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Fortissimo Friday is taking a break this summer. Come back in the fall!

Every Friday, we hope to send you a short musical interlude to make your day a little more enjoyable! (Permission to stream the music in the videos on this page obtained from One License with license #A-708462.)

June 18, 2021

June 11, 2021

May 28, 2021

Lewinsville’s “Virtual Holy Happy Hour” series has finished for the Spring.We plan to have a monthly outdoor concert in conjunction with “Lemonade on the Lawn”following Sunday Worship this Summer.
It is our sincere hope that we will see you in person for the Holy Happy Hour concert series this Fall.
If you’d like to catch up on some of our most recent programs, please subscribe to our YouTube Channel which features our March and April concerts (May’s program will be uploaded soon.)

May 21, 2021

Laura Snyderman performs I Know that My Redeemer Liveth from Handel’s The Messiah. We wish you a blessed close to the Eastertide season as Pentecost arrives this Sunday.

May 14, 2021

Lauren Santoro performs Polonaise in G Minor by Timothy Brown.
This Sunday is Youth Sunday at Lewinsville.
We give great thanks to the youth of Lewinsville for sharing their voices, gifts, and efforts in our mission to love and serve God by responding to human need.

May 7, 2021

Jessica Hiemstra and John Nothaft perform Basque Folk Song by Clarence Cameron White. Clarence Cameron White was a black violinist and former chair of the Washington Conservatory of Music located in Bethesda, Maryland. As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, may we give thanks for our mother’s and grandmother’s nurturing love. We dedicate this piece in memory of Billie Hiemstra, grandmother of Jessica, and longtime member of Lewinsville.

April 30, 2021

John Nothaft performs the hymn We Gather Together. Lewinsville Presbyterian Church is looking forward to our first indoor in-person worship together in over a year this Sunday! Sign up HERE

April 23, 2021

Laura Snyderman performs Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s April from his Seasons collection.
Tchaikovsky projects the image of the end of snow season in St. Petersburg. Titled Snowdrop, the listener senses the snowy remnants of winter and the little blue flowers, named snowdrop, beginning to pop up as a sign of springtime.
Apollon Maykov’s poem begins the piece:
The blue, pure snowdrop-flower,
And near it the last snowdrops.
The last tears over past griefs,
And first dreams of another happiness.

As we celebrate Earth Care Sunday, may we be filled with the hope that Springtime brings, to a create a cleaner and happier planet.

April 16, 2021

Sarah Berger and John Nothaft perform César Franck’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano.”

Lewinsville’s upcoming Holy Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:15 pm will feature Sarah Berger performing French violin music of Lili Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel, and Eugène Ysaÿe. 
There will be a pre-concert talk on Zoom, Youtube Premier event, and post-concert reception back on Zoom. Bring your own wine and cheese!  A recommended wine pairing for the French Music event is a French red Bourdeaux which can be purchased at any local wine stores. (Please support our local small businesses)

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April 9, 2021

John Clewett performs “For the Mountains Shall Depart” from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but Thy kindness shall not depart from me, neither shall the covenant of Thy peace be removed.” — Isaiah 54:10
May we rejoice for God’s love for us during this Easter season.

April 2, 2021

John Clewett performs Gottfried Stölzel’s song Bist du Bei Mir. On Good Friday may we be reminded 
that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
Text: Bist du bei mir, geh ich mit Freuden
Zum Sterben und zu meiner Ruh.
Ach, wie vergnügt wär so mein Ende,
Es drückten deine schönen Hände
Mir die getreuen Augen zu.
Translation: Be thou with me and I’ll go gladly 
To death and on to my repose.
Ah, how my end would bring contentment, 
If, pressing with thy hands so lovely, 
Thou wouldst my faithful eyes then close.

March 26, 2021

Lewinsville’s choirs perform Moses Hogan’s arrangement of I Want Jesus to Walk with Me. Throughout our Lenten journey, may we be reminded that Jesus walks with us.
We are looking forward to our outdoor 11:30 AM Easter Sunday service with live jazz band!
CLICK HERE to reserve your seat today.

March 19, 2021

Laura Snyderman and John Nothaft perform “Sicut Cervus” by Charles Valentin-Alkan.
Charles Valentin-Alkan (1813-1888) was a French-Jewish composer and a virtuoso in piano, pédalier, and organ. Deemed by Hans von Bülow as the “Berlioz of the Piano,” Alkan is most known for his challenging pianistic compositions, comparable to Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin, both who admired and respected him for his daring and unforgiving works. Fluent in Hebrew and Greek, Alkan devoted much of his energy translating the first complete Bible into French. Unfortunately this translation, along with many of his works, remain lost.
Alkan was the first composer to incorporate Jewish melodies into art music– this setting of Psalm 42 is one of the few art songs he composed.
Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te Deus. (As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.)

