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Music Programs

In an effort to increase wartime morale in the spring of 1942, the National Gallery of Art’s first director, David E. Finley, began to offer concerts as part of the Gallery’s Sunday evening programs. Since then, the Gallery’s music department has continued to present local, national, and international performers. Continuing our mission to inspire and uplift our visitors’ spirits, provide opportunities for innovative musicians, and highlight the intersection of the visual and performing arts, we present a broad range of ensembles, genres, and styles, from medieval through 21st-century classical music throughout the year in the Gallery’s iconic spaces. In 1999 the Gallery inaugurated Jazz in the Garden, an annual summer series that has become one of Washington’s most beloved events. We invite you to explore our programs online.


Sound Thoughts on Art

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Explore Past Performances Online

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Concert Performances

Enjoy video footage of past performances presented throughout the National Gallery of Art, and short films highlighting the connection between music and art.


A Closer Listen

Experience the vast collection of concerts recorded at the National Gallery spanning decades and musical genres.

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