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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.

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.

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.


February 24 – James D. Hicks (Morristown, New Jersey)
Organ Music from Norway

Improvisata over norsk folketone: Hellig Olva (Improvisation on the Norwegian Folk Tune: Holy Olaf) – Gottfried Pedersen; Sinfonia Antiqua: Organ Symphony No. 3, Op. 116 (Fantasia; Cantilena; Toccata Antiqua) – Kjell Mørk Karlsen; Orgelsonate f-moll, Op. 9 (Organ Sonata in f minor – Largo maestoso-Allegro; Fuge) – Arild Sandvold

March 3 – Joseph Russell (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Fantasia for Organ – John Weaver; Prelude and Fugue in E Major – J. S. Bach; Sicilienne from Suite, Op. 5 – Maurice Duruflé; Salamanca – Guy Bovet

March 10 – Colin MacKnight (New York City)
Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 65, No. 1 – Felix Mendelssohn; Prélude, Adagio, et Choral Varié sur le Theme du “Veni Creator,” Op. 4 – Maurice Duruflé

March 17 – Michel Rychlinski (Cologne, Germany)
Variations on the Aria “Jesu, du bist allzu schöne” – Georg Böhm; Prelude in a minor, BWV 543 – J. S. Bach; Choral “Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr,” BWV 662 – J. S. Bach; Fuge, BWV 543 – J. S. Bach

March 24 – Russell Weismann (Bethesda, Maryland)
Variations on Old Hundred, Opus 2 – John Knowles Paine; Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 65 (II. Allegretto) – Horatio Parker; A Sweet for Mother Goose – George Akerley; Prélude de dance fuguée – Gaston Litiez

March 31 – Jackson Borges (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)
Fète – Jean Langlais; Cantilène pour Rampal – Lawrence P. Schreiber; St. Lawrence Sketches (II. The Bells of St. Anne du Beaupré – Alexander Russell; Symphony No. 2, Op. 20 (I. Allegro) – Louis Vierne

April 7 – Julie Vidrick Evans (Washington, DC)

April 14 – NO RECITAL (Good Friday)

April 21 – Mark Thewes and Chad Pittman (Canton, Ohio)

April 28 – James W. Kosnik (Norfolk, Virginia)

May 5 – Clara Gerdes (Philadephia, Pennsylvania)

May 12 – Randall Sheets (Fort Myer, Virginia)

May 19 – Yvonne Chen, piano (Houston, Texas)

May 26 – David K. Houston (College Park, Maryland)

June 2 – John Nothaft (Bloomington, Indiana)

June 9 – Michael Britt (Baltimore, Maryland)

June 16 – Alan Hommerding (Chicago, Illinois)

June 23 – Sondra Goldsmith Proctor (Canton, New York)

June 30 – Aaron Comins (New York City)


September 8 – David Lang (Washington, DC)

September 15 – Mary Mozelle (Asheville, North Carolina)

September 22 – Hans Uwe Hielscher (Wiesbaden, Germany)

September 29 – Patrick Pope (Charlotte, North Carolina)

October 6 – James Mellichamp (Demorest, Georgia)

October 13 – Michael Batcho (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

October 20 – John Walker (Baltimore, Maryland)

October 27 – Nicholas Will (Steubenville, Ohio)

November 3 – Phillip Lamb (New York City)

November 10 – NO RECITAL (Veterans Day)

November 17 – Derrick Ian Meador (Laurel, Mississippi))

November 24 – NO RECITAL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 1 – David Brock (Zephyr Cove, Nevada)

December 8 – Lisa Ann Galoci (Arlington, Virginia) and Russell Weismann (Bethesda, Maryland)
Music for Two Organs

December 15 – Kimberly Ann Hess (West Point, New York)


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, Minister of Music
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.