Concert Season 2022-23
Selling Fast: Secret Byrd, March 4-5
Tickets are selling fast for the intimate performance of “Secret Byrd” on March 4-5. Presented in the intimate confines of Bethlehem Chapel, this candlelit concert featuring Bill Barclay and Cathedra will transport you to 16th Century England, where secret worshippers gather behind closed doors to worship God against the threat of persecution during the height of Catholic-Protestant struggle.
Available: Saturday, March 4 at 1 pm and 4 pm; Sunday, March 5 at 4 pm (SOLD OUT) and 7 pm. Get your tickets before they’re gone!
2022-2023 Concert Season
Discover the wonder and beauty of music in the 2022-23 Concert Season presented jointly by Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral Choral Society. 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. Due to the lateness of the season, the subscription packages are no longer available.
Individual Concert Tickets Now Available
Romeo And Juliet: Berlioz & Shakespeare
Sat., Oct. 22, 2022 • 4 pm
The fiery passion and stunning tenderness of the Romeo & Juliet story come to life in Hector Berlioz’s most original work. The Atlanta Ballet joins CCS for a dramatic rendering of the choral symphony, with new choreography by Claudia Schreier.
Veterans Day Concert
Sun, Nov. 11 • 2 pm
Join Washington National Cathedral and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra for an evening of patriotic and celebratory music, presented in collaboration with Dog Tag Bakery, Team RWB, Hidden Heroes, and other organizations working to support veterans and their families in civilian life.
Thanksgiving Organ Recital
Sun., Nov. 20, 2022 • 2 pm
Celebrate Thanksgiving with Alcee Chriss, University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, for an afternoon of organ music in a Cathedral adorned with the beauty of God’s abundance.
Dec. 2-4 • times vary
The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offer a venue unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.
Joy Of Christmas
Dec. 10-11 • times vary
Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm your spirit.
Christmas Day Organ Recital
Sun., Dec. 25 • 1:30 pm
Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and Rebecca Ehren present a program of festive Christmas music on the Cathedral’s Great Organ.
President's Day Organ Recital
Sun., Feb. 19, 2023 • 2 pm
Celebrate President’s Day with Christa Rakich, Visiting Professor of Organ at Oberlin College & Conservatory, with an afternoon of music that commemorates our nation’s history.
Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2023
William Byrd’s masterful Mass for Five Voices is the framework for this intimate candlelit concert, presented by Bill Barclay and Cathedra. Available: Saturday, March 4 at 1 pm and 4 pm; Sunday, March 5 at 4 pm (SOLD OUT) and 7 pm.
To The Wild Sky: Rachmaninoff, Tennyson & Poe
Sun., March 19, 2023 • 4 pm
The world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra joins CCS at Washington National Cathedral for this stunning marriage of music and words.
In Paradisum: Duruflé's Requiem And Poulenc's Motets
Sun., April 2, 2023 • 4 pm
On Palm Sunday, immerse yourself in Poulenc’s penitential motets and the orchestral technicolor of his Tenebrae responsories; revel in Duruflé’s explorations of Gregorian chant and his breathtaking Requiem.
Easter Sunday Organ Recital
Sun., April 9, 2023 • 2 pm
Cathedral organist Thomas Sheehan celebrates the joy of Easter with a selection of uplifting music to celebrate the Resurrection on the Cathedral’s Great Organ.
Sun., April 30, 2023 • 4 pm
Bridging the Renaissance and the Baroque is Monteverdi’s rarely-performed 1610 Vespro della Beata Vergine. The splendor and beauty of the Cathedral offers a dramatic backdrop for an afternoon of musical texture and sacred sound.
Our Work Unfinished: Hailstork & Obama
Sun., May 14, 2023 • 4 pm
In Done Made My Vow, Adolphus Hailstork calls upon words from Barack Obama’s early speeches. Stanley J. Thurston leads the combined forces of the Cathedral Choral Society and the Heritage Signature Chorale in this and other works from African American composers.
Memorial Day Organ Recital
Sun., May 28, 2023 • 2 pm
Today, we celebrate the resilience and fortitude of our armed services, giving thanks for their bravery and honoring their myriad achievements for our country. Featuring guest organist Carson Cooman, composer in Residence and Research Associate in Music at the Memorial Church of Harvard University.
Independence Day Concert
Tues., July 4, 2023 • 11 am
You’re invited to join Washington National Cathedral for an Independence Day concert to celebrate the enduring values that make America strong, resilient and compassionate. Happy Birthday, America!
Subscription Packages (no longer available)
- Free parking at all concerts
- 10% off tickets at time of purchase
- Free ticket exchanges
- Other perks throughout the season
a musical pilgrimage
Experience the full season of musical offerings with Washington National Cathedral and Cathedral Choral Society, from dramatic organ recitals to tour de force renderings of awe-inspiring works.
- Includes the full array of Washington National Cathedral’s and Cathedral Choral Society’s concert season
- Includes the seven organ recitals
- In-person or online options
Immerse yourself in the majesty of combined choral-orchestral music. This package features the eight large concert offerings of WNC and CCS, including Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
- Includes all CCS concerts
- Includes Cathedral choral-orchestral concerts (Handel’s Messiah, Secret Byrd, In Paradisum, and Monteverdi’s Vespers)
the king of instruments
Revel in the awe-inspiring repertoire of organ music performed during the nation’s civic holidays, featuring Thomas Sheehan and noted guest organists.
- Four organ recitals featuring Thomas Sheehan
- Three recitals featuring guest celebrity organists
- Advance registration is for online viewing only
Need more flexibility? Mix and match the concerts that you’d like to see! Minimum of three concerts.
- The full array of Washington National Cathedral’s and Cathedral Choral Society’s concert season
- Select between three and eight concerts to attend from the 2022–2023 season
- Does not include organ recitals