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FUMC Pasadena is proud to present the Third at First Concert series. Every third Saturday of the month stop by First United Methodist Church of Pasadena for a free concert by a group of amazing musicians.

September 19, 2015, 4 p.m.
Alan Chapman & Karen Benjamin
Songwriters and Their Songs


An afternoon of classic American Songs with the stories behind the music.

Few performers understand the full extent of the Great American Songbook as well as the husband-wife team of singer Karen Benjamin and pianist Alan Chapman
–Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

October 17, 2015, 4 p.m.
Christoph Bull Organ Concert

Chris Bull

Christoph’s appearance at First UMC is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Bach Festival. That affiliation has led him to build his program around his deep appreciation for the organ’s greatest composer: Johann Sebastian Bach. Don’t miss this chance to experience Bach’s music in a new way through the artistry of Christoph Bull. For more information about Christoph Bull visit his website at

November 21, 2015, 4 p.m.
Chamber Music of Brahms and Mozart

brahms mozart

Johnny Lee, violin
Michael Larco, viola
David Garrett, cello
Junko Ueno Garrett, piano

December 19, 2015, 4 p.m.
FUMC Pasadena Choirs
Christmas Joy

FUMC choirs

The sounds of the season will be celebrated by the choirs and soloists of FUMC Pasadena accompanied by various instruments. The program will include seasonal classics alongside new favorites, some audience carols, and Kirke Mechem’s suite, Seven Joys of Christmas. Gregory Norton, conductor.

January 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
AlbertMcNeil Jubilee Singers
Spirituals and Other Music of the African Diaspora


A Los Angeles-area treasure for over 40 years, the Jubilee Singers have been heard in over 70 countries, including Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and North and West Africa. The ensemble is the creation of Albert McNeil who has dedicated himself to upholding a choral tradition of excellence with the presentation of the Concert Spiritual and the ever-increasing contributions of African American composers of concert music, opera, and theatre music.

It doesn’t take strict concentration to appreciate the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers. Bring them your tired, your dyspeptic, your uninterested and this group will know how to grab a few lapels.
–Los Angeles Times 

February 20, 2016, 4 p.m.
James Lent and
Junko Ueno Garrett
Piano Spectacular: four hands at one piano

Piano duet

Music by Mozart, Poulenc, Schubert, Rachmaninov, Debussy and more

March 19, 2016, 4 p.m.
Claremont Chorale
In a Vesper Light

Claremont Chorale

The Claremont Chorale is a 65-voice community choir made up of singers from all walks of life, founded in the city of Claremont in 1968.  Gregory Norton, the Chorale’s Music Director since 1993, will lead the Chorale with professional chamber orchestra and soloists in presenting two beloved works that are appropriate to be sung and heard at day’s end: Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Morten Lauridsen’s modern classic, Lux Aeterna.

April 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
The Dulcet Singers
with Mark Goldstein & Rob Hayes
Jazz Concert


May 21, 2016, 4 p.m.
Ae-Kyong Kim: Organ Concert

Ae Kyong

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Ms. Kim holds degrees in organ from the University of Southern California. She is active in the musical life of greater Los Angeles as a recitalist and accompanist and has served as staff organist at First UMC since 2003.

Music of J.S. Bach, Hindemith, Guillou, Guilmant and Messiaen


June 18, 2016, 4 p.m.
Jean-Sébastien Vallée & Junko Ueno Garrett
Songs of Summer

vallee color

FUMC Pasadena’s former Music Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Director of Choral Studies at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, returns to collaborate with Junko Ueno Garrett in presenting a concert of song and poetry focused on the warmer months.

July 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
The Belrose Duo
From Russia with Love

Belrose Duo

The Belrose Duo presents Romantic and early 20th century Russian favorites for cello and piano.
David Garrett, cello
Junko Ueno Garrett, piano


First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
500 E. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena Ca 91101
Office: 626.796.0157 Fax: 626.568.1615

Worship: Sunday Mornings, 10am
Fellowship: 11:15am
Office; Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

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