FIRST•music is First Lutheran's concert series. Started in 2009, FIRST•music has presented a wide variety of concerts and events, from jazz to Bach to hymns. All events are free, and are a gift from the church to the community.


2017-2018 Season

In 2017-2018 FIRST•music will return to First Lutheran’s own space: our new church building at Fifth and Washington. We are grateful to the many churches who lent us space over the last three years, but can’t wait to get back into our own space! We hope you also are excited to experience this new space, which has been specifically designed to support assembly singing and other music.


The Excellent Gift of God: A Hymn Festival

October 29, 7:00pm

Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin

Sing with Martin Luther as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Brian Wentzel and the First Choir lead along with John Brombaugh's Renaissance-style organ. (More info.)


Bradley Sowash

Jazz Piano

November 19, 3:00pm

Bradley Sowash is a nationally-recognized composer and jazz pianist who lives in Columbus. He comes to Lorain to play a concert of sacred jazz on the church’s new grand piano.


Advent Music

with music of Brahms

December 10, 3:00pm

This musical evening prayer service will feature music by Johannes Brahms. Silvio Guitian on the clarinet and the First Choir will add luster to this holiday event.


Andrew Sords

Violin Recital

January 28, 3:00pm

Cleveland violinist Andrew Sords returns to FIRST•music with a recital including Beethoven, Brahms, and Grieg.



Brian Wentzel

Piano Recital

April 22, 3:00

Brian will play a program of Bach, Hindemith, Glass, and more on the church’s new grand piano.



Quire Cleveland

Land of Harmony

May 13, 3:00pm

Cleveland’s acclaimed professional chorus will perform sacred and secular American music, including early versions of The Star-Spangled Banner and Amazing Grace.


Download a printable 2017-2018 flyer.


Visit our FIRST•music archive, which includes recordings of some concerts.