2023-24 Concert Season

Discover the wonder and beauty of music in the 2023-24 Concert Season presented by Washington National Cathedral. The Cathedral’s majestic and graceful spaces offer a dramatic backdrop unlike any other in the nation’s capital to absorb timeless classics and cutting-edge performances.

Past Washington National Cathedral Concerts

Thank you for having joined us for the 2023-24 concert season! Check back later in the summer for updates on 2024-25 concert offerings.

A July 4th Musical Celebration

Thu Jul. 4 • 11 am You're invited to the Cathedral on July 4th for a free performance featuring the US Army Band "Pershing's Own" Brass Quintet and Timpani and Cathedral Organist Thomas Sheehan. This Independence Day concert includes the world premiere of commissioned work Radiant Revolutions by Carson Cooman. No tickets required.

SOLD OUT: Marin Alsop Conducts Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Sun Jun. 30 • 6 pm Thank you for having joined us. Under the baton of world-renowned conductor Marin Alsop, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival Philharmonic with the Heritage Signature Chorale perform Beethoven’s iconic 9th Symphony, featuring poetry by Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. The orchestra will also perform Jennifer Higdon’s ethereal blue cathedral.

Past concert: Handel's Messiah

Fri Dec. 8 • 7 pm Sat Dec. 9 • 4 pm Sun Dec. 10 • 4 pm Thank you for having joined us! Join the Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra for Handel’s beloved  Messiah. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offer a venue unlike any other in DC to experience this masterpiece.

Past concert: Handel's Messiah - Family Edition

Thank you for having joined us! Experience the best of Messiah with the whole family: an abbreviated performance of Messiah highlights, perfect for busy families with young children.

Past concert: Christmas with The King's Singers

Fri Dec. 15 • 7 pm Thank you for having joined us! Celebrate the magic of the Christmas season with one of Britain’s most beloved vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers, in their only DC-area appearance. From Christmas favorites to lesser-known gems to some brand-new surprises, there’s no better way to embrace the warmth of the season.

Past Concert: J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Sun Mar. 24 • 4 pm Thank you for having joined us!Join the Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra for St. Matthew Passion, among the greatest masterpieces of the sacred concert canon.

Past Concert: In the Company of the Saints

Sun May 5 • 4 pm Thank you for having joined us! Join the Washington National Cathedral Choir in a concert that explores the legacies of saints from St. Peter and St. Paul, to Hildegard of Bingen, to Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Season's Archived Performances

Browse the available webcast versions of the 2023-24 season's archived concerts and recitals.

Labor Day Organ Recital

Sun Sep. 3 • 2 pm Featuring Bruce Neswick, artist-in-residence at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla, CA, and founding director of the Girls Choir at Washington National Cathedral.

Veterans Day Concert

Sat Nov. 11 • 4 pm Featuring Cathedral musicians and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra. Includes popular music from the American Civil War, World War I and II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras, along with other patriotic and celebratory favorites.

Thanksgiving Organ Recital

Sun Nov. 19 • 2 pm Featuring Caroline Robinson, Organist and Associate-Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.

Christmas Day Organ Recital

Mon Dec. 25 • 1:30 pm Featuring Cathedral Organist Thomas Sheehan.

Onward and Upward

Sat Feb. 3 • 4 pm An inspirational celebration of Black History Month through spoken word, dance, and music. Featuring Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel, the Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble, and the SE Tennis and Learning Center’s “Blacks in Wax.” Directed by Michele Fowlin.

Presidents Day Organ Recital

Sun Feb. 18 • 2 pm Featuring Kola Owolabi, Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame.

Easter Sunday Organ Recital

Sun Mar. 31 • 2 pm Featuring Thomas Sheehan, Cathedral Organist.

Memorial Day Organ Recital

Sun May 26 • 2 pm Featuring Thomas Sheehan, Cathedral Organist.

Cathedral Choral Society Concerts

The Cathedral Choral Society is presenting their 2023-24 season at Washington National Cathedral.

Two Cathedrals: Baroque Splendor from Mexico City

October 22, 2023
CCS and Washington Bach Consort join forces to celebrate baroque music from Mexico City’s Cathedral, extraordinary music resulting from a collision of cultures.

Joy of Christmas

December 16-17, 2023
Bells ring and jubilant voices beckon to all this holiday season. Gather with us at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the Joy of Christmas.

Seventeenth Annual High School Choir Festival

January 31, 2024
Choirs from schools around the Washington, DC region come together for a series of magnificent performances. Steven Fox conducts over 100 of DC’s best and brightest young singers in this favorite choral tradition.

Sonic Bloom: Music of Bruckner, Esmail, and Gabrieli

March 10, 2024
Immerse yourself in the music of Gabrieli, Bruckner, and Esmail as trumpets and voices resound in the vast expanse of the Cathedral Nave.

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert

May 19, 2024
Chorus meets big band: journey with us through jazz, choral music, blues and more in Ellington’s Sacred Concert, a work deemed “one of the towering giants of American music.”