March 12, 2021

As we mark the 1 year anniversary of the Covid-19 shutdown, Renée McGee performs “Taps” to honor the more than 527,000 Americans and 2,610,000 people worldwide who have died during the pandemic. During this lenten season, we give thanks to God for the promise of the resurrection and eternal peace in heaven.

March 6, 2021

Kate Edwards and John Nothaft perform O Rest in the Lord from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah. O Rest in the Lord are the words of an Angel, who comforts the faith-faltering Elijah as he journeys in the wilderness to the mountain of God, Horeb.
O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him,
And He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.
Commit thy way unto Him, and trust in Him,
And fret not thyself because of evil-doers.

As we await our vaccine appointments, and journey on in the season of Lent, may the virtue of patience and trust in God, lead us onwards. Lewinsville’s daily Lenten devotional can be read HERE

February 26, 2021

To celebrate Black History Month, Lewinsville’s Music Ministry is performing works of African American composers throughout the month.  
America exceeded 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 this week. To honor those who have died from the virus, Lewinsville’s Chancel Choir sings William Dawson’s arrangement of “There is a Balm in Gilead.” We also pray it will bring healing and comfort to the ill and mourning. During this Lenten season, may we be reminded of Jesus’ triumph over death and the promise of salvation and resurrection to come.
For more information on William Dawson CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to read our Lenten Devotional:

February 19, 2021

This week marks the beginning of Lent. A time of solemn preparation for the coming of Easter and the celebration of the Resurrection.
Lewinsville’s Music Ministry pays tribute to the late jazz great Chick Corea with a performance by Eric Juberg and John Nothaft of his Crystal Silence. The tune’s haunting melody and sparse accompaniment evoke a sense of penitential reflection, peace, and Lenten calm. We wish you a blessed Lenten season ahead. For more information on Chick Corea CLICK HERE.

February 12, 2021

To honor Black History Month Lewinsville’s Music Ministry will be performing works of African American composers throughout the month. 
As Mardi Gras approaches, we celebrate the music of New Orleans native Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869). Gottschalk was the first American to earn international acclaim as a pianist-composer. His music draws from Creole tunes, African American and French culture, and South American and Caribbean rhythms. Gottschalk blends his diverse roots into rich European romanticism. 
John Nothaft performs “The Dying Poet” – overtly romantic, the piece’s sentimentalism and sweet melodies fit perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend. Click on the composer’s name above for more information on America’s first great pianist, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. 

February 5, 2021

January 29, 2021

This past month marks the 25th anniversary of DC music legend Eva Cassidy’s live recording at Blues Alley. She passed away at 33, later in 1996, from melanoma. CLICK HERE for her story.
Lisa Greenfield and John Nothaft perform Eva Cassidy’s arrangement of “Fields of Gold” as a tribute to her. 
Lewinsville’s music mission strives to support local artists and musicians in our community.
Stay tuned for upcoming concert announcements as Lewinsville’s livestream capabilities debut soon!

January 22, 2021

January 15, 2021

Lewinsville’s Session voted to join several hundred other Presbyterian churches undertaking the “Matthew 25 Initiative” of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for dismantling structural racism this past September 2020.

The “Matthew 25 Iniative” has been set to music in a new hymn, “Jesus Be With Us,” with text and tune by the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, and musical accompaniment by Phillip Morgan.  

In Matthew 25:40 Jesus teaches that we serve Him when we serve the most vulnerable. As a church, may we sing the text of this new hymn “Jesus, Be With Us,” and find inspiration to serve particularly disadvantaged groups, following the examples of  Martin Luther King Jr, as we strive to be drum majors of peace, justice, and righteousness in our own community.

Click the link below to sign up and serve on our National Day of Service, January 18, 2021.  

January 8, 2021

John Nothaft performs Bill Evans’ Peace Piece.
One of America’s great jazz pianists, Bill Evans was especially active in New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s with the Bill Evans Trio and the Miles Davis Quintet. May today’s music help restore and salve the soul as we pray for the healing of our nation.

January 1, 2021

Joy to the World! 2021 has come!
We wish you a healthy and happy new year, full of the sounding joy, and wondrous love of God’s truth and grace.

