Two rarely heard symphonies -- of Haydn (his 67th) and Bruckner (his First) -- will be on the program for Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra this week. The other main orchestral attractions will be the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony in an all-Beethoven program, Friday night at the Kennedy Center, and the Montgomery Chamber Orchestra, with violinist Jody Gatwood as soloist, Saturday night at the National Bureau of Standards.
Notable chamber music of the week will include the Juilliard Quartet, Thursday and Friday at the Library of Congress; the Emerson String Quartet, Saturday night at the Renwick Gallery, and the Borealis Woodwind Quintet, Friday night at the Wolf Trap Barns.
Pianist Cecile Licad will give two recitals in the Jewish Community Center, Rockville, Saturday and next Sunday nights. The choir of St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle will give a concert Wednesday night in the National Cathedral.
The most unusual program of the week will happen Saturday night in the University of Maryland's Memorial Chapel: a performance of the "Ordo Virtutum" by the medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen.
The Central Ballet of China gives the final performances of its Kennedy Center Opera House engagement -- part of the troupe's debut U.S. tour -- this afternoon and evening. American Ballet Theatre settles into the Opera House for a three-week visit Tuesday evening, leading off with four performances of "Giselle" followed by four performances of Mikhail Baryshnikov's "Don Quixote." Baryshnikov will partner the company's newest principal dancer, Alessandra Ferri, in the opening-night "Giselle," and again on Friday evening in the same ballet. Maryland Dance Theatre, in its program at the University of Maryland's Tawes Theatre Saturday evening, will introduce artistic director Larry Warren's new "Poems for a Poet," a tribute to Tennessee Williams.
The 17th Annual Baltimore Film Festival kicks off this week with, among others, Mitsuo Yanagamichi's "Himatsuri" (Friday). Call 301-685-4170 for details.
Tuesday and Wednesday at the Circle Theater, Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion."
The Academy Awards series continues at the Biograph with, among others, "The Best Years of Our Lives."
Monday at 7:30 at the American History Building, the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program will show Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight."
Among current releases, "Angry Harvest," with a great performance by Armin Mueller-Stahl.
The Godfathers, Part 3: James Brown, the hardest working man in show business, and Chuck Brown, the hardest working man in Washington, showcase soul funk and go-go at the Washington Convention Center Sunday. They will rock you.
If Jim Morrison had been born in Liverpool, he'd have sounded like Ian McCullough, whose Echo and the Bunnymen are at the Warner on Tuesday with the Church. And the next night, The Cult bring their hardened version of '60s psychedelia to the same theatre, with Australia's exciting Divynyls.
If you're looking for the quintessential singer, one who can invest a lyric with depth and nuance you'd never suspect it of having, look no further than the exquisite Sarah Vaughan, who will be at Blues Alley Tuesday through Sunday.
Three rock-solid jazzmen-tenor saxophononist Joe Henderson, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart-investigate post-bop currents at the One Step Down Friday and Saturday.
English concertina and Northumbrian smallpipes virtuoso Alistair Anderson will perform in concert Saturday night at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church; on Sunday, he'll perform for a dance at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom.