Third@First Concerts

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Welcome to the third season of the Third@First Concerts. Each month this series presents local and visiting musicians in the beautiful surroundings of First United Methodist Church.

All Third@First concerts are free, however a freewill offering will be taken to cover costs.


October 15, 2016

Beethoven Chamber Music
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and pianist Junko Ueno Garrett

Trio in B-flat, “Archduke,” Op. 97
Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen”
from The Magic Flute, Op. 66
Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11

Burt Hara, clarinet David Garrett, cello
Johnny Lee, violin Junko Ueno Garrett, piano


November 19, 2016

Brass Fanfare
The Modern Brass Quintet and Friends

Music for various combinations of brass instruments by Britten, Lawrence, Bozza, Schnittke, and Boehme. ending with Richard Strauss’ Feierlicher Einzug for 15 trumpets, four horns, four trombones, two tubas, and timpani.

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December 17, 2016

Christmas Joy Concert

Choirs of all ages celebrate the season accompanied by handbells, brass, harp and pipe organ.  A celebration with something for everyone – including some audience carols!


January 21, 2017

oh, Freedom!

The Holman Choir, from Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, celebrates the witness and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a concert of spirituals and gospel music.

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February 18, 2017

Hans Uwe Hielscher organist

This internationally known organist from the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden, Germany, will present a varied program from gospel songs to overtures – “a dazzling sound journey through the world of Romantic organ music.”

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March 18, 2017

Requiem by Maurice Duruflé

The Chancel Choir of First UMC will join with the choir from First United Methodist Church of Glendale for a Lenten presentation of this ethereal Mass for the Dead based on Gregorian chant.

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April 15, 2017

Music for the Day Before Easter

This program of Baroque chamber music will be drawn from the cantatas of J.S. Bach and others.  Presented  in the Chapel by First UMC staff singers and friends, this intimate program will offer a time of reflection and hope on the afternoon before Easter.

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May 20, 2017

Tango, Soul and Passion

Music by Piazzolla, Hisaishi, Sakamoto, Bolcom and Liebermann

Junko Ueno Garrett, pianist


June 17, 2017

Big Band Music on the Patio

The Thursday Morning Little Big Band returns for a concert of old favorites and new discoveries drawn from the American Songbook and performed outdoors in front of the church.

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July 15, 2017

Music for Cello and Piano: Past and Present
The Belrose Duo

David Garrett, cello and
Junko Ueno Garrett, piano

James Peterson: “Rose-Colored Glasses” [World Premiere]
Frederic Chopin: Sonata
Samuel Barber: Sonata