Music ProgramsSee all upcoming performances
Enjoy local, national, and international performers from a broad range of ensembles, genres, and styles throughout the year.
December 9 & 16
Sing in the Holidays!
Come hear the joyful sounds of the season as singers fill our halls with music of the holidays. From cherished classics to signature selections, some of our finest area choruses give 45-minute performances in our majestic West Building Rotunda.
A Midwinter Feast
Celebrate the holidays with ModernMedieval Voices and a collection of seasonal music spanning the last 800 years. Vocalists Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Martha Cluver, and Chloe Holgate perform medieval chants, carols, and traditional songs for Advent and Christmas from England, Ireland, and Wales. The trio also features chants celebrating the power of love and wisdom by Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval nun and mystic.
A Table Read
Join us as for a live table reading from the pilot episode Moon Time, a screenplay written by Dr. Elizabeth Rule (Chickasaw Nation) of American University.
Explore Past PerformancesSee all upcoming performances
Enjoy video footage of past performances presented throughout the National Gallery, and short films highlighting the connection between music and art.
About the Music Department
In an effort to increase wartime morale in the spring of 1942, the National Gallery’s first director, David E. Finley, began to offer concerts as part of the Sunday evening programs. Since then, our 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, we inaugurated Jazz in the Garden, an annual summer series that has become one of Washington’s most beloved events.