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.

February - June 2019

March 22 – Jonathan Vaughn (Greenwich, Connecticut)
Fanfare for St Gregory – Christopher Tambling; More Palatino – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; O Mensch bewein, dein Sünde gross – J. S. Bach; Simple Gifts – Virgil Fox;  Prelude and Fugue in B, Op. 99, No. 2 – Camille Saint-Saëns; Carillon de Westminster – Louis Vierne

March 29 – Patrick Pope (Charlotte, North Carolina)
“Exultemus” from Seven Sketches on Verses from the Psalms – Percy Whitlock; Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op. 37, No. 1 – Felix Mendelssohn; Air: A Prelude for Organ – Gerre Hancock; Three Pieces for Organ (Andante moderato; Adagio; Allegro con spirito) – Frank Bridge

April 5 – Craig Williams (West Point, New York)
Carillon, Opus 27 No. 4 – Marcel Dupré; Trumpet Tune in B-flat Major – Roy Brunner; Fantasie in f, KV 608 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Saraband (1950) – Gordon Jacob; “Finale” (Symphonie No. 2), Opus 13 – Charles-Marie Widor

April 12 – Christopher Reynolds (Richmond, Virginia)
Ciacona in E minor, BusWV 160 – Dietgrich Buxtehude; Master Tallis’s Testament – Herbert Howells; Prière, Op. 37, No. 3 – Joseph Jongen; Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor – Max Reger

April 19 – No Recital (Good Friday)

April 26 – Colin MacKnight (New York City)

May 3 – Derrick Ian Meador (Laurel, Mississippi)

May 10 – Clara Gerdes (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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 – Amanda Mole (Rochester, New York)

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. 


September - December 2019

September 6 – Ondrej Hornas (Prague, Czech Republic)

September 13 – Sondra Goldsmith Proctor (Canton, New York)

September 20 – Solomon Eichner, piano ((Raleigh, North Carolina)

September 27 – Tyler Canonico (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

October 4 – Wm. Glenn Owborne (Baltimore, Maryland)

October 11 – Carol Feather Martin (Arlington, Virginia)

October18 – Emmanuel Duperrey (Villemonble, France)

October 25 – David Brock (Zephyr Springs, Nevada)

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

November 8 – Phillip R. Lamb (Queens, New York()

November 15 – Benjamin LaPrairie (Washington, DC)

November 22 – Jordan Prescott (Baltimore, Maryland)

November 29 – No Recital (Thanksgiving Weekend)

December 6 – Kimberly Ann Hess (Arlington, Virginia)

December 13 – Joby Bell (Boone, North Carolina)

December 20 – Jackson Borges (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)

There are no midday concerts on December 27 or during the month of January. Music at Midday will resume on Friday, February 7, 2020.



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.

Jonathan Vaughn in Concert

Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, March 22, at 12:15 p.m.,when organist Jonathan...

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.