Resonance: First Church Berkeley Performances

Resonance poster 2018-19Join us for our fifth season of memorable performances!

From a modern world premiere to a new week-long festival, this anniversary season demonstrates our commitment to presenting world-class performances in the East Bay.

Costanoan Trio: (Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 · 8:00 p.m.) Representing "the best of emerging early music talent" in the United States (Early Music America), the Costanoan Trio will present a program of Clementi, Haydn and Mozart on instruments modeled after those found in the 18th century.

(FREE CONCERT) Carnival of the Animals: (Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 · 11:00 a.m.) Join First Church Berkeley for our annual, family-friendly Blessing of the Animals — bring a picnic blanket for a morning of fun! The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a free performance of Camille Saint-Saëns's The Carnival of the Animals with the First Church Festival Orchestra.

Ars Minerva presents Ifigenia in Aulide: (Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 · 8:00 p.m.) Savor the modern world premiere production of Giovanni Porta's Ifigenia in Aulide, as recreated by one of the Bay Area's most exciting opera companies!

An Evening of Vaughan Williams: (Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 · 8:00 p.m.) The First Church Festival Chorus and Orchestra will perform several works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, including his eloquent plea for peace, the choral cantata "Dona nobis pacem," written in 1936 amid growing fear that global war would soon break out again.

Derek Tam, fortepiano: (Friday, Mar. 22, 2019 · 8:00 p.m.) The "fortepianist of the beguiling fingers" (Bloomington Herald-Times), Resonance artistic director Derek Tam will play sonatas by Beethoven, Clementi, Haydn and Mozart on a copy of an late 18th-century piano.

Elizabeth Forsyth, organ: (Friday, May 3, 2019 · 8:00 p.m.) Go on a tour of Germany and France on First Church's magnificent 5,000 pipe Petty-Madden organ! First Church organist Elizabeth Forsyth will trace how organists influenced each other from Dieterich Buxtehude in 17th century Denmark to Louis Vierne in 20th century France  savor brilliant playing in a beautiful acoustic.

(FREE CONCERTS) Summersong: (June 17-21) Our season concludes with a week of free performances on the First Church campus, ranging from folk music to gospel and beyond. More details to come!


In 2014, First Church Berkeley, a premier venue for music performance in the East Bay, created its own exciting series of chamber and orchestral music concerts. Now in its fifth season, Resonance @ First Church has become a mainstay of the East Bay artistic calendar.

Music has always been an important part of the life of First Church. It touches the soul and gives sound and voice to ineffable mystery. We sing together and share our musical gifts. We also delight in the special talents of artists from within our community and beyond.

Derek Tam, First Church's Director of Music, curates this exciting series.

First Church is on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus, just west of Telegraph Avenue. It is a few blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART and is accessible by several bus lines. Some paid parking is available in the church parking lot. Directions to the church and public transportation information...

$25 for general seating
$20 for seniors (65 and over) 
$15 for students, children under 18 and First Church members

Tickets for individual events are available at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the church at (510) 848-3696. You may also purchase tickets at the door.

Our past seasons include:

2017-18: Mozart for Friends | Jason Chu | Mya Byrne | First Church Festival Chorus · Brahms Requiem | Peter and the Wolf | Sylvestris Quartet | MUSA · The Birth of the String Symphony

2016-17: First Church Festival Chorus · Carmina Burana | Salisbury Cathedral Choir | Ja Ronn & FLOW

2015-16: MUSA · Brandenburg Concertos | Kyle Stegall, tenor | Andrew Jamieson & Trouble Ensemble | First Church Festival Chorus · Fauré Requiem

2014-15: Derek Tam, harpsichord | Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time | French Baroque | First Church Festival Chorus · Vivaldi Gloria