December 18, 2020

December 11, 2020

LeeLee Hunter and John Nothaft perform God is Our Righteousness”composed by Chris Deblasio for guitar and organ. Written for an Advent observance at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. The piece is inspired by Jeremiah 23:6 foretelling the coming of justice and righteousness. “And this is the name by which the city will be called: ’God is Our Righteousness.’” Chris Deblasio was an American composer who died at the age of 34 during the AIDS epidemic. As we await the coming of our King and New Jerusalem, may we continue to love and serve God by responding to human need.

December 6, 2020

Evan Ayars performs “Comfort Ye” from George Frederic Handel sacred oratorio “Messiah.” Handel opens “Messiah” with the text of Isaiah 40:1-3.
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
May these words from the prophet Isaiah offer a balm for us as we continue life during Covid. As vaccine’s are made and deployed, may we be reminded that hopefully one day covid will be over, we can return to safe public life, and that God’s tender care will lead us to New Jerusalem as we waiting for the the coming of our King and a post-Covid new year.

Lewinsville will present a replay of last year’s Christmas Concert “Waiting for the Messiah,” Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 pm. You can join in live chat one YoutubeLive and FacebookLive.

November 27, 2020

Several members of our Chancel Choir sing Aaron Copland’s Simple Gifts. We are so thankful for our music program!

November 20, 2020

John Nothaft performs George Winston’s Thanksgiving. George Winston is a frequent concert performer and has postponed touring during the Pandemic. Winston is committed to fighting food insecurity and encourages concert-goers to bring donations of non-perishable food items to concerts for donation to local food banks. Please consider donating to your local food bank, and for members of our Mclean/ Tysons community, consider pledging to Lewinsville’s Reverse Advent Calendar to benefit SHARE. See our CALL TO ACTION page!  

November 13, 2020

John Nothaft performs Maurice Ravel’s Menuet from Tombeau de Couperin. The suite is dedicated to six fallen soldiers who fought in World War 1. May we continue to commemorate the fallen and those who fought and sacrificed for our freedom.

November 6, 2020

Take a moment to pause, reflect, and pray as we listen to John Nothaft perform “Ashokan Farewell.”

October 30, 2020

This Sunday marks All Saints Day. John Nothaft discusses the connection between Halloween and All Saints Day followed by the Phantom of Lewinsville’s performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Toccata in D Minor.”

October 23, 2020

This Sunday we celebrate Reformation Day. How did the organ become intertwined with Sacred spaces? And how did the Organ and Sacred Music adapt to the Reformation? Find out as we culminate our Pipe Organ Crawl and listen to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

October 16, 2020

We continue on our pipe organ crawl as we discuss the pistons and couplers on the organ, the cockpit of the organ console!

October 9, 2020

We continue on our Pipe Organ Crawl around Lewinsville and learn about
wind and expression along the way. Join in and learn along the way!

October 2, 2020

Lewinsville’s pipe organ has 33 ranks, 2096 pipes, and 13 digital voices.
Learn more about the King of Instruments as we join John Nothaft in a virtual Pipe Organ Crawl.

September 25, 2020

We sing “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” as September’s “hymn of the month.”
During this seemingly suspended time may we continue to pray and seek God’s path
until we land safe on Canaan’s side.

September 18, 2020

Evan Ayars performs for Fortissimo Friday.

September 11, 2020

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. John Nothaft performs Claude Debussy’s
The Sunken Cathedral in honor of the lives lost that tragic morning.

September 4, 2020

Ben Evans, Lewinsville’s Interim Coordinator for Youth Ministry presents The Avett Brothers’ Salvation Song.
May it remind us to how we are called to live out our faith in the world as Christians.

August 28, 2020

August 21, 2020

Please join in learning about and singing August’s hymn of the month, I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art.

August 14, 2020

We continue our month of contemplative music with Jean Langlais’ Chant de Paix.
May it inspire peace and calm in your soul.

August 7, 2020

The Summer months provide us with time for rest and renewal.
In August, our Fortissimo Friday music series will present contemplative music.
John Nothaft performs Phillip Glass’ Mad Rush.

July 31, 2020

This past July we’ve looked at music of Amy Beach, Fanny Mendelssohn, the hymn Writer Cecil Frances Alexander, and we finish with Lili Boulanger. The French composer, Lili Boulanger who lived a short but prodigious life from 1893-1918, was the first woman composer to win the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1912. A child prodigy from a wealthy connected family, at age six, she was sight-singing songs with composer Gabriel Fauré at the piano. Boulanger’s music blends Faure’s lyricism with Debussy’s impressionistic modernism. She was often ill throughout her short life and was survived by her sister Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), a renowned pedagogue who taught many leading American composers, including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Philip Glass. Sarah Berger and John Nothaft perform Lili Boulanger’s “Nocturne.” A nocturne is a dream of the night. For many in the Summer, stargazing is a passion. We hope this piece helps transport you to images of the meditative nighttime sky and beautiful meteor showers above.

