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Calendar of Special Events in Washington DC

Saturday November 10, 2018

5:00 p.m. – The New Orchestra of Washington: End of the War to End All Wars

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I – the Great War – ended. The New Orchestra of Washington, Washington Master Chorale, and Music Viva NY commemorate this solemn occasion one hundred years later with a co-commission from acclaimed American composer Joseph Turrin, based on texts by war poets. The program also features works by Holst and and Ravel, both composers directly affected by World War I.


Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street Northwest
Washington, DC all-wars


7:00 p.m. – Washington National Opera: Silent Night

On Christmas Eve at the height of World War I, a spontaneous cease-fire arises between enemy soldiers. Based on the true story and 2005 film, Silent Night features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Eisenhower Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC


7:00 p.m. – John Brancy and Peter Dugan: A WWI Memorial in Song

Baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan WWI musical performance.
Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Armistice: The Journey Home explores timeless themes of loss, love, and longing for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Musical selections range from Schubert's Der Wanderer, to Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, plus popular tunes of the WWI era and rarely-heard songs by German composer Rudi Stephan, who was killed in the war.


The National Museum of American History
Hall of Music
1300 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC



Sunday November 11, 2018

8:30 a.m. – Walking Tour: World War One Centennial: The Imprint of World War I

Meet at the National WWI Memorial by the statue of Gen. John J. Pershing Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets NW
Although Washington, D.C. awaits a national memorial to World War I, sites associated with the “War to End All Wars” are hiding in plain sight, testimonies to the foot soldiers, generals, bureaucrats and U.S. presidents involved in the cataclysmic conflict.
Presented by Washington Walks, $20 per person.

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. D.C. War Memorial Commemoration

The District of Columbia National Guard in partnership with the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C. will hold a World War I commemoration event at the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall. Activities include an honor guard, band, tribute and wreath laying and reading of names. The names of 499 men and women from the District of Columbia who gave their lives in World War I are inscribed on the memorial as a perpetual record of their patriotic service to their country. Of the names inscribed on the memorial, 49 are District of Columbia National Guardsmen. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, visit


D.C. War Memorial 
National Mall
Washington, DC


11:00 a.m. – National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.


Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA


1:00 p.m. – Walking Tour: The Great War in Arlington Cemetery

Duration - Approximately 2 hours.
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!
Cost - $20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card (using your smartphone) when you arrive.


Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA


4:00 p.m. – 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day - A Memorial Performance

Bowen McCauley Dance Company joins the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.
BMDC celebrates 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day with a performance of Eric Hampton’s “UnRavel” set for the first time to a live music accompaniment. The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra will present the music of Maurice Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin as a memorial dedication to Ravel’s many friends who perished during WWI.


Kenmore Middle School
200 S Carlin Springs Road
Arlington, VA 22204


5:00 p.m. – National Veterans Day Concert

The National Veterans Day Concert honors the men, women and families who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Through words, music and images, join us as we celebrate the indomitable spirit of our veterans, their triumph over adversity, their resilience and their love of country.
The Washington National Cathedral Choir, together with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra, presents an evening of patriotic and contemplative music, with stories from our returning service members and their loved ones.


Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC



Sunday November 18, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – WWI History Tour

Join Arlington National Cemetery historians for a free tour on World War I. For more information or to RSVP, visit


Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA


2:00 p.m. – The Washington Chorus’ Brahms' German Requiem & Britten's Ballad of Heroes

The Washington Chorus begins its 58th season with Johannes Brahms’ magnificent A German Requiem, Op. 45, and Benjamin Britten’s Ballad of Heroes.Brahms’ beloved requiem looks to console the living, while Britten’s Ballad urges the listener to remember the sacrifices made on their behalf by soldiers killed in war. Artistic Director Christopher Bell conceived the program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (November 11, 1918), which marked the end of World War I, now recognized as Veterans Day in the United States.


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Hall
2700 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC