Zdenek Macal will be the National Symphony Orchestra's guest conductor this week, with pianist Tzimon Barto as guest soloist in a program that includes Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. Among notable visiting orchestras will be the Hanover Band, performing an original-instrument program of Haydn and Mozart, Wednesday night at the Barns of Wolf Trap; also the West German Sinfonia, Tuesday night in the Terrace Theater. Local orchestras playing this week include the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, today at Washington Street United Methodist Church; the Prince George's Philharmonic, with pianist Jose Cacheras, Saturday night at Prince George's Community College; and the Alexandria Symphony, with violinist Monica Germino, Saturday night at T.C. Williams High School.

This will be an unusually busy week for vocal music of all kinds, including soprano Leontyne Price, Saturday night at George Mason University; the King's Singers, tonight at the Kennedy Center; the Light Blues, of Cambridge, England, making their Washington debut, today at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church; the Washington National Cathedral and Grace Cathedral Choirs of Men and Boys, today at Washington National Cathedral; the Alexandria Choral Society Chamber Chorus, today at the University of Maryland; the Arlington Unitarian Choir and Orchestra, tonight at the Unitarian Church of Arlington; and soprano Ilana Boin, Friday at Temple Sinai.

Free lunchtime concerts will include pianists Wai Ling Pong, Tuesday at the IMF Visitors' Center; Ci-Ying Sun, Wednesday at the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer; Liana Podlovschi, Wednesday at the IMF Visitors' Center; Bella Shiuk, piano, Thursday, at the Western Presbyterian Church; and bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz, Wednesday at St. John's Church.

The Castle Trio, playing Beethoven on original instruments tonight at the National Museum of American History, will highlight the week's chamber music, as will Musicians From Marlboro I, Tuesday night at the Terrace Theater, and Emmanuel Vardi, viola, with pianist Barbara Blegan, tonight at the National Gallery. Also worth noting: the Lucie Robert/Jeffrey Cohen Duo (violin and piano), Thursday night at the Canadian Embassy; Hesperus, Friday night at the Alden Theater, McLean; and oboist Kathleen Golding, bassoonist Truman Harris and pianist Kathryn Brake, Friday night at the French Embassy.

Pianists of the week: Ilana Vered, Saturday and next Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington; Jose Ramos Santana, today at the Lyceum in Alexandria; Daniel Blumenthal, today at the Phillips Collection; Lee Luvisi, Thursday night at the Terrace Theater; Tzvetan Konstantinov, Friday night at Strathmore Hall; Panayis Lyras, Saturday at the Terrace Theater.


"Urban Views," at Dance Place this afternoon, offers multimedia work by New York dance artists Donald Fleming, Sarah Skaggs, Paul Langland and David Zambrano, with guest artist Gail Turner. The pan-African dance-and-music extravaganza Africa Oye returns to the Washington area for a third visit, this time at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Friday night. African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, Washington's pioneering African dance troupe, directed by Melvin Deal, celebrates its 31st anniversary this season with an evening called "A Tribute to the Living Forgotten," dedicated to the resident population of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Southeast; festivities will be held at the hospital's Hitchcock Auditorium Saturday evening. Astad Deboo, a dancer-choreographer from India, presents works fusing Indian and Western forms at Dance Place Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.


Old-fashioned R&B vocals are on display today, when the Whispers join vanguardists After 7 at Constitution Hall, and Tuesday through Sunday at Anton's, where the Spinners reach into their deep bag of hits. Other vocal highlights of the week: the inimitable Betty Carter Thursday at Baird Auditorium and Saturday at Howard's Crampton Auditorium.

"Twin Peaks" fan alert: Julee Cruise, who occasionally appears on screen and soundtrack in the cult ABC series, makes her Washington debut tomorrow at Gaston Hall.

You can't go home again, but you can live happily in the '60s and early '70s, as do Jellyfish and Maggie's Drea, sharing a Tuesday bill at the 9:30.

Four jazz veterans who have yet to develop high profiles come together in the Meeting (Alphonso Johnson, Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler and Ernie Watts) Wednesday at the Bayou.

The beleaguered Cates Jazz Club finally reopens in town at Tenley Circle with some definite high notes courtesy of local fave pianist and singer Shirley Horn Thursday through Saturday.