ART Five Dupont Circle galleries -- Tartt, Ewing, Martin, Jones Troyer and Middendorf -- have joined forces to present a survey of the history of photography from its 19th-century beginnings to World War II. "Five Great Moments in Photography" is a feast for the eye and mind, a delight for collector and neophyte alike. CLASSICAL MUSIC More than 200 violinists are expected at the University of Maryland this week for the First American Violin Congress, with Yehudi Menuhin presiding and solo performances by Joshua Bell, Ani Kavafian, Robert McDuffie, Charles Treger, Joseph Silverstein, Elmar Oliviera and Ruggiero Rucci, not to mention such groups as the Really Electric String Quartet and String Fever. A special orchestra recruited from the delegates will give the final concert. Also a concert Friday night at Wolf Trap will feature the National Symphony Orchestra accompanying soloists in violin concertos by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Barber and Paganini.
On Thursday and Saturday, also at Wolf Trap, the National Symphony perform the "1812" Overture with Fabio Mechetti. Otherwise, the programs will be different on the two evenings, with Malcolm Frager as soloist in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Thursday and Coleman Blumfield as soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 2 on Saturday. Coincidentally, the soloist's son, Darrin Blumfield, will give a solo piano recital tonight at the National Gallery.
Andrew Litton will lead the Virginia Chamber Orchestra in music of Britten and Mozart tonight at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Tyson's Corner.
On Friday evening, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with David Zinman conducting, will perform music by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.
The Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival will open on Tuesday evening with music by Haydn, Martinu, Diamond and Brahms and will continue on Friday with Mozart, Rochberg and Schumann.
Other notable chamber music this week will include flutist Robert Dick tonight at the Renwick Gallery and the Washington Chamber Society, Saturday night at Wesley United Methodist Church and next Sunday at Montgomery College, Rockville.
Singers of the week: mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin, today at the Phillips Collection; and soprano Chrisseline Petropoulos, Thursday night at Strathmore Hall.
DANCE Works by area artists Richard Dunston, Nancy Havlik and Elly Porter are featured in the program of Dances by Three Choreographers at Dance Arts Moving Arts Theater this afternoon.
Another program by resident Washingtonians is Bliss, Buckley, McDonald, at Dance Place this evening.
From St. Louis comes Burning Feet Dance, directed by Suzanne Grace and making its area debut at Mount Vernon College's Hand Chapel Wednesday evening.
Dance Arts Moving Arts offers a Choreographers Forum, showcasing works by six local artists Friday through Sunday.
Sharon Wyrrick and Full Circle present dances by Wyrrick and the distinguished modern dance pioneer Pola Nirenska, at Dance Place Friday through Sunday evenings. FILM "I've flown 207 missions over enemy territory ... ," crows ex-Wing Commander Morton (Alex McCowen) in the film, "Personal Services," " ... in bra and panties." The movie, directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones, is a sly, music-hall turn on English sexual habits. It's the story of a British madam named Christine Painter (Julie Walters), whose brothel is a haven for the Empire's closeted masses. Their number, the film suggests, is legion. Jones seems to cherish his randy bad boys, and the result is a snickering comedy-of-sexual-manners. POP MUSIC Nostalgia is the theme this week, starting with the Beach Boys at Wolf Trap (two shows today) and John Mayall and (some new) Bluesbreakers at the Bayou tonight; on Tuesday, Wolf Trap hosts (some of) the Byrds, Herman's Hermits, the Grass Roots and (the most important) Turtles and/or Flo and Eddie. Roger McGuinn, who will not be with the Byrds, is at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday with John Kay and Steppenwolf and Alvin Lee, while the Orioles and Jewels are down at Baird Auditorium. And Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Friday and Saturday.
Good matchup -- Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Orchestra, at Wolf Trap on Wednesday.
While the Seldom Scene are being often seen in Europe this week, the Country Gentlemen hold down the Thursday chair at the Birchmere.
Tabu Ley Rocherau and his 20-piece Afrisa Internationale Orchestre featuring vocalist M'Bilia Bell are at Kilimanjaro's Friday and Saturday.
In a multi-star evening Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, Maze with Frankie Beverly, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Gap Band and Atlantic Starr are at at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Gladys Knight and the Pips are also headlining a benefit concert for Very Special Arts at the Kennedy Center on Thursday. THEATER The glorious songs of George Gershwin and the nimble lyrics of his brother Ira are just the thing to lift heat-wilted spirits. "Gershwin Celebration" (at the Opera House) gives us concert versions of two of the pair's celebrated musicals: the 1931 Pulitzer-Prize Prize-winner, "Of Thee I Sing" and its sardonic follow-up two years later, "Let 'Em Eat Cake." Jack Gilford narrates and Larry Kert, Maureen McGovern and Paige O'Hara are among those supplying songs.