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There’s no question Christmas is going to look different for many of us this year, but there’s no reason you can’t celebrate at home with Washington National Cathedral’s online Christmas services and concerts.

All you have to do is sign up for a Christmas Season Pass online. You can register for free or add a donation. Then you’re done! The National Cathedral will email you the day of each service or concert with access instructions.

Some of the programming this year includes:

  • Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m.
    After a difficult year, this service of prayer, music and reflection will help you find hope and healing going into 2021.
  • Joy of Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m.
    Sit back and enjoy the talents of the Cathedral Choral Society. You’ll hear some favorite traditional Christmas carols alongside fun takes on the classics.
  • Family Christmas Service, December 24 at 12 p.m.
    Bake some Christmas treats, and have the whole family gather to watch the retelling of the Christmas story — animals from the manger included.

You’ll find a full schedule of events online, and be sure to register online before the first event airs on Wednesday, December 16.

The music of Native American people inspired a unique style of classical music known as the “Indianist” movement, and on October 16 the National Cathedral will host a concert with PostClassical Ensemble showcasing their groundbreaking adaptations.

U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), the first Native American woman to preside over the U.S. House of Representatives, is scheduled to make introductory remarks, followed by music and dancing. Included in the program are performances from the Lakota Music Project and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, singing and drumming by Emmanuel Black Bear, and powerful invocations by tribal elder Chris Eagle Hawk.

Organized and performed by the PostClassical Ensemble and conducted by Ángel Gil-Ordonez, performances will include Shakamaxon for string orchestra and Resolution from Standing Bear, both by Jerod Tate, a Chickasaw composer and pianist whose work draws on American Indian history and culture. Curt Cacioppo’s Five North American Indigenous Songs for a cappella chorus will also see its D.C. debut.

Tickets are available here.

The “Native American Inspirations” program takes place Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. Tickets range from $10 for students to $25-$65.

Even if you didn’t know it, you’ve heard Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” in movies, commercials and even on The Simpsons.

Come experience one of the most recognizable works of classical music at the National Cathedral.

But just because “The Four Seasons” is familiar doesn’t mean it won’t dazzle you. With these four violin concertos, you can feel the beauty of a year in full. Close your eyes and visualize a summer storm, a cooling autumn breeze, the feel of a flake of snow landing on your nose and the murmuring streams of spring.

The September 28 performance introduces the Cathedral’s newest artist-in-residence, Elicia Silverstein, and also features Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Berio’s “Corale”. As summer leads to fall, allow Vivaldi’s accessible concertos to transport you through a year in one evening.

It’s the perfect way to experience the crisp magic of autumn, and you’ll finally be able to identify that catchy classical tune that sets the tone for so many powerful pop culture moment.

Tickets available here.

The Neo-Gothic splendor of the massive and celebrated Washington National Cathedral is the ideal setting for the commencement of Holy Week.

A simple visit for a tour or mass lifts the spirit and prepares the soul for the thoughtful celebration to come. And on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m., the experience becomes even more unforgettable and meaningful: A Palm Sunday performance of Mozart’s “Requiem.”

Mozart’s last and most poignant, heart-wrenching work is the capstone to a Palm Sunday matinee concert. The performance begins with seasonally appropriate, brooding arias and cantatas by J.S. Bach and others.

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One of the most celebrated choir groups in the world is making a rare U.S. visit, and Washington National Cathedral is host to one of only three stops on the tour.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, can trace its history back to the 15th century, when the College was founded at the University of Cambridge. And on Saturday, March 30, the renowned boys choir will sing the British choral music it has mastered over several centuries.

The boys will perform 14 songs, highlighted by two organ solos belted out on the 10,647 pipes of the Cathedral’s Great Organ. The compositions include works by Monteverdi, Palestrina, Purcell, Britten and Vaughn Williams. This is the last chance for local audiences to experience the choir under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, who is retiring.

Admission ranges from $25 to $95; students will be admitted for $15. More information and information on purchasing tickets is available here:

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The King’s Singers bring their 2018 Grammy-nominated album GOLD to the hallowed halls of the Washington National Cathedral for a special holiday performance Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information is here.

The British group’s album was nominated for “Best Classical Compendium,” its second Grammy nomination, earlier this month. They will perform other holiday-themed selections from their repertoire.

