DANCE

Dance Theatre of Harlem ends its week's run at the Kennedy Center Opera House with matinee and evening performances today, in programs including four of the troupe's five Washington premieres.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the Joffrey Ballet visits the Kennedy Center Opera House for a 10-performance series starting Saturday evening. Programs include a special Anniversary Salute on March 10; three Washington premieres, and 13 other ballets, including revivals and repertory favorites. POP

Like detectives, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral explore the nuances and possibilities of classic popular songs. In fact, they seem to dig into the heart of a ballad as if they were looking for gold nuggets. Exploring the repertoire of the Gershwin brothers and Rodgers and Hart at the Corcoran today, Cain and Kral should provide appropriately exquisite settings.

Emerging from the myriad styles of new music coming out of England, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark present a most intriguing synthesis -- the cold technology of synthesizer-based sounds humanized by bright melodic invention and an engaging pop sensibility. OMD will be at the Bayou tomorrow for one show only.

The most persistently enjoyable member of the old Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was John McEuen, a buck dancer who seemed able to master anything with strings on it. McEuen, whose love for traditional bluegrass and country music led to the seminal "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album, is making a rare solo appearance on Wednesday at the Birchmere.

Looking for a challenging new sound? Try Human Switchboard's rock 'n' rock, a tasty blend of punk intensity and new wave intelligence built around Myrna Marcarian's Farfisa organ and Bob Pfeifer's wrecking crew guitar. They'll be at the 9:30 club on Saturday. FILM

"Shoot the Moon" and the major Oscar contenders -- "Atlantic City," "Chariots of Fire," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Reds" and "On Golden Pond," all at various area theaters. ART

"Lessing J. Rosenwald: Tribute to a Collector" -- A superb survey of Western graphic art from its beginning in the Middle Ages to the present. At the National Gallery of Art. THEATER

"Morning's at Seven" -- Four elderly sisters, three husbands, a 40-year-old bachelor and his fiance of 12 years standing are the odd characters in Paul Osborn's homely comedy about the travails of a midwestern family in 1922. An appealing work, warmly acted by a cast that incudes Maureen O'Sullivan, Elizabeth Wilson, Kate Reid and Teresa Wright, as the sisters, all of them over 60 and going strong. At the National Theatre. MUSIC

After a month-long dearth of orchestral concerts, largely due to the National Symphony's European tour, orchestras are back in a big way starting today.

Eve Queler brings her Opera Orchestra of New York to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall this afternoon at 2 with a real rarity, a concert performance of Wagner's early opera, "Rienzi." There are nine soloists, three choruses and a brass band

Tomorrow night the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra comes to town, with Pinchas Zukerman conducting and Itzhak Perlman the soloist. It will play an all-Mozart program at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, including that most remarkable of the Mozart's solo string works, the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, K. 364.

The National Symphony plays its first post-tour concert Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center. Principal Guest Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos will conduct Mendelssohn, Bartok and Weinberger. Italian violinist Uto Ughi will play the Mendelssohn concerto. The concert will be repeated each day through Friday.