This will be the third consecutive year the chorus has sung in the concert series.
Formed in 1956 to join the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," the group's songbooks include the traditional military music, and pop, Broadway, folk, and classical music, too. The chorus frequently performs for visiting heads of state since members can sing in more than 26 languages and dialects. Most of the choristers hold advanced music degrees and tour the U.S., singing with symphonies and in renowned concert halls.
St. John's organist Benjamin Hutto will accompany the chorus Wednesday. The concert will start at 12:10 p.m. and last about 30 minutes. Those needing a break from the congressional meltdown on Capitol Hill will likely find the concert especially soothing. And bring your hanky in case "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is on Wednesday's program.
Who: The U.S. Army Chorus
What: The First Wednesday Concerts
When: 12:10 p.m., October 2, 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
Metro stations: McPherson Square, Farragut North, or Farragut West
Food trucks: Located two blocks away at Farragut Square
For more information: Contact Michael Lodico, St. John's associate organist and choir director, at 202-270-6265
November 6: Bianca Garcia, flute, assisted by Michael Lodico, organ, in the world premiere of "Kokopelliana" by Stephen Cabell
December 4: Madrigal Singers from St. Albans & National Cathedral schools directed by organist Benjamin Hutto, performing seasonal music
January 8, 2014 (2nd Wednesday): Organist Richard Fitzgerald improvises on themes from the stained glass windows of St. John's
February 5: Soloists from the St. John's Choir perform baroque music for Valentine's Day
March 12 (2nd Wednesday): Virtuoso Organist Dongho Lee performs Charles Ives's Variations on "America" and other works
April 2: The U.S. Air Force Strings conducted by 2nd Lt. Shanti Nolan, with organist Michael Lodico, perform Francis Poulenc's Organ Concerto
May 7: Easter music for trumpet and organ with trumpeter A. Scott Wood and Benjamin Hutto
June 4: Organist Alan Morrison