2019 | 3:30pm and 6:30pm

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!

Washington National Cathedral Girl's Choir
Washington Symphonic Brass
Michael McCarthy, conductor
Bill Barclay, host

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 7:30pm

One of Franz Joseph Haydn’s greatest works is the set on 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 his soul.”

Presented on the eve of Lent by Cathedra and the Diderot String Quartet, the “Seven Last Word of Christ” can be heard in the intimate and powerful surroundings of the Cathedral’s Great Choir.

Diderot String Quartet
Michael McCarthy, director

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Wednesday, March 4, 2019 | 7:30pm

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.

Kevork Mourad, artist
Vache Sharafyan, composer
Narek Hakhnazarian, cellist
Post Classical Ensemble
Angel Gil-Ordonez, conductor

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 7:30pm

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.”

Song to the Soul, Charles Villers Stanford (1852-1924)
Mater ora filium, Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
Fantasia on the Old 104th Psalm, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Belshazzar's Feast, William Walton (1902-1983)

The London Bach Choir
Yale Philharmonia
Yale Schola Cantorum
David Hill, conductor

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