Newsletter for December 11 to December 17 Newsletter for December 11 to December 17


Christmas with the Folger Consort: A Virtual Concert

Celebrate the holiday season with Folger Consort. Hear Yuletide favorites including J.S. Bach's Wachet auf (Sleepers Wake), alongside composer Michael Praetorius's wonderful setting of the same 16th-century Advent text. The holiday music includes Christmas classics from the English and American traditions, including 18th-century American choral composer William Billings. This virtual concert presented with Folger Shakespeare Library is available on-demand through January 5. Tickets are $25 to $50.


Friday, December 11
Online Event -- Hojas de Otoño: Margo Glantz

Mexican Cultural Institute

Online Exhibit -- Intimacy & Isolation
Zenith Gallery

Tour -- Santa's Elves Hunt
Mansion on O Street

Saturday, December 12
Online Concert -- Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee, pianos
Library of Congress

Online Concert -- New Asia Chamber Music Society
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Online Event -- Vienna Teng Live: Close to Home from Bluehouse Studios
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Sunday, December 13
Online Tour -- Grounds and Garden

Franciscan Monastery

Online Event -- Downtown Holiday Market
DowntownDC BID

Event -- Sunrise on the National Mall
Washington Photo Safari

Monday, December 14
Online Exhibit -- Uniting US: Veterans' Art Show
Hill Center DC

Exhibit -- Crafted Treasures
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC)

Online Exhibit -- Fashioning Yourself! A Story of Home Sewing
National Women's History Museum

Tuesday, December 15
Online Event -- Young Portrait Explorers
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Online Tour -- Historic House
Octagon Museum

Online Concert -- Seasonal Music with Cantor Arianne Brown
U.S. Botanic Garden

Wednesday, December 16
Online Event -- Shakespeare Lightning Round: Michael Witmore
Folger Shakespeare Library

Online Event -- Songs of Christmas Past
DAR Museum

Online Event -- Play Reading: Steel Magnolias
Ford's Theatre

Thursday, December 17

Online Exhibit -- Instruments of Change
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Online Event -- Young Learners Program: Orville Wright, Aviation Pioneer
National Archives

Event --  Holiday Lights! Van Ness + Forest Hills
Van Ness Main Street


Newsletter for December 11 to December 17, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website



The Korean Cultural Center is a public affairs office for the Embassy of Korea. It hosts public cultural events, exhibitions, and presentations, all free of charge and open to the public. Programs include language classes, lectures, and music performances. The final virtual exhibit of 2020, K-Art at Home: Tae Eun Kim, features the works of artist Tae Eun Kim, whose imagined cityscapes incorporate themes of politics, society, and science. The online exhibit highlights ten of the artist's multimedia works, and is on view through December 21.

The MusicianShip Wammie Awards

The Washington Area Music Awards, or the Wammies, has been celebrating DC area artists and musicians for 32 years. The 2021 Wammie Awards season has begun, and you can nominate your favorite DMV-based musicians for an award. Award categories range from the best music performance to the greatest community impact. Complete a nomination form and then check back to vote for one of the top seven nominees in each category. Presented by The MusicianShip, the Wammie Awards is just one of several music-based porgrams the organization presents annually.

Organ Concert Music with Jordan Prescott

Rising star Jordan Prescott is a leading organist, church musician, and scholar of his generation. A graduate of East Carolina University and Peabody Conservatory of John's Hopkins University, Jordan is now pursuing a doctor of musical arts. Listen to his online concert and discover how the organ remains revered in classical music. This free, online solo recital is presented by the Franciscan Monastery December 13 at 4:00 pm.

Songs of the Season

This Christmas season take a musical journey with the Choral Arts Society of Washington at Songs of the Season. Enjoy a selection of holiday carols and classics performed by the Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus and Youth Choir including Silent Night, the Hallelujah Chorus, and more. From new recordings and guest appearances, you can experience a unique holiday concert from home. One ticket allows viewing on one device. A link to view the HD Replay on demand will be sent after the event and is available to watch through January 1. Tickets are $15.

Sculpting the Nativity with Tim Schmalz

Sculptor Tim Schmalz returns to the Museum of the Bible to continue sculpting The Nativity using this year's inspiration, Silent Night. A Canadian sculptor, Schmalz sometimes takes as much as ten years to create a piece. While sculpting The Nativity, Schmalz will describe his artistic process and answer questions. The sculpture unveiling is at the museum December 13, during Family Fun Day. The event includes crafts projects and a family scavenger hunt.

December 21
We Make Antiques

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC)

December 31
NYE Mask-O-Rade Ball

Mansion on O Street

January 3
Free Community Day

National Museum of Women in the Arts


January 9
Video Webinar for Families: Stripes of All Types

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


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