I’ve never been to church twice in such a short time-span! Last night I went back to the National City Christian Church, and took the manservant with me, to see a performance by the Washington Sinfonietta.
A sinfonietta is a musical group larger than a chamber ensemble but smaller than a full-size orchestra. The Washington Sinfonietta last night had: 12 Violins, 4 Violas, 4 Cellos, 2 Double Bass, 2 Flutes, 3 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 3 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 1 Timpani/Percussion and the Organist and Conductor.
Symphony No. 26 in E Flat, K 184 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Organ Concerto in F, Op. 4, No. 4 HWV 292 by George Frideric Handel
Serenade No. 1, in D, Op. 11 by Johannes Brahms
As you can imagine there was amazing sound reverberating around the church but even so, it failed to keep the manservant awake during Mozart. He said he was building up his stamina for Brahms!
At the end of the performance I went to the restroom, leaving the manservant to read all the displays on the history of the organ. He wondered why I was taking so long ….. I felt as if I was back on the farm priming a pump.
This is Thomas Circle as seen from the portico of the church. There is a bronze equestrian statue of George Henry Thomas in the center. The statue was done by John Quincy Adams Ward and was erected in the Circle in 1879.
We decided on a late dinner somewhere along 14th Street and had to walk quite a way before we found a place with no wait for a table. We found this new place, Bar di Bari, with outdoor seating and the weather was perfect for sitting outside. We shared a cheese platter while waiting for mains of veggie lasagne (me) and steak. Oh, and I enjoyed a glass of New Zealand Savignon Blanc while the manservant paired his steak with a very nice Sangiovese.
A very pleasant Saturday evening – though I think some of us enjoyed the classical music more than others…..