Mid-Week Recital Series

First UMC is excited to announce that 2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Mid-Week Recitals! 
Under the helm of Dr. Jim Smith, Director of the First UMC Music Department, what started as a suggestion by the Health Ministry nurse to offer the recitals followed by “healthy snacks” in the Fireside Room, has turned into a 20 year run of outstanding performances.   While we can’t celebrate the 20th Anniversary with a live performance in the Sanctuary, we are pleased to announce that we will continue to offer the Mid-Week Recitals online throughout the fall!

Save the Dates– Fall Calendar

  • Sundays at 10 a.m. – Online Sanctuary Service with Ty Woodward, organ, with various guest musicians
  • Wednesday, October 14 – Nancy Roth, violin
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Kirill Gliadkovsky, piano

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Various guest musicians alongside Jim Smith, Music Director, and Ty Woodward, resident organist, during the Sunday online worship service.

Past Recitals

Wednesday, September 9, Aaron Shows, organ

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August 12, 2020 – Susan Greenberg, flute; Cristina Montes Mateo, harp

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July 8, 2020 – Connie Sheu, guitar, and Elise Henry, flute

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June 11, 2020 – Duo Imaginalis: Ekaterina Bessmettseva, piano; Hugo Nogueira, guitar

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Learn more about Duo Imaginalis on their website and Instagram.

May 13, 2020 – Mark Robson, Piano Online Recital

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January 8, 2020 – David Childs, baritone

David Childs is a baritone who specializes in Jewish Music. He holds a degree in Vocal Performance from UCLA and is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival. David’s past musical endeavors include singing solo roles with several performing groups: Guild Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Aspen Opera Center, & LA Chamber Orchestra. In 2017, David performed a recital with pianist Mark Robson as part of Boston Court’s Emerging Artist Series. David also played accordion with the Latin-American folk-pop band, We The Folk. He currently serves as Cantorial Intern at Sinai Temple in Westwood and is studying at the Ziegler School of Rabbinics at American Jewish University.


March 11, 2020 – Sergey Kosemyan, cello; Anna Markosyan, piano

Sergey Kosemyan is a recipient of the UNESCO Gold Medal, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aram Khachaturian, 2008.  He is the prize winner of the following International Competitions:  Aram Khachaturian International Competition, 2006; Pierre Lantier International Chamber Music Competition (Grand Prix), Paris, 2002; the National Young Artist Competition in Yerevan, Armenia (1997) First Prize; and the winner of the Premier Prix de La Conservatoire National Superior de Paris, 2002.  He is the founder of the Classic Art Trio (2014), and Kosemyan Ensemble (2017) in Mexico.  His teachers have been Mstislav Rostropovich, Philipe Müller, Harry Hoffman, and Dominique de Williencourt.

Anna Markosyan is a graduate of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, and winner of the A. Babajanyan National Piano Competition (Armenia).  She has performed in chamber ensembles in Armenia, Russia, Europe, Mexico and the USA.


May 8, 2019 – David York, organ

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April 10, 2019 – The Wilder Trio, clarinet, bassoon & piano

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The Wilder Trio with Gernot Wolfgang, composer of “Uncle Bebop.”

March 13, 2019 – AlmaNova Duo, flute and guitar

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February 13, 2019 – Lukas Hasler, organ 

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March 14, 2018 – Duo Ondine: Boglárka Kiss, Flute; Alison Bjorkedal, Harp

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February 7, 2018 – Althea Waites, Piano – February 7, 2018

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May 10, 2017 – Jaebon Hwang, Organ

The finale of the 2017 Mid-Week Recital series is with award-winning composer and organist, Jaebon Hwang!  She is organist at Westwood United Methodist Church where she presides over one of the largest organs in the region.  Awarded the Fellow of American Guild of Organists, the organization’s highest level of certification, she is active as a recitalist and as a collaborative artist.



May 9, 2018 – Christoph Bull, Organ

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