18 -- Washington National Opera, "Billy Budd," 7 p.m. At the Kennedy Center Opera House.
20 -- Kathleen Battle, soprano, presented by WPAS, 8 p.m. At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Chanticleer will bring its Christmas program to George Mason on Dec. 3.
21 -- Guarneri String Quartet, 5 p.m. At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
23 -- Michael Appleman, violin, and Alexander Paley, piano, 7:30 p.m. At Strathmore Hall.
25 -- Mikhail Simonyan, violin, and Alexei Podkorytov, piano, 2 p.m. At Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
26 -- Washington Bach Consort, 3 p.m. At the National Presbyterian Church.
26 -- National Symphony Orchestra, Season Opening Ball Concert, 6 p.m. At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. A celebration of the 60th birthday of Leonard Slatkin. Cast includes Midori, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Murry Sidlin.
26 -- Vocal Arts Society presents Nathaniel Webster, baritone, 2 p.m. At Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
29 -- Liebeslieder Waltzes, 8 p.m. At the Clarice Smith Center. Music by Brahms and Schumann.
30 -- National Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Bell, violin, 7 p.m. At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Mendelssohn, Janacek and others.
2 -- Awadagin Pratt, piano, 8 p.m. At the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
2-3 -- Quartets Plus One: Stradivarius and Amati, 8 p.m. At the National Museum of American History.
5 -- Chee-Yun, violin, Barry Douglas, piano, 7:30 p.m. At Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
5 -- I Musici de Montreal, 8 p.m. At the Library of Congress. Canada's internationally renowned chamber orchestra.
7 -- New Zealand String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. At Strathmore.
9 -- Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, 8 p.m. At the George Mason University Center for the Arts.