Then and Now: Celebrating 60 years of the National Gallery of Art West Building
Exterior Views: A Grand Presence
Interior Views: Changing Perspectives
Visiting the Gallery: Systems and Services
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National Gallery orchestra, 1948
Richard Bales and the National Gallery Orchestra in the East Garden Court, 1948

National Gallery orchestra, 2001
George Manos and the National Gallery Orchestra in the East Sculpture Hall, 2001


Music
Since 1943 the National Gallery of Art has continuously presented free, privately-funded Sunday evening concerts for the public. Over the course of nearly six decades an extraordinary range of performances has included orchestral and solo concerts from medieval monody to modern jazz. Two long-serving music directors have overseen music at the museum: first Richard Bales, who served from 1943 to 1985, and then George Manos, who assumed the position in 1985.

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