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  • National City Christian Church 5 Thomas Cir NW Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

National City Christian Church’s MAGICAL, MYSTICAL, MUSICAL MACHINE Friday noon-time recital series makes the pipe organ come alive and opens your eyes to the amazing world of the King of Instruments! Come surround yourself by 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.

One of the organists you have the opportunity to hear play is German-born musician Ulrike Theresia Wegele. She received her education in catholic church music at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart as well as the Music University in Vienna. In 1999 she became a professor for organ at the Music School Graz and she is director of the department for organ at the Joseph-Haydn-Conservatory in Eisenstadt (Austria). Wegele got the Austrian citizenship in 2009. Her many concert tours led her to Canada, France and the USA. She held a masterclass at the renowned Juillard School in 2013.

Her program at the National City Christ Curch includes works from Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and many more.

When: April 22, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: National City Christian Church | 5 Thomas Circle, NW | Washington, DC 20005
Tickets: FREE | No registration required