Events calendar: Sunday, April 15



  • The National Symphony Orchestra will perform an animal-themed program at the National Zoo and hold a musical instrument “petting zoo” for A Day of Music, an event taking place as part of the Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras. 1 and 3 p.m. Free. Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW. 202-416-8100.
  • Viol consort Fretwork will perform Bach’s incomplete “Art of Fugue,” with its own ending composed by director Richard Boothby. 3:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Mark Questad on the horn, Claudia Chudacoff on the violin and Kathryn on the piano will play works by Fauré, Gounod and Brahms 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202.
  • The New Orchestra of Washington will present their final concert of the season, titled “From the New World” including music by Dvořák and Gershwin. 5 p.m. $15 to $30. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW.
  • Axel Flierl, an organist from St. Peter’s Basilica in Dillingen an der Donau, Germany, will perform a recital that includes compositions by Bach, Langlais, Wagner and Cocherau. 5:15 to 6:15p.m. Free; $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.

Discussions and lectures  

  • This month’s installment of “Conversations” at The Kreeger will focus on Bonnard’s painting “The Bay, The South of France.” “Conversations” is a monthly gallery talk, featuring a musical component, for individuals with memory disorders and their caretakers to reduce stress, stimulate their minds and encourage communication and socialization. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free; registration required. 202-337-3050 ext. 318.
  • Georgetown University professor John Glavin will discuss his memoir “The Good New: A Tuscan Villa, Shakespeare and Death,” detailing his time in Italy teaching Shakespeare’s Italian plays to American students, his wife’s battle with cancer and one of his relative’s murder by the Italian mafia. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The panel discussion “Why Is Art Necessary?” will bring together artists, collectors and philanthropists to discuss the role of art in a fast-paced world. 5 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.


  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts will hold a screening of the 2017 film “Little Stones,” which tells the personal narratives of four women around the world using art to create positive change in their community. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Sophia Kruz, along with two other local female documentary filmmakers, Falani Spivey and Priyali Sur. 3 to 5:30 p.m. $5 to $10; reservations required. 5th Floor Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

Special events

  • The fourth annual Anacostia River Festival will include a bike parade, lawn games and performances from various local arts and theater groups curated by the Washington Performing Arts Urban Arts Initiative. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE. 202-889-5901.  


  • Gallery B will hold an “Artist Talk and Collector’s Walk” lead by artist John Bodkin about his April exhibit “Essence,” including large, colorful abstract paintings. Bodkin has been painting for 50 years and whose works of art are displayed at U.S. embassies and in private, corporate and institutional collections. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. Suite E, Bethesda. 301-215-6600.