Friday Music at Midday

Come and join us on most Fridays of the year at 12:15 p.m. for beautiful music in the magnificent setting of National City Christian Church.

Schedule of Performances: Fridays at 12:15 p.m.

Fall 2017

November 24 – NO RECITAL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 1 – Chuyoung Suter (Gaithersburg, Maryland)
Program: Sonate Nr. 3 A-Dur op. 65, Nr. 3 – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Prélude Fugue et Variation op 18 – César Franck; Moto Ostinato aus der Sonntagsmusik – Petr Eben

December 8 – Tyler Canonico (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Program: Aria – Andrew Carter; Toccata on Veni Emmanuel – Andrew Carter; Fantasia in F minor, K 594 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Four Concert Etudes (Introduction; I. Octaves; II. Accordes alternées; III. Sarabande avec double-pedale; IV. Tierces) – David Briggs

December 15 – Neil Weston (Washington, DC)
Program: Toccata – Roland Erisman; Two Christmas Pieces (Christmas Dance of the Little Animals; Sortie of the Three Kings) – Harvey Gaul; Christmas in Sicily – Pietro Yon; Trompette du Trouvère – Paul Halley

Winter/Spring 2018

February 2 – Craig Williams (West Point, New York)

February 9 – Alexander Frey (Berlin, Germany)

February 16 – Christopher Schmitt, Piano (Washington, DC),

February 23 – James D. Hicks (Morristown, New Jersey)

March 2 – John D. Horman (Washington, DC)

March 9 – Joby Bell (Boone, North Carolina)

March 16 – Clara Gerdes (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

March 23 – James W. Kosnik (Norfolk, Virginia)


April 6 – Nathan Carterette, piano (Iowa City, Iowa)

April 13 – Axel Flierl (Donaualtheim, Germany)

April 20 – Christopher Betts (Bethesda, Maryland)

April 27 – Christian Gautschi (Zurich, Switzerland)

May 4 – Carson Cooman (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

May 11 – Alan Hommerding (Chicago, Illinois)

May 18 – Nathan Davy (Dallas, Texas)

May 25 – Liana Paniyeva, piano (Hartford, Connecticut)

June 1 – David K. Houston (College Park, Maryland)

June 8 – Christopher Reynolds, Pride Recital (Richmond, Virginia)

June 15 – Colin MacKnight (New York City)

June 22 – Lynn Trapp (Cockeysville, Maryland)

June 29 – John Nothaft (Rochester, New York)

Most of the Friday concerts at National City feature the church’s pipe organ, its MAGICAL, MYSTICAL, MUSICAL MACHINE!

Performers in our concert series make the pipe organ come alive and opens your eyes to the amazing world of the King of Instruments. Come surround yourself with the instrument’s 7,000 pipes and hear the ROAR that Washington D.C.’s third-largest pipe organ makes in this reverberant space. You’ll experience the organ’s MAGIC, power, and versatility, the MYSTERY of the organ’s unique sounds, the exciting MUSIC of the great composers for the pipe organ, and a fascinating fully hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind musical MACHINE that incorporates wood working, metal-smithing, electricity and electronics, computer technology, physics, acoustics, and a lot of other scientific and musical know-how.

You are invited to come hear the majesty of the five-keyboard Möller pipe organ in 30-minute FREE recitals of some of the most thrilling and sublime music written by the great musical geniuses of the pipe organ. Hands-on displays of organ pipes, colorful photographs of the inner workings of the NCCC organ, interesting information on pipe organ history, and a post-recital demonstration of how the organist operates the keyboards, pedal board, and over 300 controls provides an up-close-and-personal look at this complex and intriguing musical machine.

Derrick Ian Meador to Perform This Friday, November 17

Please join us this Friday, November 17, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Derrick Ian Meador will perform our free...
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Even if you’re not a musician, familiar with the pipe organ at all, or one who rarely steps foot inside a church: these recital/demonstration events are for YOU! The recital series events are geared to attract and engage people of all ages, those familiar with the pipe organ, and those who’ve never seen one up close, or are acquainted with its musical possibilities.

Be sure to join us on FRIDAYS from 12:15-1:00pm (September through December & February through June) and start your weekend with the exciting and floor-shaking sounds generated by National City Christian Church’s “Magical, Mystical, Musical Machine” and other concert offerings.

National City Christian Church is enormously grateful to all those who have supported and continue to support this recital series through their weekly presence and generous financial contributions.

Organists who are interested in performing on the Friday noon-time recital series are encouraged to apply by submitting an unedited recording of a most recent public organ recital and a printed program from that recorded recital, other copies of recently played recital programs, and a current biography. Please send all materials by e-mail to or by postal mail to:

Rev. Dr. J. Michael McMahon, Minister of Music
National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington D.C. 20005

For additional information about this series, the music ministry, and the organ of National City Christian Church, please call the NCCC Music Office 202-797-0103 or contact us via email.