The program is to include sacred and secular music of the season.
The Madrigal Singers have been featured on NPR and have toured the world presenting concerts on four continents.
Brandon Straub, organist and choir director for St. John's and the director of choral music at both schools which are affiliated with the Washington National Cathedral, will direct the 40 singers who are enrolled in grades 10 through 12.
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C./Photo by Patricia Leslie
The presentation is one of St. John's First Wednesday Concerts, always performed without charge and lasting about 35 minutes.
St. John's was founded in 1815 and is known to Washington residents as the yellow church at Lafayette Square. It's often called the “Church of the Presidents” since beginning with James Madison who was president from 1809 to 1817, every president has attended services there. A plaque at the rear of St. John's designates the pew where President Abraham Lincoln often sat when he stopped by the church during the Civil War.
First Wednesday concerts begin at 12:10 p.m. and last about 35
minutes. Food trucks are located at Farragut Square, two blocks away.
Who: The Madrigal Singers from National Cathedral and St. Albans singing seasonal music
What: First Wednesday Concerts
When: 12:10 p.m., December 7, 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
Metro stations: McPherson Square (White House exit), Farragut North, or Farragut West
For more information: 202-347-8766
Upcoming dates and artists of the First Wednesday Concerts are:
January 4, 2017: Concert organist Janet Yieh will play works by Mendelssohn, Messiaen, and the "Beatles" Toccata
February 1: Jazz vocalist Sara Jones will sing a Winter Escape, accompanied by the Dan Dufford Ensemble
April 5: Soloists from St. John's Choir will sing
May 3: Thomas Smith, the director of music at Christ Church, Georgetown, will play A Journey to Merrie Olde England - A Recital of English Organ Music
June 7: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 will be played by the U.S. Air Force Strings with trumpeter Mary Bowden