SEPTEMBER

9. Pianist Steven Silverman opens the season at the Lyceum in Alexandria and pianist Edward Newman does the same at the Phillips Collection. 10. Mezzo-soprano Diana Burson-Ayerbe and pianist Thomas Pandolfi at the West German Embassy. 12. Marie Dowden, mezzo-soprano, and soprano Lori Lynn are featured in the lunchtime series at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. 13. Chris Vadala, clarinet, and Kathleen Vadal, piano, are featured in the lunchtime series at Mount Vernon College. 13. The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, opens its subscription season with music of Schuman, Copland and Mussorgsky. 14. Vladimir Ekzarkhov, bass, with pianist Ruth Ann McDonald, performs arias of Glinka, Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff in the University of Maryland's Tawes Recital Hall. 15-16. Cellist Ofra Harnoy at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. 16. Pianist Jean Carrington Cook at George Mason University's Harris Theater. 16. The Capitol Woodwind Quintet opens its season at Temple Micah/St. Augustine's Church. 16. St. John's College Choir, of Cambridge, England, at the Washington Cathedral. 21-22. The Handel Festival Orchestra opens its subscription season and (on Sept. 22) its Handel for Children program in the Terrace Theater. 23. The Open House Arts Festival at the Kennedy Center. 23. The Shir Chadash Chorale at the Washington Cathedral. 23. The Castle Trio opens its season at the Smithsonian. 23. National Musical Arts opens its season at the National Academy of Sciences. 23. Washington Concert Opera performs "Lucrezia Borgia" at Lisner Auditorium. 24. The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti, with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 25. Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, soprano, and pianist Carla Hubner perform with poet Jean Nordhaus at Mount Vernon College. 27. Artists to End Hunger concert, featuring violinist Jody Gatwood, soprano Susan Bender, flutist Kathleen Trahan and pianist Maribeth Gowen, at Wesley Theological Seminary's Oxnam Chapel. 29. The DeReggi Inter-Arts Ensemble presents the world premiere of "The Secret World," a dance opera, at the French Embassy. OCTOBER 1. The American Chamber Orchestra, with flutist Toshiko Kohno and violist Richard Parnas as guest soloists, in the Terrace Theater. 2. The Guarneri String Quartet in the Terrace Theater. 2. The Lenox Ensemble at Mount Vernon College. 3. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the Kennedy Center. 4. The ensemble Sequentia performs at National Presbyterian Church. 5. Manchester String Quartet opens its season at Holton-Arms School. 5. the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington performs at an interdenominational AIDS healing service at the Washington Cathedral. 5. Gary Louie, saxophone, and Lisa Emenheiser Logan, piano, open the season at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. 6. Daniel Heifetz, violinist, with the University of Maryland Chamber Ensemble, performs Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" at the Terrace Theater. 6-7. The Theater Chamber Players open their season Saturday night in the Terrace Theater and Sunday afternoon at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. 6. The Cleveland Quartet at the University of Maryland. 6. The Chamber Artists of Washington open their season at the French Embassy. 7. The BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Air Force Marching Band and the BBC Chorus commemorate the Battle of Britain at the Kennedy Center. 7. The National Gallery Orchestra, conducted by George Manos, opens its 50th-anniversary season of free concerts at the National Gallery. 8. Pianist Daniel Barenboim at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 10. The Czech Philharmonic, with Jiri Belohlavek conducting and pianist Andrea Lucchesini, at the Kennedy Center. 11. Richard Goode, piano, at the Terrace Theater. 12. The DeReggi Inter-Arts Ensemble presents works of Ulrich Suesse, including the world premiere of a multimedia piece, at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. 12. The Fairfax Symphony opens its season, with the Reston Chorale, at George Mason University's new Center for the Arts. 12. The Smithsonian Chamber Players open their season with a Bach program at the Museum of American History. 12. Alfredo Kraus, tenor, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 13. Ignacio Alcover, cello, and Kathryn Brake, piano, at Anderson House. 13. The Jupiter Symphony, conducted by Jens Nygaard, with pianist Lilian Kallir, at the University of Maryland's Center of Adult Education. 13. The Folger Consort opens its season with a program of German Renaissance music at the Folger Library. 14. Haesun Paik, piano, at the Lyceum. 14. The Palladio Ensemble, from Switzerland, performs at Strathmore Hall. 16. Leland Chen, violin, at the Terrace Theater. 18-19. Comic pianist Victor Borge in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 18-19. The Juilliard Quartet opens the Library of Congress concert season at the National Academy of Sciences. 19-20. The National Chamber Orchestra opens its season with pianist Andre-Michel Schub, Friday at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Saturday at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. 20. Brian Ganz, piano, at the Terrace Theater. 20. The Boston Symphony, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 20. The 20th Century Consort opens its season with music of Beaser Foss at the Hirshhorn Museum. 20. The Takacs Quartet at the University of Maryland's Center of Adult Education. 20. The Apple Hill Chamber Players open the season at Dumbarton Church. 20. The Alexandria Symphony opens its season at T.C. Williams High School. 21. The Pittsburgh Symphony, conducted by Lorin Maazel, at George Mason University. 21. The Cathedral Choral Society performs the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Daniel Gawthrop, as well as Taneyev's canata "John of Damascus," at the Washington Cathedral. 23. The Japan Philharmonic at Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 23. Ciosoni, a new-music chamber ensemble from Tennessee, at Mount Vernon College. 23. George Mason University Symphony Orchestra performs in the university's Harris Theater. 25. The Leningrad Philharmonic, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, with pianist Dmitri Alexeen, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 25-26. The Beaux Arts Trio plays in the Library of Congress concert series at the National Academy of Sciences. 