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Monday, November 4, 2013

Free noon concert and world premiere Nov. 6 at St. John's, Lafayette Square

Bianca Garcia
The world premiere of a work for flute and organ featuring Native American music will be played November 6 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, and the public is invited to attend at no charge.

Bianca Garcia, a 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., in a First Wednesday Concert Series performance at St. John's.

Also on the program are a special arrangement of 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.

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.

The presentation was originally scheduled for last March, but a sudden snowstorm canceled it then. 

St. John's, known to many Washington residents as the yellow church at Lafayette Square, is

often called the "Church of the Presidents" since every president beginning with James Madison (1751-1836)
has either been a member of or 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, Washington, D.C./Patricia Leslie


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

What:  First Wednesday Concerts

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

Where: St. John’s, Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street, NW, at the corner of 16th and H, 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: Contact Michael Lodico at 202-270-


Other St. John's First Wednesday concerts, all starting at 12:10 p.m., are:

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 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 A. Scott Wood and Benjamin Hutto

June 4: Organist Alan Morrison

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