July 24, 2020

July’s “hymn of the month” is “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” During our Summer Sermon series “The Book of Genesis: Surprises and Disruptions with the Family of Faith” we’ve read, discussed, and prayed upon the beginning stories of our faith.
Cecil Frances Alexander, an Irish poet of the 19th century wrote “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”
Alexander published a series of “Hymns for Little Children” in 1848. This set of hymns included “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” The text elaborates upon the Apostles Creed as well as Genesis 1:31: “And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Other hymns composed by Cecil Frances Alexander included “There is a Green Hill far away” and “Once in Royal David’s City.” Many of her hymns were included in the seminal “Hymns Ancient and Modern.”
The tune the text is sung to is “Royal Oak,” a British folk melody from the 17th century.
During these times of social distancing, may we find the comfort and beauty of God in nature.

July 17, 2020

Lewinsville’s Follies will be next Sunday, July 26th at 5:00 pm. A Cole Porter medley preview of next week’s show!

July 10, 2020

This Sunday’s service will feature music of the siblings Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. John Nothaft touches on Fanny Mendelssohn’s career and performs her piece July in this week’s Friday Fortissimo.

July 3, 2020

June 26, 2020

This week Lisa Greenfield and John Nothaft (family) put together a “Summertime Songbook” to provide musical entertainment for the residents of The Lewinsville. The program included music of Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and other great American songwriters. May we each use our unique gifts to help serve our community this Summer Mission Project week at home. Many thanks to Ed Kenney for the a/v support.

June 19, 2020

As we celebrate Juneteenth and the Summer Solstice this weekend, John Nothaft performs William Grant Still’s Summerland.

June 12, 2020

Join us in Lewinsville’s first edition of our Hymn of the Month series. Learn about the hymns we love and stay to sing!

June 5, 2020

FOR EVERYONE BORN, arranged by Tom Trenney
For everyone born, a place at the table, for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing, for everyone born, a star overhead,
For woman and man, a place at the table, revising the roles, deciding the share,
with wisdom and grace, dividing the power, for woman and man, a system that’s fair,
For young and for old, a place at the table, a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled, for young and for old, the right to belong,
For just and unjust, a place at the table, abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
in anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy, for just and unjust, a new way to live,
For everyone born, a place at the table, to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship, for everyone born, the right to be free,
and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!

May 29, 2020

John Nothaft, Director of Music Ministries at Lewinsville, discusses music special to Pentecost Sunday and gives us a preview of this upcoming Sunday’s service.

May 22, 2020

As we celebrate Memorial Day Weekend may we remember the brave men and women who have fallen to uphold our freedoms. Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man inspires a dream of peace and prosperity to all.

May 15, 2020

Lewinsville’s youth-led worship service is this Sunday. Emma Staeger sings us a song filled with hope as we wait for a sunshine filled tomorrow.

May 8, 2020

Suite Magica is a four movement suite for classical guitar and harp by Argentinean composer Maximo Diego Pujol (b. 1957). The piece begins with a Preludio and each subsequent movement is based off of a South American dance: Vals, Tango, and Candombe; this video is of the third movement, the Tango. This video was recorded as part of a concert in August 2019 and the performers are LeeLee Hunter, guitar and Anna Odell, harp.

May 1, 2020

Lewinsville will be having an online Taizé worship service this Sunday at 7:00 pm. Here is one hymn we will be singing. (The musicians present are family and have been quarantined together.)

Ubi caritas et amor, Desu ibi est.
Where charity and love are, God is there.

April 24, 2020

Emma Gamble, Zachary Gutierrez, Eimi Tuttle, and Lewinsville’s Chancel Choir present A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

April 17, 2020

Laura Snyderman presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Alleluia from Exsultate, Jubilate, K.165/158a.

April 10, 2020

Sarah Saturnino and John Nothaft present George Frederic Handel’s He Was Despised from Part II of the Messiah. The text sung is Isaiah 53:3.Part II of Handel’s Messiah covers “The Passion.”

April 3, 2020

In this video, Evan Ayars and John Nothaft present a an arrangement of There is a Balm in Gilead by H.T. Burleigh. May we keep this text in our hearts during the pandemic.

There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain,
but then the Holy Spirit, revives my soul again. 

If you can preach like Peter, if you can pray like Paul,
Go home and tell your neighbor, “He died to save us all.”

There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul.