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.

Archive of Virtual Concerts: March - July 2020

VIRTUAL CONCERTS: March, April, May, June
All live Music at Midday concerts were canceled beginning in mid-March. In their place we were proud to present a series of virtual concerts each Tuesday and Friday between March 24 and July 7. You may enjoy any of these wonderful performances by clicking on the links below.

March 24 – John Nothaft, Organist (Vienna, Virginia)
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March 27 – Loreto Aramendi, Organist (San Sebastián, Spain)
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March 31 – Emmanuel Duperrey, Organist (Villemonble, France)
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April 3 – Jordan Prescott, Organist (Baltimore, Maryland)
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April 7 – Carol Feather Martin, Organnist (Arlington, Virginia)
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April 10 (Good Friday) – Wm. Glenn Osborne, Organist (Baltimore, Maryland)
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April 14 – Colin MacKnight, Organist (New York City)
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April 17 – Julie Vidrick Evans, Organist, and the Apollo Orchestra (Washington, DC)
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April 21 – Christian Gautschi, Organist (Zurich, Switzerland)
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April 24 – Mark Valenti, Pianist (Chicago, Illinois)
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April 28 – James Kosnik, Organist (Norfolk, Virginia)
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May 1 – Willem Hörmann, Organist ( ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)
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May 5 – Adam Graham, Organist (Arlington, Virginia)
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May 8 – Michał Szostak, Organist (Warsaw, Poland)
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May 12 – Stefan Donner, Organist (Vienna, Austria)
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May 15 – Joby Bell, Organist (Boone, North Carolina)
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May 19 – Patrick Pope, Organist (Charlotte, North Carolina)
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May 22 – Lisa Mitchell Tyler, Organist (Arlington, Virginia)
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May 26 – Craig Williams, Organist (West Point, New York)
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May 29 – Colin MacKnight, Organist (New York City)
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June 2 – Chad Pittman and Mark Thewes, Organists (Canton, Ohio)
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June 5 – Mitchell Miller, Organist (Stuttgart, Germany)
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June 9 – Nathan Lively and Peggy Brengle, Organists
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June 12 – Samantha Scheff, Organist (Washington, DC)
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June 16 – John A. Wolfe, Organist (New York City)
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June 19 – Jackson Borges, Organist (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)
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June 23 – Emmanuel Duperrey, Organist (Villemonble, France)
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June 26 – Victoria Shields, Organist (New Canaan, Connecticut)
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June 30 – Jordan Prescott, Organist (Baltimore, Maryland)
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July 3 – Carol Feather Martin, Organist (Arlington, Virginia)
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July 7 – Alain Truche, Organist (Silver Spring, Maryland)
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There are no midday recitals during July and August. Music at Midday will resume on Friday, September 4, 2020.

September 2020 - June 2021

There are no midday concerts during July or August. The fall series of Friday Music at Midday will begin on September 18, 2020.  Social distancing will be practiced, including designated places for audience members to sit and the requirement that masks be worn at all times.

September 18 – Tyler Canonico, organist (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
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Fanfare for a New Century – Aaron David Miller; Sonata No. 6 in G Major (I. Vivace; II. Lente) – J. S. Bach; Scherzo from 24 Pièces en style libra pour Orgue ou Harmonium – Louis Vierne; Benedictus – Max Reger; Three Selections from “Star Wars” (The Imperial March; May the Force Be with You; March of the Resistance) – John Williams; trans. J. Mark Baker

September 25 – David K. Houston, organist (College Park, Maryland)
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Veni Creator (1. en taille à 5; 2. Fugue à 5; 3. Duo; 4. Récit de Cromorne; 5. Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux) – Nicolas de Grigny; Veni Creator, Toccata from Twelve Choral Preludes – Jeanne Demessieux; Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4 – Maurice Duruflé

October 2 – Theodore S. Davis, organist (Baltimore, Maryland)
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Suite No. 1 for Organ (Fantasy; Fughtetta; Air; Toccata) – Florence Price; Esquisses Byzantines (Nef; Rosace; Tu es petra) – Henri Mulet

October 9 – Tyler Canonico and Jordan Markham, organists
Allegro con Fuoco; Lord of the Dance – arr. Joel Raney; Rhapsody on English Hymntunes – Charles Callahan; Kiara Pig Jig – Robin Dinda

