The National Symphony will split its programs this week under the baton of Rafael Fru hbeck de Burgos. All four programs will begin with Reger's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart and end with the 1919 version of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, with a work of Richard Strauss in between. But on Thursday and a week from Tuesday the central work will be the Burleske for Piano and orchestra with Lambert Orkis as soloist, while on Friday and Saturday it will be the Four Last Songs, with Jessye Norman as soloist. Is that clear now?
St. Joseph's Church on Capitol Hill has renovated its vintage Hook and Hastings organ and will rededicate it with a series of five free lunch-hour concerts beginning at noon tomorrow.
Pianist Blanca Uribe will play a very ambitious program this afternoon at the Phillips Collection: the four Chopin Ballades and Liszt's Sonata in B minor. At the National Gallery, baritone Robert Kennedy's program will include music of Britten, Dowland, Campion, Brahms and Copland. The Vienna Choir Boys will be singing this afternoon at the Kennedy Center.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's program tomorrow night at the Kennedy Center will include music of Richard Strauss, Honegger, Rachmaninoff and Ravel, with Charles Dutoit as guest conductor.
Virtuosi in Washington, a chamber orchestra that includes some of the city's finest free-lance musicians, will present a "Mediterranean Feast" -- music of Arriaga, Rameau, Vivaldi, Francaix, Skalkottas and Saint-Sae ns -- tomorrow night at the Performing Arts Center of Montgomery College.
Sopranos Ann Monoyios and Julianne Baird will be featured in an unusual program of vocal music from the time of Louis XIV, including a costumed mini-opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History. Also noteworthy: the Audubon Quartet, Saturday night at the Wolf Trap Barns, and the Washington Chamber Society, Saturday night at the Wesley United Methodist Church. DANCE
Daniel McCusker and the Ram Island Dance Company, from Portland, Maine, appear at the Dance Place this afternoon. Next weekend at the Dance Place, starting Friday evening, Lesa McLaughlin and Dancers will present the latest new works by one of Washington's most stimulating contemporary choreographers. FILM
Thursday and Friday at the AFI, a must-see: Orson Welles' fabulously garish film noir, "Touch of Evil," starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich and Welles himself. In a restored version.
The Shakespeare on Film and Television series continues this week at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater with Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" (Monday), Tony Richardson's "Hamlet" (Wednesday), Edgar G. Ulmer's "Strange Illusion" (Thursday) and Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy "To Be or Not to Be" (Friday), among others.
The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program's Festival of Indian Films kicks off at the Carmichael Auditorium of the National Museum of American History Monday with Aparna Sen's "36 Chowringhee Lane."
Wednesday at noon at the National Museum of American History, Frank Capra's comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Free.
Among current releases, "Shoah," Claude Lanzmann's ground-breaking documentary on the Holocaust, and "Year of the Quiet Sun," Krzysztof Zanussi's poignant portrait of postwar Poland, both at the Key Theatre. POP MUSIC
The first lady of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, graces the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Wednesday, sounding as vibrant and inventive as she ever has over the past forty years.
Folk and old-timey musicians Cathy Fink, Craig Johnson (Double Decker String Band) and Helen Schneyer explore America's musical arcana at the Birchmere on Wednesday.
Los Angeles' Descendants are leaders in the hard-core speed-thrash movement: Maybe they'll do "Wienerschnitzel," their 11-second opus about a boy and his fast-food drama. Wednesday at the 9:30 club.
Ian Tyson and his then-wife Sylvia were one of the most popular folk duos in the '60s. Now a cowboy and rancher in Alberta, he'll be making his first Washington appearance in 13 years Friday and Saturday at the Birchmere.