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Friday, July 5, 2013

Free harp and organ concert Sunday at Immaculate Conception

Michael Lodico will play the organ and Rebecca Anstine Smith, the harp, in a free concert at 6 p.m. July 7 at Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Lafayette Square Duo, composed of Michael Lodico on the organ and Rebecca Anstine Smith on the harp, will play Fantasy in F-Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and "Rhapsodic Poem" by Dewey Owens (1925-2006) at Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday.

It will be the first performance in the church's 2013 summer organ recital series.

This Sunday's program will also include "O Festive Day" (Dan Locklair, b. 1949), "Wondrous Love Variations" (Daniel Pinkham, 1923-2006, with arrangement by Burton/Lodico), "Aria in Classic Style" (Marcel Grandjany, 1891-1975), "Salamanca" (Guy Bovet, b. 1942), and "Prelude in A" (Henry Martin, b. 1950).

Ms. Anstine Smith and Mr. Lodico first teamed up in 2010 when they performed with the choir at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, where Mr. Lodico is the assistant organist, choir director, and artistic director of the church's First Wednesday Concert series.  

He is also keyboard artist at St. Albans and National Cathedral schools, and director of choral activities at St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington.

Mr. Lodico is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and a 2004 recipient of a Fulbright grant for graduate study on historic instruments in the Netherlands.

Ms. Anstine Smith is a former principal harpist for the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra who teaches at St. Mary's College and Anne Arundel Community College.  She graduated from Dickinson College and received a M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She studied at the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony and at Tanglewood Institute. In 2008 she recorded Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with the Washington National Cathedral Girls Choir.
Who: Rebecca Anstine Smith and Michael Lodico
What: Harp and organ concert
When:  6 p.m., July 7, 2013
Where: Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
How much:  It's free
Metro station:  Brookland/CUA

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