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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Free Valentine music Feb. 5 at St. John's, Lafayette Square

For those who need help recovering from the Super Bowl, alas, or who want to get a head start on Valentine's Day celebrations, or who may not have reason to celebrate Valentine's Day, sigh, or who just want to enjoy elegant music in a setting of tranquility and bliss, you are invited to a free concert of baroque music Wednesday, February 5, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, beginning at 12:10 p.m. 

Four soloists from St. John's choir will sing romantic selections from Handel, Purcell, Dowland, Guedron, and Durant accompanied by text like Shakespeare's If Music Be the Food of Love, Sing On, and John Gay's Love Sound the Alarm.
Performing will be Sara MacKimmie, soprano; Lauren Campbell, alto; Matthew Hill, tenor; Brandon Straub, bass; Amy Domingues, viola da gamba; and Michael Lodico, organ.

Sara MacKimmie, soprano

Amy Domingues will play the viola da gamba at St. John's, at 12:10 p.m. Feb. 5, 2014
St. John's hosts First Wednesday concerts every month from October through June. The church is known to many Washington residents and visitors as the welcoming yellow church at Lafayette Square, the “Church of the Presidents.” President James Madison, who served as president from 1809 to 1817, began a tradition for presidents by either attending or joining 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. 

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

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 Michael Lodico, organist, 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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Who on February 5:  Sara MacKimmie, Lauren Campbell, Matthew Hill, Brandon Straub, Amy Domingues, and Michael Lodico to sing and play music for heartstrings

What:   First Wednesday Concerts at St. John's

When: 12:10 p.m., February 5, 2014

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 202-270-6265,

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