Old First Concerts

About Old First Concerts


Old First Concerts, established in 1970 as a year-round concert series, continues to present an astonishing array of programs performed by outstanding musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Old First Concerts has a distinctive niche within the local musical community with a solid history of creating and programming an incubator space for emerging and established musicians and ensembles of all genres. The musical content (our curatorial mission) is artist-driven on every level, with no restrictions placed on the musicians' artistic vision.


The concert season is developed by Director Matthew Wolka Matthew Wolka, directorin conjunction with Program Associate Rick Bahto and an Artist Advisory Board of musicians from throughout the region, representing a variety of disciplines. Musicians and ensembles propose an evening-length program, which is considered and evaluated. The result of this approach is a series that features diverse and often unconventional repertoire that ranges from classical recital and chamber performances to blues, folk, avant-garde, and jazz, as well as multicultural and world music. The series presents numerous World, US and regional premieres each year, often by emerging or mid-career Bay Area composers. Please visit our Performance Archives to explore past performances.


Holiday Guitar Concert

Artists perform in an acoustically and aesthetically appealing setting, seating approximately 450 people, with a backdrop of vividly-colored stained glass windows, and an entranceway featuring an elaborately hand painted ceiling. The venue is an ideal median between the larger local performance and recital halls, and the smaller community centers and clubs. Pianists have developed a deep fondness for performing on Old First Concerts' excellent New York Steinway (circa 1980).


With affordable ticket prices Old First Concerts is dedicated to making a world- class concert experience truly accessible to the community and visitors.

Board of Directors
Thomas Culp, President
Randal P. Wong, Secretary
Darren Presher, Treasurer
Christopher Burt
Walter Kennedy
Barbara Marré
Bill Rudiak
Stephen Taber
Mike Tekulsky
Meina Xu

Artist Advisory Board
Dan Becker
Donna Bruno
Lawrence Ferrara
Daniel Glover
Mike Greensill
Corey Jamason
Esther Landau
Jodi Levitz
Mack McCray
Ron McFarland
Emil Miland
Bettina Mussumeli
Hyo-shin Na
Joan Nagano
John Parr
Elizabeth Prior
Victor Romasevich

Matthew Wolka, Director
Rick Bahto, Program Associate
Aimée Duddridge-Picard, Administrative Assistant
Geoffrey Lin, House Manager

Contact Us

Parking and Directions 

We are fully wheelchair accessible. 

Karen Stafford
Hillary Turner



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