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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

World premiere debuts in free noontime concert Wednesday

Bianca Garcia will play at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, in a free noontime concert

The public is invited to the world premiere of a work for flute and organ featuring Native American music March 6 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square.

Bianca Garcia, newly elected member of the New Hampshire state assembly, will play the flute, and Michael Lodico will play the organ for Stephen Cabell's Kokopelliana, starting at 12:10 p.m.

Stephen Cabell

The musicians and composer promise if everything goes according to plans, the music about the flute playing of the Southwest deity, Kokepelli, will "sweep away winter and herald the spring" on a day when snow is predicted for Washington.  Come and find out.
Also on the program are the Titanic Theme Song with glass flute, a shepherd song for piccolo and organ by Hans-Andre Stamm, and Frank Martin's Sonata da Chiesa.

Michael Lodico, choir director and associate organist at St. John's Episcopal Church
Mr. Cabell, Mr. Lodico and Ms. Garcia are graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music.  Mr. Cabell teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, and Ms. Garcia, a recent Fulbright Scholar, has performed in 16 countries.  Mr. Lodico, the associate organist and choir director at St. John's, is also a Fulbright Scholar.

Other performances coming up in St. John's First Wednesday series are:

Apr. 3: Benjamin Hutto, director of music ministry and organist, St. John's, plays Organ Treasures Old and New

May 1: Alvy Powell, bass-baritone and Gershwin interpreter

June 5: Jeremy Filsell, artist-in-residence at the Washington National Cathedral, performing organ works by Bach, Dupre, and Rachmaninov

St. John's, known to many Washington residents as the yellow church at Lafayette Square, is often called the “Church of the Presidents.” Beginning with James Madison, president from 1809 to 1817, every president has either been a member of, or has attended services at St. John's. A plaque at the rear of the church designates the Lincoln pew where President Abraham Lincoln often sat when he stopped by St. John's during the Civil War.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square/ Patricia Leslie 

Who:  Bianca Garcia and Michael Lodico performing Stephen Cabell's Kokopelliana

When: 12:10 p.m., March 6, 2013

Where: St. John’s, Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street, NW, at the corner of 16th, Washington, D.C. 20005

How much: No charge

Duration: About 35 minutes

Wheelchair accessible

Metro stations: McPherson Square, Farragut North, or Farragut West

Food trucks:  Located two blocks away at Farragut Square

For more information: 202-270-6265 or 202-347-8766


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