October 23, 2016


   Old Buttonwood Hall

   9:00 a.m.

Traditional Worship


   11 a.m.  

   Rev. Jesse Garner



LGBT Bible Study

Wed, Oct 12, 19 & 26

6:30 p.m.


Young Adult Fellowship

Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm


Men's Bible Study

Saturday mornings @ 8 am

Cafe at DiBruno Bros.

18th & Chestnut Streets




The mission of Concerts@First is to present a series of high quality musical concerts each year that provide cultural enrichment for the members of First Church and the community.  Each of our programs brings in a different audience; the vast majority of those attendees are visitors, proving that these are incredible opportunities to open our doors to the world and welcome strangers!

Concerts@First had its debut concert in June 2007 when the First Church Choir performed Bach’s B Minor Mass. In 2009 and 2010 organist Andrew Senn captivated audiences by accompanying silent movies Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Other highlights have included the Durufle Requiem, the Poulenc Organ Concerto, and Handel's Dixit Dominus.  The 2016-17 season (our 10th season) promises to be another interesting and exciting one!

2016-17 Season

We open the season on September 25th at 4 pm, with The Helen McDermott Memorial Concert, an organ recital by acclaimed French organist, Johann Vexo.    We will once again offer a silent film at Halloween; The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be shown on a giant screen while Andrew Senn improvises a sound track on the organ.  In February, we will welcome Kara Huber, a remarkable and talented young pianist.  Her program for us will be a “dry-run” as she prepares for her Carnegie Hall debut.  Finally, there will be two Sunday worship services featuring Bach cantatas with the Chancel Choir and Orchestra - October 30th (Reformation Sunday) and March 26th (Fourth Sunday of Lent).  We hope to see you at all of these wonderful musical events. 

Sunday, September 25th @ 4 pm - The Helen McDermott Memorial Concert

Johann Vexo, organist - Notre Dame de Paris & Nancy Cathedral

Saturday, October 29th @ 7 pm - Silent Film for Halloween
The Hunchback of Notre Dame with improvised organ by Andrew Senn
Sunday, January 22nd @ 4 pm - Organ Concert
Andrew Senn

Sunday, February 26th @ 3 pm - Piano Concert
Kara Huber


All of our programs are free of charge, with a free-will offering. If you wish to contribute to Concerts@First to ensure the continued offering of world-class concerts, your donation will be gratefully received!

Look for more details on the Concerts@First season in Upcoming Events along with details on other music events held at First Church.