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.

September - December 2019

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

September 6 – Ondřej Horňas (Prague, Czechia)
The Moldau – Bedřich Smetana; Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” (IV. Allegro con fuoco) – Antonín Dvořák

September 13 – John Nothaft (McLean, Virginia)
Comes Autumn Time – Leo Sowerby; Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 – J. S. Bach; Elegy – William Grant Still; Improvisation sur le Te Deum – Charles Tournemire, arr. Maurice Duruflé

September 20 – Solomon Eichner, piano ((Raleigh, North Carolina)
Prelude XII “Feux d’artifice” (Fireworks) from Book 2 – Claude Debussy; Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat Major, Op. 63 – Gabriel Fauré; Nocturne in B-flat Major, Op. 16, No. 4 – Ignacy Jan Paderewski; Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 – Frederic Chopin

September 27 – Tyler Canonico (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Variations de Concert pour Orgue, Opus 1 – Joseph Bonnet; Sonata for Organ, Op. 65 (III. Allegretto) – Horatio Parker; Five Dances for Organ (1. The Primitives; II. At the Ballet; III. Those Americans; IV. Let Everyone Dance) – Calvin Hampton

October 4 – Wm. Glenn Osborne (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.



February - June 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.

Music at Midday to Resume Sept 6

Our free weekly midday concerts are on a summer break and will resume on September 6. We hope you can join us for one...

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.