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Free Noontime Organ Music at National City Christian Church

Fri., Nov. 21 (12:15-1pm): The free, 45-minute Friday lunch hour pipe organ recital series at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle, NW, continues its fall offerings with a program to be presented by Alexandria, Virginia organist Carol Feather Martin performing works of Aram Khachaturian, Jehan Alain, William Albright, Calvin Hampton, Edvard Grieg, and Camille Saint-Saëns. On the 28th, because it is Thanksgiving Day, there will be no recital scheduled.

Continuing in December, on the 5th, Dutch-born Washington, DC organist Adrian de Groot will present a program titled “A Taste of the South,” featuring warm, playful, and spirited compositions by south German Baroque composers, such as Johann Kaspar Kerll, Johann Valentin Rathgeber, Joseph Nicolaus Torner, Franz Anton Maichelbeck, Carlmann Kolb, and Joseph Lederer. And on the 12th, Falls Church, Virginia organist Lisa Galoci and Winchester, Virginia trumpeter Chuck Seipp will present a sparkling program of music for the Christmas season titled “The King of Instruments and the Instrument of Kings” that will include works of Handel, J.S. Bach, Jean Langlais, and Adam B. Levowitz, along with arrangements of some familiar carols.

These performances all take place inside the soaring John Russell Pope-designed sanctuary (reminiscent of a great Christopher Wren church in London) featuring National City’s magnificent, over 6,000-pipe, five-keyboard Möller organ. For more information, call the church’s music office at (202) 797-0103 or send an email to mmcmahon@nationalcitycc.org or visit www.nationalcitycc.org.