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Monday, February 1, 2016

'Frank Sinatra' in free concert at St. John's, Lafayette Square Feb. 3

Photo from @FrankSinatra/Wikipedia

Just past his 100th birthday celebration (Dec. 12, 2015), the crooner is back!  In the form of singer Bob McDonald well known for his Sinatra songs and delivery who will perform with his jazz band in the free First Wednesday Concert at 12:10 p.m. February 3 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square.
Bob McDonald

Mr. McDonald has performed his Sinatra show at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, and Strathmore.

On Wednesday he will sing:

"Come Fly with Me"

"Fly Me to the Moon"
"Send in the Clowns"
"The Lady is a Tramp"
"It Was a Very Good Year"
"The Coffee Song"
"My Way"

St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C./Photo by Patricia Leslie

St. John's known to many Washington residents as the yellow church at Lafayette Square, is often called the “Church of the Presidents” since beginning with James Madison who was president from 1809 to 1817, every president has been a member of St. John's or has attended services at the church. A plaque at the rear of the church designates the pew where President Abraham Lincoln often sat when he stopped by St. John's during the Civil War.

This year the church celebrates its bicentennial, and its history and stained-glass windows are described in books and booklets available at St. John's.

First Wednesday concerts begin at 12:10 p.m. and last about 35 minutes. Food trucks are located two blocks away at Farragut Square.

Who: 'Frank Sinatra' via Bob McDonald and his jazz band

What: First Wednesday Concerts

When: 12:10 p.m., February 3, 2016

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 (White House exit), Farragut North, or Farragut West

For more information: Contact Michael Lodico at 202-270-6265.

Future dates and artists of the First Wednesday Concerts are:

March 2: The Lafayette Square Duo with Rebecca Smith on harp and Michael Lodico on organ will play a composition by Peter Mathews.

April 6: Soloists from St. John's Choir will sing.

May 4: The U.S. Air Force Strings Chamber Orchestra with harpsichordist Brandon Straub will play Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

June 1: Concert organist Roderick Demmings, Jr., will play works by Bach, Wammes, and Widor.

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