There is but one choice for the print lover this week, and it is the exhibition of German Expressionist prints from the collection of Washington artist, curator and collector Jacob Kainen and his wife Ruth. Throughout the show, at the National Gallery of Art, the Expressionists' joy, grief, anger, lust and savagery vie for attention with Jacob Kainen's own, calmer influence. Worth a visit. CLASSICAL MUSIC

Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony return from their European tour this week and open their subscription season, Thursday night at the Kennedy Center, with trumpeter Maurice Andre as soloist.

David Zinman, the new music director of the Baltimore Symphony, will bring his orchestra to the Kennedy Center Wednesday night with Isaac Stern and Peter Serkin as soloists.

National Arts Week reaches its musical climax this afternoon at the Kennedy Center with a concert by the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Topilow conducting and Charlton Heston and jazz pianist Billy Taylor as guest artists. Other notable visiting orchestras this week include the Manchester Music Festival String Orchestra, Friday night in the Terrace Theater and the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Saturday night in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

The Washington Bach Consort opens its ninth season of free concerts this afternoon at the Church of the Epiphany with a program of cantatas, organ music and the Suite in D minor for unaccompanied cello.

Notable keyboard recitals this afternoon: pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the NIH's Masur Auditorium; organist Marie-Claire Alain at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church and pianist Andrew Rangell at the Phillips Collection.

Also on the calendar: a tuba recital Friday at the University of Maryland; the Lindsay String Quartet, Friday night in the Library of Congress; the Aspen Wind Quartet, Saturday afternoon at the Library of Congress; and pianist Margaret Leng Tan, Saturday afternoon at the Terrace Theater. DANCE

The New York City Ballet winds up its repertory programs today with a matinee and evening performance at the Kennedy Center Opera House, and resumes Tuesday evening with George Balanchine's full-length "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to music by Mendelssohn, running through next Sunday evening.

Jazz tap dancer Brenda Bufalino gives her final performances of a two-week run at Baltimore's Theatre Project, this afternoon and evening.

The Dancers of the Third Age troupe presents a free program at the Langdon Park Recreation Center midday Wednesday.

PATH Dance Company, based in Baltimore, offers premieres by its artistic director Kathy Wildberger and Washington's Carla Perlo, as well as other works by Wildberger and Jeff Duncan, in a program at Baltimore's Theatre Project that runs Wednesday through Sunday. FILM Tomorrow and Wednesday at the American Film Institute, Greta Garbo in "Grand Hotel." Call for details.

The Surrealist Cinema series continues Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery with films by Man Ray, Germaine Dulac and Henri d'Ursel. Call for details.

Tuesday at 7:30, the Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress will present the Washington premiere of Andrei Konchalovsky's "Maria's Lovers," starring Nastassja Kinski and Robert Mitchum. Thursday at 7:30, the Washington premiere of Alan Rudolph's "Songwriter," starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

The Soviet Cinema series continues at the Biograph Thursday with three Eisenstein classics: "Strike," "Battleship Potemkin," and "Alexander Nevsky."

Among current releases, "Plenty," a masterful character study of a woman and a nation, by Fred Schepisi; opening Friday, Martin Scorsese's vivid and imaginative "After Hours." POP MUSIC

The First Annual Glen Echo Bluegrass and Old Timey Music Festival brings together 29 bands and hopefully a lot more fans at Glen Echo today, from noon to 6 p.m. It's free, too.

The first Washington Area Music Awards will be at Lisner Auditorium tonight, a kaleidoscope of local music and national aspirations. From 7 p.m.

Augustus Pablo, Jamaica's legendary instrumentalist, producer and dubmaster, makes his Washington debut Monday at Club Saba.

Commander in Chief Ebenezer Obey, along with King Sunny Ade, is the reigning juju musician in Nigeria. He makes his Washington debut at Kilimanjaro's Heritage Hall on Thursday and Friday.

Magician David Copperfield has a lot of fun making things appear and disappear, which he'll do with audiences and inhibitions, respectively, over the course of five shows Friday and Saturday at the Warner.

A rare treat: Judy Collins in an intimate setting like Wolf Trap's 350-seat Barns. It'll happen on Friday, as Collins kicks off the Barns' fall season.