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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Free organ concert Apr. 3 at St. John's, Lafayette Square

Benjamin Hutto, the director of music ministry and organist at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, and director of performing arts at St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools, will play Organ Treasures Old and New, an Easter recital of music by Bruhns, Handel, Stanford, Dubois in a free concert April 3 at St. John's.

Also in the program is Edward Hart's La Joie de Printemps (2012) which Mr. Hutto performed last year in its world premiere at Bethel Methodist Church in Charleston, S.C.  Mr. Hart teaches at the College of Charleston.

Benjamin Hutto, organist at St. John's, Lafayette Square
The concert will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 12:45 p.m.  It is part of the church's First Wednesday Concert Series which includes:
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

Nov. 6: Bianca Garcia and Michael Lodico performing Stephen Cabell's Kokopelliana (re-scheduled from last month's "snow day")

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, including the Obamas who worshipped here on Easter Sunday. 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. 

The concert is an excellent refresher and break from what normally may be a pressurized lunch.  Food trucks are located at nearby Farragut Square so you can "eat and run" back to the office.

Who:  Benjamin Hutto playing Organ Treasures Old and New

When: 12:10 p.m., April 3, 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 or Farragut North or West

Food trucks:  Located two blocks away at Farragut Square

For more information: 202-270-6265

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