Concerts at First

Aristide Cavaillé-CollSunday, September 25, 4 pm - The Legacy of organbuilder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811-1899) - Organ Concert with Julia Brown celebrating the 200th anniversary of Cavaillé-Coll’s birth.

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Pipe ScreamsSunday, October 30, 4 PM - Pipe Screams - wacky, wild, spooky, silly evening 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.



Portland Gay Men’s ChorusSunday, December 4, 4 PM - Joy to the (Modern) World - join the 120-voice Portland Gay Men’s Chorus as they bring us a modern interpretation of the holidays. Bob Mensel, artistic director.

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Advent Organ Recitals Advent Organ Recitals at Eugene FUMC (Fridays in Advent, 12:15-12:45) featuring the Hochhalter pipe organ.
December 2 – Bethany Foster (Organist Westminster Presbyterian Church, Eugene)
December 9 – Craig Hanson (Organist FUMC Corvallis)
December 16 – Barbara Baird (University of Oregon faculty & First Congregational Church) & Guy Aydeott, tenor
December 23 – Julia Brown (Organist FUMC, Eugene) & Shira Fadeley, Handbells

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Christmas Choral Sunday

Sunday, December 18, 10 AM - Christmas Choral Sunday - a service of lessons and carols built around the O Antiphons featuring the FUMC choirs; Linda Duffendack Oxley, conductor.

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Musica MaestraleSunday, January 8, 4 PM - To Lament and to Rejoice” – Dramatic instrumental and vocal music from the early Italian Baroque, with ensemble Musica Maestrale on Sunday, January 8 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, Eugene.  Suggested donation $10.  Please bring canned goods for Food for Lane County.

The program will include dramatic laments as well as jovial songs, and some of the earliest sonatas. Composers represented include Monteverdi, Castello, Falconieri, and Barbara Strozzi, one of the few female composers from the Baroque era.  Performers are Catherine Olson, soprano, Polly Gibson, recorder and bass viol, Bryce Peltier, recorder, Hideki Yamaya, theorbo and Baroque guitar and Julia Brown, harpsichord.

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King of InstrumentsSaturday, January 14, 10 AM - Introduction to the King of Instruments - an informal concert designed for all ages performed by members of the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The organ is the oldest keyboard instrument, dating to about 250 B.C.  It is an instrument that is widely played and continues to be built in the 21st century.  Organists can draw from seven centuries of music and composers throughout the world continue to write new music for the organ.  

You are invited to a concert that features the pipe organ, a seemingly complex musical instrument.  Members of the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a program to reveal the inside story of how pipe organs work and what makes them the “King of Instruments”.  Come listen to the large Hochhalter organ and the Petty portative organ.  Compare the two instruments; learn how they are different and how they are alike; learn what has changed in the mechanism and sound of the pipe organ during the many centuries of its existence.  Listen to the different colors.  This informal program is for the young and young at heart, so bring yourself, your questions, and a friend to enjoy this informative morning about pipe organs. Admission free.  An offering will be received for the Eugene AGO educational fund.


The Things We Do For LoveSunday, February 5, 4 PM - The Things We Do For Love, a concert of love-themed Baroque music with Cascade Consort and friends. Suggested donation $10. The program includes works by Kapsberger, Handel, Marais, Monteverdi and more, with instrumental and vocal music depicting love and the many turns it takes.  Aaron Cain, baritone, Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba, David Rogers, archlute and Julia Brown, harpsichord and guest artists Estelí Gomez, soprano and Stephen Rodgers, tenor. The audience is encouraged to bring canned goods for Food for Lane County.

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15th Century Music15th Century MusicSunday, April 22, 4 PM - 15th Century Music - including works of Binchois & Dufay and composers represented by Petrucci's Odhecaton performed by Philip & Gayle Neuman (recorders, double reeds, vielles & gitterns), Laura Zaerr (Gothic harp & Bray harp) & David Rogers (vihuela & oud) (suggested donation $10).

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Strings of CompassionSunday, April 28, 7 PM - Strings of Compassion  Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Music-Thanatology practice presents its eleventh annual benefit concert.  A reception with the musicians will follow the performance in the church fellowship hall.  The performance, featuring Celtic-style harp and voice, is an hour of relaxing music intended to be a gift to the community to renew the heart, mind and spirit. This concert is best suited for the adult listener. Admission is free and donations in support of the Strings of Compassion program are welcome.  Strings of Compassion is a service of Sacred Heart Medical Center and Sacred Heart Hospice in which music-thanatologists bring beauty and presence through harp and voice to the bedside of the dying, meeting anxiety, grief, and suffering with the therapeutic qualities of music.  This service is provided free of charge for terminally ill patients in the hospital and for those who are under hospice care at home.  For more information, please contact Strings of Compassion at 541-222-2269 or


Battle of the Bands Sunday, May 6, 4 PM - Battle of the Bands: Le Roi Soleil and Sanssouci take on the Dresden Hofkappelle - at the courts of Louis XIV, Frederick II (The Great), and Frederick Augustus I (The Strong), musical life in the cities of Paris, Berlin/Potsdam, and Dresden flourished. François Couperin, J. M. Hotteterre (Paris), C. P. E. Bach (Berlin), W. F. Bach (Dresden), and J. J. Quantz (Dresden, Berlin, Potsdam) and others provide the musical material for Seattle-based Baroque Northwest: Kim Pineda (Baroque flute), Max Fuller (viola da gamba), August Denhard (lutes), and Julia Brown (harpsichord) (suggested donation $10).

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Joanna BlendulfSunday, May 20, 4 PM - Music for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord - Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba; Julia Brown, harpsichord (suggested donation $10).

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Elizabeth MaysSunday, June 10, 4 PM - Elizabeth Mays, Handbells - The program includes works by Handel, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Moore. Come enjoy and evening of solo Handbell ringing. Experience dazzling Handbell techniques and musicianship. Fun for the whole family. Freewill offering. The audience is encouraged to bring canned goods for Food for Lane County.

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Click here for the Concerts at First 2011-2012 Schedule.