Third@First Concerts

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 21

Baroque Showcase

Nicola Antonio Porpora: Cello Concerto in G major – David Garrett, cello
Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 1054 – Junko Ueno Garrett, piano
George Frideric Handel: Psalm 112, Laudate Pueri – Lisa Eden, soprano, with the Chancel Choir
Third@First Chamber Orchestra, Gregory Norton, conductor


November 18

The Grand Organ
Aaron Shows, organist

In the past, the organ was heard in many places in addition to church. In this program, First UMC’s organist will display the many ways “The King of Instruments” has been used – from church to concert hall to accompanying silent films.


December 16

Christmas Joy
All of First UMC’s choirs and ensembles combine for a joyous celebration of the season. Featured music includes Shawn Kirchner’s Behold New Joy, piano ensemble, handbells, audience carols – and more!


January 20

The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles

The Spirit Chorale celebrates over 20 years on a journey of preserving music of African-American composers, especially the Negro spiritual. Director and founder Byron J. Smith is joined by some of the most sought-after voices in Los Angeles who form this dynamic ensemble.


February 17

Romance on Piano
Junko Ueno Garrett, pianistJunko Ueno Garrett, pianist

Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana, op. 16
Johannes Brahms: Drei Intermezzi, op. 117
Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato et  Grand Polonaise brillante, op. 22


March 17

Bernstein Centennial Celebration
Junko Ueno Garrett, piano and David Garrett, cello
The Chancel Choir and soloists


April 21

Joy of Chamber Music
Alexander Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio, op. 3
Johannes Brahms: Trio in B Major, op. 8

Burt Hara, clarinet
Lyndon Johnston Taylor, violin
David Garrett, cello
Junko Ueno Garrett, piano


May 19

ALS Benefit Concert

Ken Berry & Friends – award-winning composer & guitarist
Trio Kait, featuring Kait Dunton
The Remotes, featuring Tiffany LaBarbera Palmer
Polytechnic School Jazz with guest drummer Clay Hillenburg
Emcee: Larry Mantle, KPCC Radio Personality


June 16

Todd Wilander, lyric tenor with Paul Floyd, pianist
Recently praised by Opera News for his “clear and sweet lyrical tone and brave, vocally assured portrayals” (The New York Times), Todd Wilander is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after leading tenors on American and European stages. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 and is a former Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner.


July 21

Piano Spectacular! 2 Piano Concert
Paul Floyd and Junko Ueno Garrett, pianists
Music by Mozart, Lutoslawski, Rachmaninoff and Mihaud