26. Jessye Norman, soprano, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 26-28. The Schubert, Schubert and Schubert Festival, featuring the Auryn Quartet, soprano Brigitte Poschner-Klebel, clarinetist Siegfried Schenner, baritone Gordon Getty, double bassist Robert Dodelin and cellist David Soyer, at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall. 27. The Nevilla Ottley Singers at Takoma Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church. 27. The D.C. Youth Orchestra at Coolidge High School. 27. The Boys Choir of Harlem, Walter Turnbull, director, at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. 28. Hesperus opens its season with music from 17th-century Europe at Meridian House International. 29. The Handel Festival Orchestra performs "La Contessa dei Vampiri" ("The Countess of the Vampires") at the Terrace Theater. 31. A gala 10th-anniversary concert of the Maryland Handel Festival will be held at Joseph Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore. 31. The Colorado String Quartet, the 20th Century Players and soprano Allison England, conducted by Stephen Mosko, will perform the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mel Powell at the Terrace Theater. NOVEMBER 1-3. The Maryland Handel Festival will explore the composer's chamber, orchestral and vocal music, including the opera "Agrippina," with scholarly papers and symposiums on the College Park campus. 2, 4. The Prince George's Opera presents Verdi's "La Traviata," Friday at Prince George's Community College and Sunday at Lisner Auditorium. 2. The Washington Chamber Society at Strathmore Hall. 3. Coleman Blumfield, piano, at the Terrace Theater. 3. The Washington Opera opens its season with "Salome" at the Kennedy Center Opera House. 4. Murray Perahia, piano, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 4. The Choral Arts Society performs Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Boito's Prologue to "Mefistofele," at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 6. Ensemble La Guerre at Mount Vernon College. 8. The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, with violinist William Steck in the world premiere of Leonard Rosenman's Violin Concerto. 9. Allyn Miner, sitar, with Jaywant Utpat, tabla, at Strathmore Hall. 9. The Oratorio Society of Washington at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 10. The Washington Opera performs "La Boheme" in the Kennedy Center Opera House. 11. The King's Singers at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 13. The West German Sinfonia, conducted by Dirk Joeres, with flutist Gary Schocker at the Terrace Theater. 17. Musicians From Marlboro at the Terrace Theater. 17. Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano, at the University of Maryland's Center of Adult Education. 17. Leontyne Price, soprano, at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. 17-18. Pianist Ilana Vered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. 18. Paul Hill Chorale at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 27. The Smithson String Quartet opens its season at the Renwick Gallery. 28. In the "Opera in the Chapel" series at Mount Vernon College, selections from Ravel's "The Spanish Hour," Pergolesi's "La Serva Padrona," De Falla's "Master Peter's Inn" and Moss/Chekhov/Bentley's "The Bear." 30. Aurora Natola Ginastera, cello, and Jonathan Feldman, piano, in the Terrace Theater. 30. The American Boychoir at Strathmore Hall. DECEMBER 1. National Musical Arts, with composer Manuel Enriquez, at the National Academy of Sciences. 2. The Arlington Metropolitan Chorus, performing Bach's "Magnificat" and Scribner's "The Nativity," at National Presbyterian Church. 4. Pavel Pekarsky, violin, at the Terrace Theater. 4. "Amahl and the Night Visitors" opens in the Eisenhower Theater,to play through Dec. 9. 5. A program of music by David Diamond at the Terrace Theater. 5. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

16. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington at the Church of the Epiphany. 6, 8. The Barnes-Hampton Consort presents "A Celtic Christmas," featuring readings by Robert Aubry Davis, at Dumbarton Church. 7. Jose Feghali, piano, at the Terrace Theater. 8. The Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia performs "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre. 8. Andre Watts, piano, at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. 8-9. The Cathedral Choral Society, with the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, present "The Joy of Christmas" at Washington Cathedral. 9. The Paul Hill Chorale at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 11. The Shanghai String Quartet, with pianist Lilian Kallir, at the Terrace Theater. 14-17. The National Symphony Orchestra performs Handel's "Messiah" at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 15. The Arlington Metropolitan Chorus will hold a "Messiah" sing-along at First Presbyterian Church. 15-16. Theater Chamber Players, with soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, performing Wolf's "Sacred Songs" and Bach's Cantata 51: "Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen," Saturday in the Terrace Theater and Sunday at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. 15-16. Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. 15, 18, 22. The Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 16. Hanukah at the Kennedy Center. 18-23. The Folger Consort presents "A Medieval Christmas" at the Folger Shakespeare Library. 21-22. The Paul Hill Chorale at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 22. The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, on original instruments, with the Smithsonian Chamber Chorus, performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio at the National Presbyterian Church. 23. "Messiah" sing-along at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 26. The New York String Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 28. A gospel concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 29. The Washington Opera opens "The Magic Flute" for 11 performances through Jan. 25 at the Eisenhower Theater. 30. The D.C. Youth Orchestra gives a 30th-anniversary gala concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 30. The National Gallery Orchestra, conducted by George Manos, performs "Music of Vienna" at the National Gallery of Art. 31. "A Night in Old Vienna," at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.