October 16 – Mark Valenti, pianist (Chicago, Illinois)
Organ Prelude in G minor, BWV 535 – J. S. Bach, arr. Siloti; Sonata (Allegro moderato; sostenuto e pesante; Allegro molto) – Béla Bartók; L’isle joyeuse – Claude Debussy

October 23 – Russell Weismann, organist (Washington, DC)
Deux Pièces (I. Marche) – Arthur Foote; Trois Pièces pour Grand Orgue (I. Fantaisie) – César Franck; Cantata 29, BWV 29 (I. Sinfonia) – J. S. Bach; Vier Kleine Praeludien und Fugen (IV. Präludium und Fuge D-dur ‘Alleluja’) – Franz Schmidt

October 30 – David Brock, organist (Zephyr Springs, Nevada)
Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 149 – Dietrich Buxtehude; Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist, BuxWV 208 – Dietrich Buxtehude; Chorale No. 1 in E Major – César Franck

November 6 – Mi Zhou, organist (Baltimore, Maryland)
Carillon de Westminster – Louis Vierne; When the mountains sing – Wei Gu; Prelude and Fugue on the Name B-A-C-H – Franz Liszt         

November 13 – Carol Feather Martin, organist (Arlington,  Virginia)
Keepers of the Legacy: Music of the Organists of Notre Dame
Final from 1re Symphonie – Louis Vierne; Fuga V from Six Fugues pour l’Orgue ou le Clevecin – Jean-Jacques Beauivarlet-Charpentier; Preludes XIV, XI, VII  from 19 Préludes pour orgue – Jean-Pierre Leguay; Scherzo symphonique (Improvisation transcribed by Jeremy Filsell) – Pierre Cochereau

November 20 – Derrick Ian Meador, organist (Laurel, Mississippi)
Fanfare – John Cook; Schafe können sicher weiden, BWV 208, no. 9 – J. S. Bach, arr. Virgil Fox; Variations sur “Lasst uns erfreuen” – Denis Bedard; Suite from Carmen – Georges Bizet, arr. Edwin Henry Lemare

November 27 – NO RECITAL (Thanksgiving holiday)

December 4 – Kimberly Ann Hess, organist (Arlington, Virginia)

December 11 – Eric Bowman, organist (Charles Town, West Virginia)

December 18 – Jackson Borges, organist (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)

December 25 – NO RECITAL (Christmas)

There are no midday recitals during January. The spring series of Music at Midday will resume on Friday, February 5, 2021.

February 5 – John A. Wolfe, organist (New York City)

February 12 – Laurent Jochum, organist (Paris, France)

February 19 – Pierre Zevort, organist (Paris, France)

February 26 – Amir Farsi, flute (Baltimore, Maryland)

March 5 – Samantha Scheff, organist (Washington, DC)

March 12 – Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist (Canton, New York)

March 19 – Colin MacKnight, organist (New York City)

March 26 – Nicholas Will, organist (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

April 2 – NO RECITAL (Good Friday)

April 9 – Kelly Lenahan, organist (Washington, DC)

April 16 – Loreto Aramendi, organist (San Sebastián, Spain)

April 23 – Carson Cooman, organist (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

April 30 – Lisa Mitchell Tyler, organist (Reston, Virginia)

May 7 – Chuyoung Suter and Erik Wm. Suter, plano/organ (Gaithersburg, Maryland)
Piano Concerto No. 2 – Sergei Rachmaninoff

May 14 – Egor Kolesov, organist (St. Petersburg, Russia)

May 21 – Justus Parrotta, organist (Washington, DC)

May 28 – Carter Stevens, organist (Falls Church, Virginia)

June 4 – Sara Su Jones, violin, and Tatyana Stepanova, piano (Chicago, Illinois)

June 11 – PRIDE RECITAL: Christopher Reynolds, organist (Richmond, Virginia)

June 18 – Brent Nolte, organist (Circleville, Ohio)

June 25 – Michał Kopyciński, organist (Lublin, Poland)

There are no Music at Midday recitals during July and August. Concerts will resume on Friday, September 10, 2021.

 

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.

Organ Performance by Russell Weismann

  Please join us at National City Christian Church next Friday, October 23, at 12:15 p.m., for a concert...
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. You can donate here.

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 mmcmahon@nationalcitycc.org or by postal mail to:

Rev. Dr. J. Michael McMahon
Artistic Director, Music at Midday
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.