Fine Arts at First Concert Series

October 21, 2018, November 18, 2018, December 16, 2018, January 20, 2019, February 24, 2019, May 5, 2019

See times below

The free concert series presents six concerts in the 2018-2019 season.

Bringing a different kind of food to the hungry, First United Methodist Church seeks to offer beauty to the community through music and the fine arts. To that end, Fine Arts at First was founded in 2005 as an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church to invite Kenosha and surrounding communities to attend quality concerts and recitals in a religious environment filled with history, unique architecture, a magnificent pipe organ, and a world-class Böesendorfer concert grand piano.

Each Sunday afternoon performance within the nave of the acoustic sanctuary concludes with a reception in the beautiful Bauer-King Hall where you may chat with performers and enjoy dessert.

Jessica Deboer is the Director of the series.


  • October 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.: Heinavanker. Our 14th season begins with a concert by the Estonian choir Heinavanker. This seven-member group is committed to bringing ancient Estonian runic songs and folk hymns to modern audiences. Their repertoire also includes early English music from John Taverner, William Frye, and Thomas Tallis. In addition to recording for major classical labels, Heinavanker has toured extensively in Europe and North America.
  • November 18, 2018 at 3 p.m.: Brian Harris: One Piano, One Voice. A familiar face in the Southeastern Wisconsin music scene, Brian Harris is comfortable performing everything from Bach to Billy Joel and all that lies in between. One Piano, One Voice brings together an eclectic mix of music from his rather unique set of musical talents and abilities. In addition to Liszt and Gershwin, Brian will perform some classical jazz pieces, a few tunes by Elton John, as well as some original works.
  • December 16, 2018 at 6 p.m.: 14th Annual Messiah Sing-Along. Join your voice with director Gregory Berg, soloists, and the Festival Arts Chamber Orchestra for our 14th Annual Community Messiah Sing-Along. Enjoy the glittering lights, candles, and Handel’s glorious music. Bring your own score, or we’ll provide one. This will be a highlight of your holiday season!
  • January 20, 2019 at 3 p.m.: The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra: On the Shoulders of Giants. Established in 1995, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra regularly performs at venues throughout Wisconsin, has made numerous recordings, and has appeared in concerts and music festivals in Europe as well. Their concert titled “On the Shoulders of Giants” features works composed by and inspired by the masters: Figures in the Garden by Jonathan Dove, which was inspired by Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro; and Variations on a Theme of Haydn by Brahms, which was inspired by Haydn’s Concerto for Two Lire Organizzate.  
  • February 24, 2019 at 3 p.m.: Wael Farouk, Pianist
  • May 5, 2019 at 3 p.m.: Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble: Mercy, Mery, Mercy! – A Tribute to Julian “Cannonball” Adderly