Concerts at First, 18th Season

CONCERTS AT FIRST is an an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church: an expression of the talents and passions of the music staff and volunteers, supported by the church and offered to our community. We welcome all who come through our doors and pride ourselves in hosting affordable live music by local and international musicians featuring the finest repertoire.

For each concert we ask for a suggested $10 donation to help defray costs and a contribution of nonperishable foods for the local food bank.

We invite you to consider being a Friend of CONCERTS AT FIRST by contributing to the season. More information is included in this brochure. This year in addition to our many non-ticketed concerts we offer one special ticketed event.

Welcome to this sacred space. May your lives be enriched, your imaginations expanded and your spirits filled by the sounds offered here. -- Dr. Julia Brown, Artistic Director.

Terra Nova TrioSunday, Sept. 24, 3pm - Terra Nova Trio - A World of Possibilities - The contemporary classic trio with Mike Curtis (bassoon, clarinet and soprano sax), Annalisa Morton (oboe, English horn and alto sax) and Sandy Holder (piano, accordion and guitar) bring us a program of classical, klezmer, tango, jazz and exotic originals.


Pipe ScreamsFriday, Oct. 27, 7pm - Pipe Screams - A Spooktacular Organ Recital - Wacky, wild, spooky and silly concert featuring members and friends of the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Costumes encouraged. Fundraiser for The Organ Loft aired weekly on KWAX-FM.




All SaintsSunday, Oct. 29, 3pm - All Saints Choral Evensong and Organ Concert - FUMC Choir and Paul John Rudoi, conductor, lead us in a contemplative service of music and prayer for All Saints. A brief concert will follow with soprano Jessica Rossi and organist Julia Brown.


Advent Advent Organ Recitals - Four Fridays in December at noon - Meditative organ music for the season featuring the beautiful sounds of the Hochhalter organ.
December 1 – featuring Dr. Julia Brown
December 8 – featuring Dr. Barbara Baird
December 15 – featuring Dr. Phillip Brisson (Louisville, KY)
December 22 – featuring Dr. Julia Brown


Portland Gay Men's ChorusSaturday, Dec. 16, 3pm - Portland Gay Men's Chorus - The Most Wonderful Season - Directed by Bob Mensel, this awardwinning choir brings the joy and cheer of the season. You will hear music of Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year. This year’s concert delivers a strong antidote to the angst of our times with an emphasis on diversity, joy and hope


Messiah SingSaturday, Dec. 23, 3pm - Messiah Sing - Handel’s timeless work is sung by the audience with soloists singing the arias and recitatives,accompanied by Delgani String Quartet. Paul John Rudoi, conductor.





Twelfth NightSunday, Jan. 7, 3pm – Twelfth Night Celebration - Jazz saxophonist Joe Manis joins FUMC Handbell Choirs in a celebration of Solstice and Twelfth Night.




St. Olaf ChoirFriday, Feb. 2, 7pm - St. Olaf Choir - Dr. Anton Armstrong brings the 75-voice internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir on a Northwest Tour. The Choir has brought its message of hope and faith to audiences around the world for more than a century. Special ticketed event. Tickets sold in advance ( and at the door. Open seating, so plan to come early (doors open at 6:15).






Ensemble of OregonSunday, Feb. 18, 3pm – Lenten Evensong and Concert - The Ensemble of Oregon, Patrick McDonough conductor, leads this contemplative service of music, scripture and prayer followed by a concert of inspiring choral music.




Hal Owen CelebrationSunday, March 11, 3pm – Hal Owen Celebration - Local choirs and instrumentalists join in a program celebrating the creative work of composer Harold Owen. The centerpiece of the program is his wonderfully ornate Canticle of the Sun.



Bach CantatasSunday, April 22, 3pm – Bach Cantatas - Soprano Brittany Rudoi and tenor Paul John Rudoi sing Bach’s signature but lesser known solo cantatas alongside several beautiful duets.





Schubert SongsSunday, May 6, 3pm – Schubert Songs - Soprano Emma Lynn and pianist Andrew Pham bring us an afternoon of Lieder from Die Schöne Müllerin by the Viennese master.





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