Friday Music at Midday

Enjoy beautiful music in the magnificent setting of National City Christian Church.

Friday Midday Performances

Come and join us on most Fridays of the year at 12:15 for a wonderful variety of concerts and performances.

Archive of In-Person and Virtual Concerts: March 2020 -

VIRTUAL CONCERTS: March – July 2020

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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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 – Allegro con fuoco: Tyler Canonico and Jordan Markham, organists
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
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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, organist (Arlington,  Virginia)
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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 – Jason Farris, organist (The Plains, Virginia)
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Remembrance and Thanksgiving: Organ Music for All Saint’s Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving Day
Placare Christe Servulis  from Le Tombeau de Titelouze – Marcel Dupré; Elegy – C. Hubert H. Parry; Jerusalem, my happy home – arr. Charles Callahan; Dirge for Lord Nelson – Thomas Attwood; Postlude for National Airs – Charles Callahan; The Star-Spangled Banner – arr. Virgil Fox; Now thank we all our God – J. S. Bach, arr. Virgil Fox; Nun danker alle Gott, Op. 65, No. 59 – Sigfird Karg-Elert

December 4 – Kimberly Ann Hess, organist (Arlington, Virginia), and Friends
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December 11 – Jackson Borges, organist (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)
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Chorale Prelude on “Winchester New” – John Ebenezer West; Prière – Joseph Jongen; Choral in a – César Franck

December 18 – Jackson Borges, organist (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)
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Noël in d – Louis-Claude d’Aquin; In the Bleak Midwinter – arr., Allen Orton Gibbs; Carol Rhapsody – Richard Purvis; Variations on “O Laufet, Ihr Hirten” – Max Drischner; Meditation on “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” – Jackson Borges; Toccata en Ré Majeur – Marcel Lanquetuit


VIRTUAL CONCERTS: March – April 2021

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

Veni Creator Spiritus (Dialogue sur les Grandes Jeux) – Nicolas de Grigny; Allein Gott in der Höh’ sie Ehr, BWV 675 – J. S. Bach; Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor (II. Largo; III. Allegro) – J. S. Bach; Festal March – Florence B. Price; Prelude on ‘Nettleton’ – Gerre Hancock; Every Time I Feel the Spirit – arr. Richard Elliott

March 12 – Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist (Canton, New York)
Music for Black History Month
We Shall Overcome – Sharon J. Willis; First Sonata for Organ (Finale: Allegro) – Florence Beatrice Smith Price; Lift Every Voice and Sing – J. Rosamond Johnson, arr. Roger Lowe

March 19 – Colin MacKnight, organist (New York City)
Imperial March, Op. 32 – Edward Elgar (arr. Colin MacKnight); Andante espressivo from Sonata, Op. 28 – Edward Elgar; Sonata on the 94th Psalm – Julius Reubke

March 26 – Nicholas Will, organist (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Prelude in b minor, BWV 544a – Johann Sebastian Bach; Toccata “da sonarsi alla Levazione,” No. 4, Book II – Girolamo Frescobaldi; Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine, S. 658 – Franz Liszt ; Pièce Heroïque – César Franck

Monday, March 29
Special Edition: Music for Holy Week
Colin MacKnight, organist 
(New York City)Praeludium in E minor, BuxWV 142 – Dieterich Buxtehude; O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 – Johann Sebastian Bach; Prelude and Fugue on ‘OTraurigkeit, o Herzeleid’ – Ethel Smyth; Contrapunctus 14 from The Art of Fugue – Johann Sebastian Bach (completion by Colin MacKnight, 2020)

Monday, April 5
Special Edition: Music for Easter
Colin MacKnight, organist 
(New York City)

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

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

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

May 14 – Carol Feather, organist (Arlington, Virginia)
Fanfares to The Tongues of Fire – Larry King; Andante Moderato in C minor – Frank Bridge; Domine Jesu Berceuse, O Filii Variations – Jeanne Demessieux; Variations on ‘Frere Jacques’ – Hans Use Hielscher

May 21 – Justus Parrotta, organist (Washington, DC)
Parotta Plays Parrotta
Salve Festa Dies (Premiere); Land of Rest; Three Frescoes for Organ (I. Deck thyself, my soul with gladness; As the deer yearns for streams of water; At his feet the six-winged seraph); Seaside Suite for Organ (I. Prelude; II. Pastorale; III. Aquarelle; IV. Grand Jeu)

May 28 – Carter Stevens, organist (Falls Church, Virginia)
Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 735 – J. S. Bach; Carillon – Leo Sowerby; Paean – Kenneth Leighton; Organ Symphony No. 4, Op. 13, No. 4 (3. Andante cantabile (dolce); 6. Finale) – Charles-Marie Widor