The six-voice ensemble, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, are consummate entertainers bring a new twist to holiday classics with their delightfully British sense of humor.

Joy to the world!

What would Walt Whitman have thought about the 2018 midterm election campaigns?

The question is not as rhetorical as it sounds: Who knows what profound insight on our divisive political process will be revealed Monday, November 5, in a special performance of songs set to the great poet’s work and followed by a moderated discussion at the majestic Washington National Cathedral.

The Election Eve performance is cleverly called “I Sing the Body Electoral: Celebrating Walt Whitman” and features renowned baritone William Sharp and pianist Wan-Chi Su in an enriching program of Kurt Weill’s “Four Whitman Songs” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Three Poems by Walt Whitman.”

As a musical bonus, the evening will see the world premiere of American composer Curt Cacioppos’ “I, madly struggling, cry,” a setting of stanzas by Whitman and commissioned by the PostClassical Ensemble, the experimental orchestral laboratory that is sponsoring the event.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion hosted by PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown. Panelists include:

  • Martin Murray, Founder of the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, on Whitman, Washington, D.C., and the Civil War;
  • Brian Youthers, University of Texas at El Paso English professor, on Whitman and immigration;
  • Lorenzo Candelaria, Dean of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, on Whitman and “The American Dream.”

Admission is $65; reservations can be made here. The Washington National Cathedral is at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW; you can not miss it.

Still wondering what Whitman would have thought about the elections? Here’s a clue: “America is not for special types, for the caste, but for the great mass of people — vast, surging, hopeful.”

If corporations are “people,” as the Supreme Court determined in the landmark Citizens United political financing ruling, do they also have moral responsibilities? And how is the public to react to companies that take activist actions in ongoing culture wars, such as LGBTQ laws, health care policies and climate change?

Those questions will be considered during a rare opportunity at the Washington National Cathedral when Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, and Rev. Yolanda Pierce, dean of the Howard Divinity School, take the stage for a public discussion called “Corporate Activism & Moral Responsibility in a 21st Century Democracy.”

  • Schultz is no stranger to the discussion. When Donald Trump barred travelers from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., Schultz announced Starbucks would hire 10,000 refugees over five years in 75 countries. He took a firm stance against the Republican tax plan, calling it a mistake despite the personal benefits to him. He stepped down from the company’s leadership in June amid racial controversy at the coffee shop chain that caused it to shut down stores for racial bias training.
  • Yolanda Pierce, Phd, is a former professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary and is the first female dean at Howard University’s School of Divinity. Her teaching and research involve African American religious history, “womanist theology” and race and religion.
  • Adi Ignatius, the  editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review, will moderate the event. Adi is a former executive editor at TIME magazine — it was under his watch the magazine chose controversial and surprising “People of the Year.”

The conversation will take place Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets ($15) can be purchased here.

The impact of one’s faith on one’s life is sometimes obvious, but more often mysterious. And few are comfortable to discuss in public how their faith informs their careers and private lives.

Which is why a special event at the Washington National Cathedral at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, promises to be informative, insightful and quite possibly awe-inspiring.

Three accomplished civic figures — Madeleine Albright, David Saperstein and David Brooks — will reveal the ways in which their lives have been shaped by the practices of their faith in a frank and revealing 90-minute discussion.

The program, tellingly, is called “Honest to God.”

“This is an essential time to focus on how key leaders are influenced by faith,” said Jan Smith, a Cathedral congregant who is active in Cathedral outreach committees. “The Washington National Cathedral brings people of all faiths together in this important new series as we all seek truth and inspiration.”

The inaugural session of the series features three prominent, thought-provoking personalities of diverse religious backgrounds and the occasional political controversy sharing how their faith has influenced their thinking and their actions.

  • Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be named U.S. Secretary of State, has also been the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations as well as a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • David Saperstein is a lawyer and a rabbi and the first non-Christian to be appointed U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, an appointment made by President Obama.
  • David Brooks is the longtime columnist for the New York Times and a commenter on cultural affairs on PBS’s NewsHour. He is considered a conservative but finds himself in favor of same-sex marriage and recently described himself as “religiously bisexual.”

“Honest to God” is open to the public but registration and a $15 ticket are required. Find more information about reservations here.


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