Music Events

Upcoming Music Events….

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Mid-Week RecitalsFREE concerts 

January through May – 12:10 p.m. Second Wednesdays of the month in the Sanctuary. Reception with the artist(s) follows each performance in the Fireside Room.  Read more..

Below you will find a list of the other annual music events not to be missed.  

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Lessons and Anthems

During Lent – 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service

A beautiful and moving annual service of Lessons and Anthems. This is a solemn service, designed to prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week. In word and music, we will remember the last days of Jesus’ life–his witness, his teaching, his faithfulness.

Maundy Thursday

Holy Week – Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday worship – communion, word, music, silent darkness

Choir Recognition

Sunday in Spring during 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service

Don’t miss First UMC’s annual Choir Recognition Sunday, when The Chancel Choir, The Children’s Church Choir, and The Amadeus Handbell Choir will be recognized and featured during the service. Come and show your appreciation for the wonderful music these groups present during worship services throughout the year.

Chancel Choir Spring Concert

Sunday May 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary 

Featuring Luis Bacalov – MISSA TANGO – For Choir, Soloists and Orchestra


John Rutter – REQUIEM – For Choir, Soprano Soloist and Orchestra

The Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra

James E. Smith, conductor

*To hear an audio selection of the 2017 Spring Concert Requiem, click here.

Guest Choir Concert

Sunday June 23, 2019 at 4 p.m., Sanctuary 

Guest Choir: THE LAUDAMUS TE SINGERS – James H. Vail, conductor

Franz Schubert – MASS IN A FLAT – For Choir, Soloists and Orchestra

Francis Poulenc – CONCERTO IN G MINOR – For Organ, Strings and Tympani

Ty Woodward, organ

James E. Smith, conductor

Christmas Concert 

During Advent – Sanctuary

The annual Christmas Concert features Carol, Etc., with audience participation, along with original and traditional pieces performed by The Chancel Choir and guest musicians.

Concert CDs Available

The latest CDs from the First UMC Chancel Choir may be available. Check with the church office to see which concert recordings are available for purchase (310) 393-8258.