June 4 – Michael Britt (Baltimore, Maryland)
Concert Samba for Organ – Joe Utterback; In Memoriam – Alfred V. Fedak; Incantation pour un jour saint – Jean Langlais; Cantabile symphonique – Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Virgil Fox); Triptych (I Trumpet Rondo; II. Elegy – in memory of Ernest M. Skinner; III. Introduction and Toccata on “Weisse Flaggen”) – Alfred V. Fedak

June 11 – Christopher Reynolds, organist (Richmond, Virginia)
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547 – J. S. Bach; Two Scottish Tunes: Annie Laurie and The Bluebells of Scotland – arr. John Jordan and Richard Hey Lloyd; Scherzo in G minor from Five Pieces for Organ, op. 177 – Healey Willan; Aria – Paul Manz; Fanfare – John Cook

June 18 – Brent Nolte, organist (Circleville, Ohio)
Music of Charles W. Ore
Eight (Entrance; Flight; Diversion; Procession; Excursion; Procession II; Diversion II; Exit); A Mighty Fortress; Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound; What a Friend We Have in Jesus

June 25 – David Houston, organist (College Park, Maryland)
Look to the Skies!
Star Rising – Erik Santos; Étoile du Soir – Louis Vierne; October Interlude – Clarence Mader; Maple Leaf Rag – Scott Joplin, arr. Lawrence Grant; The Trees Unfold – Judith Weir; Hymne du Soleil – Louis Vierne; Fanfares to  the Tongues of Fire – Larry King


MUSIC AT MIDDAY CONCERTS, September – December 2021

September 17 – Jacob Reed, organist (Chicago, Illinois)
Festal March; Adoration; In Quiet Mood; Allegretto in G; Little Melody; Offertory; Retrospection – Florence Price; Concerto in G (I. Allegro; II. Grave; III. Allegro) – Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, arr. J. S. Bach

Septenber 24 – Alain Truche, organist (Silver Spring, Maryland)
Impromptu – Francis Jackson; God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength: Psalm 46 (In Memoriam 9-11-01) – Margaret Vardell Sandresky; Second Fantasy in Db Major, Op. 101 – Camille Saint Saëns; Suite, Op. 5 (III. Toccata) – Maurice Duruflé

October 1 – Craig S. Williams, organist (West Point, New York)
Prelude and Fugue in G, Op. 37, No. 2 – Felix Mendelssohn; “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” (America the Beautiful) – Emma Lou Diemer; “Prayer for Patriotism” (America the Beautiful) – Richard Purvis; Grosse Sonata for Organ No. 2 in c, Op. 5 (Fuga a 5 voci – Maestoso; (Ein Lebewohl) – Adagio con tenerezza; Thema mit  Variationem: Star-Spangled Banner) – W. Eugene Thayer

October 8 – Mark Valenti, pianist (Chicago, Illinois)
Estampes (Prints), 1903 (Pagodes/Pagodas; Soiree dans Granade/Evening in Granada; Jardins sous la pluie/Gardens in the rain) – Claude Debussy; Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109, 1820 (I. Vivace, ma non tropo; II. Prestissimo; III. Andante motto cantabile ed espressivo) – Ludwig van Beethoven

October 15 – Wm. Glenn Osborne, organist (Baltimore, Maryland)
Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 – Dietrich Buxtehude; Variations sur un thème de Clement Jannequin – Jehan Alain; Fantasia Chromatica – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; Le Banquet Céleste; “The Peace may be exchanged” from Rubrics – Dan Locklair; “Humoresque” L’Organo Primitivo – Pietro A. Yon

October 22 – Michael Stefanek, organist (Salisbury, Maryland)
Tuba Tune – Norman Cocker; Aria – Charles Callahan; Roulade Op. 9, No. 3 – Seth Bingham; Gigue Fugue, BWV 577 – Johann Sebastian Bach; Deep River – Joe Utterback; Lotus Blossom – Billy Strayhorn,; arr. Alec Wyton; Variations de Concert, Op. 1 – Joseph Bonnet

October 29 – Kelly Lenahan, organist (Washington, D.C.)
In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 – J. S. Bach; Trois Pièces (I. Prélude; II. Petit Canon; III. Improvisation) – Nadia Boulanger; La Nativité du Seigneur (VI. Les anges; VIII. Les mages) – Olivier Messiaen; Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 – Dietrich Buxtehude; Toccata – Eugène Gigout

November 5 – David Brock, organist (Zephyr Springs, Nevada)
Concert Variations on “The Star Spangled Banner” – Dudley Buck; Mode of D, from “Eight Modal Pieces – Jean Langlais; Concerto for Organ, Op. 4, No. 1 in G minor/major – G. F. Handel (transcribed by David H. Brock); The Maple Leaf Rag – Scott Joplin (transcribed by David H. Brock)

November 12 – David K. Houston, organist (College Park, Maryland)
“Fantastical Beast”
Fantasie und Fuge in g minor, BWV 542  -Johann Sebastian Bach; Apparition de l’église éternelle, 1932 – Olivier Messiaen; Fantasy on Walk Together, Children, 2017 – André J. Thomas; Jubilate – Fela Sowande; Everyone Dance from Five Dances – Calvin Hampton

