First Church Music Events

First Church has long been a center of music and the arts in Summit County. The beauty and architectural grandeur of the Meetinghouse space is one of the gems of Akron. The acoustics compliment music like no other venue in the area. Experience the beauty, grandeur and acoustics all in one place – First Church. All performances are open to the public. A good-will offering will be taken at the conclusion of the performance to help support the First Church Music Fund.

The concert events are held in our historic Meetinghouse, beginning at 7pm. Parking is avialable on premises and our building is handicapped accessible. All are welcome to attend! Please be sure to tell your friends and neighbors!

Tret Fure
Friday, October 18, 2019

A prolific artist in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 16 albums and CDs over the course of her 48 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.
Now after 8 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories: Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song. She also won the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, Tret was voted “Pride InThe Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician.” In the same year, she received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music. She is also the #1 folk artist for Reverbnation in Newport News, VA. In 2017, Tret took 2nd place in the Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay songwriting contest for her song “The Fishermen of Bristol Bay.”
In 2018, Tret released a stunning collection of songs on her latest release “Roses in November,” which was on the the Folk DJ charts for over 6 months. Her song “Lessons From Home Plate” was the #1 song in in June 2018, with the album at #4 and she was the #2 artist. In November, the title song was #7.

Zydecco Kings
Friday March 20, 2020

The Zydeco Kings are a mixture of old school rhythm & blues infused with the spirit of New Orleans, steeped in gumbo boogie woogie, a dash Caribbean soul, rollicking piano, accordion, guitar, saxophone, bass, drums and of course, some rubboard. The Zydeco Kings celebrate the music of Louisiana.
Members include Bob Corlett, accordion, keys & vocals, Mike McClosky, guitar & vocals, Jefferson Rice, horns, keys & vocals, Mike Covert , bass, Doug Smith, drums & Paula Hart , rubboard & percussion.

University of Akron Symphony Orchestra

Under the direction of Dr. Guy V. Bordo

Through a generous grant from the Kulas Foundation, this concert will now feature a special performance from Guest Violinist Andrés Cárdenes. Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Cárdenes has parlayed his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. A ferocious, passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances.

Since capturing the Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Cárdenes has appeared as soloist with over one hundred orchestras on four continents, including those of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Moscow, Bavarian Radio, Dallas, Helsinki, Shanghai, Caracas and Barcelona.

Performance will begin at 7:30pm and will conclude at 9:00pm. For this concert there will be an admission price of $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UA students, with free admission for First Church members and UA students with Zip cards. Parking is free and available on-site.

2019-20 UASO Performances:

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7:30-9:00pm

First Church has long been a center of music and the arts in Summit County. The beauty and architectural grandeur of the Meetinghouse space is one of the gems of Akron. The acoustics compliment music like no other venue in the area. Experience the beauty, grandeur and acoustics all in one place – First Church. All performances are open to the public. A good-will offering will be taken at the conclusion of the performance to help support the First Church Music Fund.