Cultural Events
Music Series


2023-24 Concert Season

This promises to be a season of six concerts you will not want to miss! Please note that all performances will take place on a new day and at a new time: Saturdays at 4 PM.  

San Diego Children's ChoirSAN DIEGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR
SATURday, NOVEMBER 4, 2023
4 PM | Sanctuary | free childcare

Directed by Ruthie Millgard, Artistic Director of San Diego Children's Choir, and joined by First Church Children’s and Youth Choirs & Youth Chime Ensemble


Camille Saint-SaënsAdvent Choral Concert
SATURday, December 9, 2023
4 PM | Sanctuary | free childcare

Featuring: Camille Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio and seasonal works by Amy Beach, Cecilia McDowell, and John Rutter.

Performed by Masterwork Chorale and First Church Chancel Choir / Jaebon Hwang, organ / Brian Lustig, conductor


sATURday, FEBRuary 10, 2024
4 PM | SANCTUARY | Livestream | free childcare | reception 

Performed by organist Jaebon HwangThe concert is bookended by Johann Strauss I and II’s beloved music frequently played on New Year’s Day throughout Europe and America. It also includes music by San Diego’s own local composer, Texu Kim, and renowned San Diego-born concert organist and composer, Chelsea Chen

Join us for a pre-concert reception at 2 PM! If you're joining from home, you can watch the concert online.


ICantori of Walla Walla UniversityICANTORI Of Walla Walla University
SATURday, March 23, 2024
4 PM | Sanctuary | free childcare

36-voice choral ensemble from Walla Walla University, directed by Kraig Scott, DMA. They'll be performing "My Song Is Love," an eclectic program of sacred and secular choral music. 


Spring Choral Concert
George Frideric Handel Messiah Parts II & III (Passion & Resurrection)
SATURday, MAY 4, 2024 | Sanctuary | free childcare

Performed by Masterwork Chorale, First Church Chancel Choir, and USD Concert Choir, all accompanied by members of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; Brian Lustig, conductor. Solos will be sung by FUMCSD Section Leaders: Lauren Zinke, soprano; Pat McAfee, mezzo-soprano; Timmy Simpson, tenor; and Sean Smith, bass.



Enjoy this free recital performed by Lauren Zinke, soprano, Patricia McAfee, mezzo-soprano,  Timmy Simpson & Brian Lustig, tenors, Sean Smith, baritone, and Jaebon Hwang, piano.


summer bonus concert
Saturday, August 10, 2024
4 PM | Trotter Chapel | free childcare

Andrew Flory will present a solo classical guitar and theorbo concert entitled "Fourteen and Six" (referring to the number of strings on each instrument), featuring music from the 16th through the 21st centuries.




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Thank you for your continued support; we look forward to seeing you at the Music Series concerts this season and for many years to come!

We are so fortunate to receive your generous contributions dedicated to the Cultural Events Committee Music Series. While we always have enthusiastic audiences for these concerts, the free-will offerings and donations at the door simply do not cover the actual expenses of underwriting these excellent performances. Since we are dedicated to producing only high-quality and inspirational events, your donations truly make that possible.

John Mathison, Chair, Cultural Events Committee
First United Methodist Church of San Diego

Cultural Events Committee

John Mathison, chair, Jim Bliesner, Demmie Divine,
Katie Englund, Nick Hubsmith, Jaebon Hwang, 
Brian Lustig, Belen Poltorak, Suzanne Stofer, Katherine Stone,
Nathan Stowe, Spencer Velky, Steve Zawadzki


Photo credits: Header photo: ©iStock. Camille Saint-Saëns & George Frideric Handel photos: Lunar New Year image: Water Drop image: Creative Commons Zero - CC0.