November 19 – Alan J. Hommerding (Chicago, Illinois)
Sonata in D Major, Op. 65, No. 5 (I. Andante; II. Andante con moto; III. Allegro Maestoso) – Felix Mendelssohn
Simeon Suite: Prelude on “Conditor Alme Siderum – Flor Peeters; O World, I Now Must Leave Thee, Op. 122, No. 11 – Johannes Brahms; With Peace and Joy I Now Depart, BuxWV 76 (Contrapunctus I; Evolutio I) – Dietrich Buxtehude;
Psalms without Words, 65:11-12 – Alan J. Hommerding

November 26 – NO RECITAL (Thanksgiving)

December 3 – Zacchaeus Lock, organist (Danbury, Connecticut)
The Planets (I. Mars, The Bringers of War) – Gustav Holst, trans. Peter Sykes; Variations sur un Noël – Marcel Dupré; The Planets (IV. Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity) – Gustav Holst, trans. Peter Sykes

December 10 – Derrick Ian Meador, organist (Shreveport, Louisiana)
Fanfare – William Mathias; Variations on ‘Picardy’- Denis Bedard;  Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 – J. S. Bach; Prelude and Fugue in G Major, Op, 37 – Felix Mendelssohn; Five Meditations on the Nativity – Buck McDaniel; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Gilbert M. Martin

December 17 – Kimberly Ann Hess, organist (Arlington, Virginia)
Fantasia on In Dulci Jubilo, BWV 729 – J. S. Bach; In Dulci Jubilo (In Quiet Joy) – Marcel Dupré; Christmas in Sicily – Pietro A. Yon; Diptyque on Ave Maris Stella (Andante tranquillo; Allegro) — Grimoaldo Macchia; Greensleeves – Richard Purvis; Rhapsody on Christmas Carols – Eugène Gigout


Upcoming Concerts: Feb - June 2022

Music at Midday concerts  are being presented in person. Masks and social distancing will be required for those attending. The recitals will also be recorded and available for viewing later on YouTube and Facebook.

February 4 – John A. Wolfe, organist (New York City)
Pange Lingua – Nicolas de Grigny; Ciacona in E Minor, BuxWV 160 – Dietrich Buxtehude; Passacaglia in D Minor, BuxWV 161 – Dietrich Buxtehude; Chasm – William Albright; Toccata and Fugue in D minor “Dorian,” BWV 538 – Johann Sebastian Bach

February 11 – Grant Wareham, organist (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
Toccata for Organ (East Coast Premiere) – Karim Al-Zand; Adagio Allegro [und Adagio], K. 594 – W. A. Mozart; Phantasie für Orgel über den Choral “Wie schön leucht’ uns der Morgenstern,” Op. 40, No. 1 – Max Reger;

February 18 – Laurent Jochum, organist (Paris, France)
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 – J. S. Bach; Chorale Prelude “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” BWV 659 – J. S. Bach; Organ Sonata No. 6 “Vater unser im Himmelreich,” Op. 65, No. 6 – Felix Mendelssohn; Power of Life – Mons Leidvin Takle

February 25 – Aaron Comins, organist (New York City)
The Throne Room – John Williams; Giga – Marco Enrico Bossi; Siegfried’s Funeral Music – Richard Wagner, trans. Edwin H. Lemare; Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605 – J. S. Bach; Agnus Dei – Franz Liszt; Toccata from Symphony No. 5 – Charles Marie Widor

March 4 – Nathan Carterette, pianist (Iowa City, Iowa)

March 11 – Tyler Canonico, organist (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

March 18 – Bryan Dunnewald, organist (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

March 25 – Samantha Scheff, organist (Washington, D.C.)

April 1 – Michael Britt, organist (Baltimore, Maryland)

April 8 – Loreto Aramendi, organist (San Sebastián, Basque Region, Spain)

April 15 – No Recital (Good Friday)

April 22 – Chad Pittman and Mark Thewes, organists (Canton, Ohio)

April 29 – Pierre Zevort, organist (Paris, France)

May 6 – Michał Szostak, organist (Warsaw, Poland)

May 13 – Sara Su Jones, violin, and Tatyana Stepanova, piano (Chicago, Illinois)

May 20 – Richard Spotts, organist (Doylestown, Pennsylvania)

May 27 – Matthew Dion, organist (Houston, Texas)

June 3 – Carol Feather, organist (Arlington, Virginia)

June 10, PRIDE RECITAL – Vincent Carr, organist (Verona, New Jersey)

June 17 – Carson Cooman, organist (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

June 24 – Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist (Canton, New York)



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. Read more about the history of the pipe organ here. 

A Feast of Organ Music for Christmas

Please join us this Friday, December 17, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. We are delighted...

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 the recital series through their weekly presence and generous financial contributions. You can donate to the NCCC Foundation below. 

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