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.

Winter/Spring 2018

March 23 – Canceled


April 6 – Nathan Carterette, piano (Iowa City, Iowa)
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – J. S. Bach

April 13 – Axel Flierl (Dillingen an der Donau, Germany)
Improvisations and Transcriptions

Choral-Improsivation sur le “Victime paschal laudes” – Charles Tournemire, reconstructed by Maurice Duruflé; “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Tannhäuser – Richard Wagner, transcribed by Franz Liszt; Berceuse á la mémoire de Louis Vierne –  Pierre Cochereau, reconstrudcted by Fréderic Blanc; Sortie improvisée sur ‘Haec dies” – Pierre Cochereau, reconstructed by François Lombard

April 20 – David K. Houston (College Park, Maryland)
Langlais All Day: Music of Jean Langlais ()1907-1991(
Suite Brève (Grand Jeux; Cantilène; Plainte; Dialogue sur les Mixtures); Pasticcio from Organ BookCalifornia Evocation from American SuiteTrois Pararases Grégoriennes (Mors et Resurrectio; Hymne d’Action de grâce “Te Deum”

April 27 – Christian Gautschi (Zurich, Switzerland)
Voluntary in D (Larghetto; Vivace) – William Boyce; Three short dances for the house organ (Anglaise; Waltz; Polka) – Traditional Swiss; Zäuerli (Swiss mountain yodel) – Traditional Swiss; Waves on the Danube (Viennese Waltz) – Iosif Ivanovici; Flying theme from “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – John Williams; Festive March, op. 22/30 – Erkki Melartin; Music (“Music was my first love and it will be my last”) – John Miles

May 4 – Carson Cooman (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Suite for Organ, op. 5 (Festiva!; Mirage; Friesian March) – Carol Williams; In the Garden: Frosty Morning – Thomas Åberg; Toccata No. 3 – Thomas Åberg; Celestial Visions from Beyond – Marco Lo Muscio

May 11 – Alan Hommerding (Chicago, Illinois)

May 18 – Nathan Davy (Dallas, Texas)

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

June 1 – Christopher Betts (Houston, Texas)

June 8 – Christopher Reynolds, Pride Recital (Richmond, Virginia)
Fanfare – Craig Phillips; Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547 – J. S. Bach; Prayer and Alleluias – Calvin Hampton; Fanfare – John Cook

June 15 – Colin MacKnight (New York City)

June 22 – Lynn Trapp (Cockeysville, Maryland)

June 29 – John Nothaft (Rochester, New York)

Fall 2018

September 7 – Mitchell Miller (Oberlin, Ohio)

September 14 – Jason Farris (Upperville, Virginia)

September 21 – The Barclay Brass (Washington, DC)

September 28 – Sondra Goldsmith Proctor (Canton, New York)

October 5 – Justin Brueggeman (Kingsport, Tennessee)

October 12 – Jordan Prescott (Durham, North  Carolina)

October 19 – Tyler Canonico (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

October 26 – Colin Mark Andrews (Bloomington, Indiana)

November 2 – Stefan Donner (Vienna, Austria)

November 9 – Christopher Schroeder (Baltimore, Maryland)

November 16 – Carol Feather Martin (Arlington, Virginia)

November 23 – No recital (Thanksgiving holiday)

November 30 – Jackson Borges (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)

December 7 – Chuyoung Suter (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

December 14 – Nicholas Will (Steubenville, Ohio)

December 21 – Kimberly Ann Hess (Arlington, Virginia)

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.

March 23 Concert Canceled

With predictions of a winter storm for Tuesday night and Wednesday, and with a performer needing to travel from out...
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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.