Asbury First hosts a series of concerts each year in our Sanctuary featuring musicians from both the vibrant local music scene as well as groups and individuals from across the country. The concerts are reasonably priced (sometimes free!). Please check the events calendar for the most updated listing.
More information will be added as events are announced. For additional music information and ways to connect with Asbury First, take a look at the Fall Education and Events booklet here.
Concentus Women’s Chorus
Concentus Women’s Chorus, directed by Asbury First UMC member Gwendolyn Gassler, performs Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by harpist Anna Lenhert. This multi-movement work is comprised of enchanting musical settings of old english texts, framed by unison chant. The concert also includes several short pieces in a variety of styles; piano accompaniment by Grace Choi adds sparkle to the lively carol “On This Day” and the velvety sonority for which Concentus is known is featured in an a cappella setting of a lullaby sung to the Christ child.
Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” scored for brass quartet, organ and voices, brings the concert to a rousing conclusion. The beautiful architecture and and peaceful ambience of the Asbury sanctuary provides the perfect setting for these musical gems. Please join us!
Tickets for this concert are available at the door. Adults $15; students $5.
Voices presents Brahms and Beyond: An Evening of Romantic Singing
Voices, Rochester’s professional vocal ensemble, will present Brahms and Beyond: An Evening of Romantic Singing on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 pm at the Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1040 East Avenue. The program will consist of vocal chamber music and choruses by Johannes Brahms, Clara and Robert Schumann, and Heinrich von Herzogenberg. The pianist will be Jeremy Vigil, and the conductor will be Voices Music Director William Weinert. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a freewill offering.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) is well-known for the subtlety, imagination, and beauty of his writing for voices. Like many of his contemporaries, he often set poems of the Romantic era centered on love, nature, and the seasons. His career was launched through the enthusiasm of the composers Robert and Clara Schumann, and he remained a close friend of Clara Schumann for many years. Herzogenberg, another friend of Brahms, was influenced by both Brahms and the Schumanns.
Voices is a professional vocal ensemble consisting of western New York’s finest solo and ensemble singers. They have appeared frequently in concerts and broadcasts since 2007, singing music from the Renaissance through the 21st century.