The Arts


Grace Church Presents:

The A. David Moore Organ 40th Birthday Concert

A Duo Organ Recital with

Francine Maté


Salvatore Pronestì


Dear Grace Friends,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that in honor of the 40th birthday of our A. David Moore organ, Italian concert organist, Salvatore Pronestì and I will perform a duo organ recital at Grace Church. The recital will be a free event, however we will gratefully accept donations. These donations will go to the Grace Church Organ Fund. Please note that there will be free 2 hour parking at the Colonial Garage for AMC Cinema at 3171 K Street that evening.

Those of you who were able to view all the concerts in our Virtual Bach Festival will remember Italian concert organist, Salvatore Pronestì. Salvatore is from Sant’Onofrio, Italy, and is not only a concert organist, but is also an organ builder who specializes in the construction, restoration, and maintenance of pipe organs, including historical organs. His firm, Bottega Organaria, is based in Sant’Onofrio.

Currently, Salvatore is in the midst of a big concert tour. He is now in Germany preparing to play 2 recitals in Hamburg and Lüneburg. However, he began this tour several weeks ago in Ukraine, and will return to Ukraine for concerts on September 1, 4, and 5. He will complete his tour at Lausanne Cathedral in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 10.

Salvatore is well known for his improvisations, and he will perform a new improvisation just for the birthday celebration of our organ, in addition to some of his previous improvisations.

Since our recital is in honor of the birthday of our organ, Salvatore and I are planning a program that will not be a typical classical music organ recital. We will each play solo works, but we will also perform some very fun organ duets! These duets should not only be fun listening for you, but will be fun for us to play as well.

Please check back here for the NEW date to mark your calendars to attend this very special event at Grace Church.

Thank you,

Bach Festival

Bach - F Mate

Every July, Grace welcomes Bach lovers to its historic church. The Washington Post noted that “…set quietly back from Wisconsin Avenue and a hairbreadth from the Potomac…the church offers one of Washington’s supreme concert series, its annual Bach Festival.” The festival was created in 1993 as a way to share, through a series of innovative and integrated programs, the incomparable music of J.S. Bach as well as compositions by his contemporaries and those he influenced. The acoustics of Grace Church are well suited to chamber ensembles, and the A. David Moore Organ (1981) is a fine partner for performances of the music of Bach and his contemporaries. Organist/choirmaster Francine Maté has directed the festival since 2000.

27th Grace Church “Virtual” Bach Festival

This year, Grace Church will once again welcome all music lovers to enjoy performances of some of the greatest music ever written in its first Virtual Bach Festival.  All concerts will be streamed via video links and the links to each concert will be first available at the time specified in the schedule below. Following the initial release, each concert will be available for later viewing.  All times are US Eastern Daylight Time.



Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 pm
 – Grace Church Organist/Choirmaster and Director of the Bach Festival at Grace Church, Dr. Francine Maté, performs works by JS Bach, Nicolaus Bruhns, and Dieterich Buxtehude on the Grace Church A. David Moore organ. The program concludes with the famous JS Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565.

Sunday, July 18 at 1:30 pm – Organist Dr. Michał Szostak plays works by JS Bach and Dieterich Buxtehude on various organs in Europe including Saint-Eustache, Paris, France, and Legnica, Poland.

Friday, July 23 at 7:30 pm – Organist Salvatore Pronestì presents a program of his improvisations titled “An Italian Concert Organist/Organ Builder from Leipzig to Atlantic City: Improvisations from Both Sides of the Pond.”

Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 pm – Shaughn Dowd and Martha Molinaro, flutes, Erika Sato, violin, Grace Molinaro, cello, and Larry Molinaro, harpsichord perform a program featuring trio sonatas by Quantz and J.S. Bach as well as Bach’s sublime Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034 for flute and continuo.

Sunday, July 25 at 1:30pm – Organist Michael Koenig performs an all JS Bach recital on the St. George’s Hannover Square, London, England, American organ built by Richards, Fowkes, & Co.

Friday, July 30 at 7:30 pm – Soo Young Chrisfield, soprano, Regino Madrid, violin, Fatma Daglar, oboe d’amore, Charlie Powers, cello, and Larry Molinaro, harpsichord, perform movements from Bach cantata, BWV 210, and organ music performed by Larry Molinaro on the Grace Church A. David Moore Organ.

As noted above, the links to each concert will be available for future viewing on this page after their initial launches. For more information, please contact the Bach Festival Director, Francine Maté at

Music on the Lawn

Grace Church offers concerts on the lawn on Thursdays in September, from 6 to 7:30 pm, and two or three times a year after a Sunday service. It is expected to return in 2022.

Arts and Literature Club

This group organizes outings to various cultural events, including concerts at the National Cathedral, plays and movies of interest, and other performances. Often a shared meal and conversation follow the principal event. Contact the Arts and Literature Club leader: