Concerts at First
The congregation of First United Methodist Church of Eugene welcomes you as we celebrate fifteen years of concerts and special choral worship services in our building.
One way in which First United Methodist Church serves the local area is by opening our doors and inviting others to share live music. CONCERTS AT FIRST is an expression of the talents, the resources and the passions of the people of First United Methodist Church. It is an offering to the people of our community and beyond.
We welcome all who come through our doors – our neighbors, our congregation and our world travelers. For most events we ask for a suggested donation of $10 to help defray costs and a contribution of non-perishable foods for the local food bank.
We invite you to join us, to share these musical gifts, to be touched by a Spirit that moves through the music and the company shared in this space. We hope that you will find your lives enriched and your imaginations expanded, your spirits deepened in these encounters with beauty, great music and extraordinary musicians. -- Dr. Julia Brown, Director of Music and Organist
Sunday, Sept. 20, 4pm - Delgani String Quartet - Classics to Contemporary - The Delgani String Quartet is an energetic, young ensemble based in Eugene, dedicated to innovative concerts that mix treasured classics with accessible contemporary works. They are alive with interaction, expression and spontaneity. Suggested donation $10. Click here to read the press release. Click here to view the poster.
Sunday, Oct. 11, 4pm – Cascadia Concert Opera - Mozart’s Don Giovanni - Cascadia Concert Opera presents this electrifying opera by Mozart sung in English, conducted by Dr. Vincent Centeno and accompanied on piano by Olga Aynvarg. Featuring Brennan Guillory as Don Giovanni, Deac Guidi as Leporello, Janet Hackett as Donna Anna, Coral Walterman as Donna Elvira and Bill Hullings as the Commendatore. Mozart’s opera is a brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and touching comedy, set to music of limitless genius. Please note: Concert duration is 3 hours. Suggested donation $10. Click here to read the press release. Click here to view the poster.
Sunday, Nov. 8, 4pm – Matthew Halls conducts Fauré and Bach - In collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Music, the Chamber Choir and University Singers present Fauré’s Requiem and Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude with guest conductor Matthew Halls, Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival. Suggested donation $10.
|Advent Organ Recitals - Three Fridays in December at noon -
Meditative organ music for the season featuring the beautiful sounds of the Hochhalter organ. Dr. Julia Brown, organist and guest musicians. Suggested donation $10.
December 4 – featuring Christian Peters, trumpet
December 11 – featuring Amy Goeser Kolb, oboe
December 18 – featuring Dr. Julia Brown, organ
Click here to read the press release. Click here to view the poster.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 3pm – Portland Gay Men’s Chorus - The Most Wonderful Season - Portland Gay Men’s Chorus returns with their inspiring, humorous and lighthearted holiday program. Join in the revelry of a production packed with seasonal favorites and new classics that celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, then raise a glass to toast a Happy New Year. Suggested donation $10.
Sunday, Dec. 20, 4pm - Messiah Sing - Handel’s timeless work is sung by the audience with soloists and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Linda Duffendack Oxley, conductor. Suggested donation: $10.
Sunday, Jan. 3, 4pm – Twelfth Night Celebration - Handbell Choirs and special guests celebrate Solstice and Twelfth Night. Suggested donation: $10.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 3pm - Russian pianist Andrei Andreev - An afternoon of romantic piano music. Suggested donation $10 and canned goods for Food For Lane County.
Sunday, Feb. 21, 4pm – Choral Evensong and Concert - The Chamber Choir of the University of Oregon, Sharon Paul, conductor, lead this contemplative service of music, scripture and prayer followed by a concert of inspiring choral music. Suggested donation: $10.
Sunday, March 6, 4pm – Evynne Hollens & Nathan Alef - An afternoon of music with Evynne Hollens and Nathan Alef. Suggested donation: $10
Sunday, April 17, 4pm – Platypus Clarinet Orchestra - Platypus Clarinet Orchestra returns in a concert showcasing Robert Schumann’s Romantic masterpiece, his Fourth Symphony. Suggested donation $10.
Friday, May 20, 7:30pm – Organists of Korea - presented by the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is a concert featuring organ music from the Classical and Romantic periods along with J. S. Bach’s “Wedge” Prelude and Fugue. Performers are Professor Yang-Hee Yun from Seoul, Korea, and two of her former students now living in the United States, Jenny Ahn Lee and Seon-Ae Tinling. Free. Donations to the fund for expanding the Hochhalter organ are welcome! Click here to read the press release. Click here to view the poster.
Sunday, May 29, 4pm - Guy Few & Nadina Mackie Jackson - Canadian trumpet virtuoso and a favorite in Eugene, Guy Few performs with Canadian bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson and organist Julia Brown. Suggested donation $10.
Click here for a pdf of the 2015-2016 concert brochure.
Click here for 2014-2015 concert series listings.
Click here for 2013-2014 concert series listings.
Click here for 2012-2013 concert series listings.
Click here for 2011-2012 concert series listings.