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 2018

September 21 – The Barclay Brass (Washington, DC)
Die Bankelsangerlieder – Anonymous, arr. Robert King; Sonata on “Lauda Anima” for Organ and Brass Quartet – Kenneth Lowenberg; Danny Boy – Frederic Weatherly, arr. Brett Miller; Simple Gifts – Aaron Copland, arr. Jari Villanueva; Canzona Bergamasca – Samuel Scheidt

September 28 – Tyler Canonico (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Toccata pour Grand Orgue – Gaston Bélier; Master Tallis’s Testament – Herbert Howells; Le Tombeau de Titelouze (XIII. Lucis Creator optime; XVI. Placare Christe servulis) – Marcel Dupré; Four Concert Etudes – David Briggs

October 5 – Justin Brueggeman (Kingsport, Tennessee)
Imperial March — Edward Elgar, transc. G. Martin; Psalm Preludes No. 1, Set 1 — Herbert Howells; Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 — J. S. Bach; Andante Sostenuto — C. M. Widor; Epilogue — Rachel Laurin

October 12 – Jordan Prescott (Baltimore, Maryland)
Paean – Herbert Howells; Sweet Hour of Prayer – William Bloom; Triptych – Ad Wammes; Fugue in A-flat minor – Johannes Brahms; Air with Variations from Suite for Organ – Leo Sowerby; Afro Cuban (In Dir Its Freude) – Johannes-Matthias Michel

October 19 – Sondra Goldsmith Proctor (Canton, New York)
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547 – J. S. Bach; Choral varié sur le thème du “Veni Creator” (Andante religioso; Poco meno lento; Allegretto; Andante expressivo; Allegro) – Maurice Duruflé; Litanies – Jehan Alain; Three Visions: Récit Mythologique – Rachel Laurin

October 26 – David Brock (Lake Tahoe, Nevada)
Symphony No. 5, Op. 42, No. 5 (I. Allegro vivace; II. Allegro cantabile; III. Andantino quasi allegretto; IV. Adagio; V. Allegro) – Charles Marie Widor

November 2 – Stefan Donner (Vienna, Austria)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 – J. S. Bach; Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Wake up, the voice calls us), BWV 645 – J. S. Bach; Pièces de Fantasie, 3e Suite, Op. 54 (1. Dédicace) – Louis Vierne; Cantata 147, BWV 147, Jésus due ma joie demeure) – J. S. Bach, arr. Maurice Duruflé; Symphony 5, Op. 42 (5. Toccata) – Charles-Marie Widor

November 9 – Christopher Schroeder (Baltimore, Maryland)

November 16 – Carol Feather Martin (Arlington, Virginia) and Gary Garletts (Havertown, Pennsylvania): Organ Duos and Organ/Piano Duets

November 23 – No recital (Thanksgiving holiday)

November 30 – Jackson Borges (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)

December 7 – Chuyoung Suter, organ, and Erik Suter, piano (Gaithersburg, Maryland)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (I. Allegro molto moderato) – Edvard Grieg; Organ Symphony No. 3, Op. 28 (IV. Adagio; V. Final) – Louis Vierne

December 14 – Michael Britt (Baltimore, Maryland)

December 21 – Kimberly Ann Hess (Arlington, Virginia)


There are no Friday midday concerts during the last week of December and the month of January. Music at Midday will resume on Friday, February 1. 

Winter/Spring 2019

February 1 – Hans Uwe Hielscher (Wiesbaden, Germany)

February 8 – Alexander Frey (Berlin, Germany)

February 15 – Zacchaeus Lock (Steubenville, Ohio)

February 22 – Michael Stefanek (Salisbury, Maryland)

March 1 – Michael Ging (Houston, Texas)

March 8 – Christopher Schmitt (Washington, D.C.), piano

March 15 – Jacob Reed (New Haven, Connecticut)

March 22 – Jonathan Vaughn (Albany, New York)

March 29 – Patrick Pope (Charlotte, North Carolina)

April 5 – Craig Williams (West Point, New York)

April 12 – Christopher Reynolds (Richmond, Virginia)

April 19 – No Recital (Good Friday)

April 26 – Ben Teague (Cardiff, Wales)

May 3 – Derrick Ian Meador (Laurel, Mississippi)

May 10 – Amanda Mole (Rochester, New York)

May 17 – Loreto Aramendi (San Sebastián, Spain)

May 24 – Carson Cooman (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

May 31 – Samantha Scheff (College Park, Maryland)

June 7 – Pride Recital: Alan Hommerding (Chicago, Illinois)

June 14 – Eric Bowman (Ranson, West Virginia)

June 21 – Clara Gerdes (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

June 28 – Aaron Comins (New York City)


There are no midday concerts during July and August. Friday Music at Midday will resume on September 6. 



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.

Barclay Brass to Perform This Friday, Sept 21

This week’s free Music at Midday concert will feature a quartet from The Barclay Brass,an ensemble comprised of some...

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
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.