Since its founding in 1970, Old First Concerts has grown to be an important part of the San Francisco cultural landscape.
In a beautiful historic space with excellent acoustics, Old First Concerts presents rich and diverse high-quality concert experiences of classical music, jazz and world music. We feature:
- Eclectic and adventurous programming including works and performances by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community alongside more established classical music repertoire.
- Comprehensive concert experiences including great acoustics, open seating, complimentary refreshments at intermission and discounted parking.
- Affordable ticket pricing: $5 tickets for students and low-income seniors and free admission for children under 12. There are no ticket surcharges for online purchases: instead, we give a $2 discount for General Admission and Senior tickets purchased in advance for most concerts.
Our audiences discover a like-minded community of music lovers eager to explore the energy and excitement of the new music and performers of today, re-engage with old favorites, and help build the musical culture in San Francisco by supporting local musicians. Many of our concerts include our Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, a favorite of local pianists. The piano is meticulously maintained by David Love (www.davidlovepianos.com).
All concerts are held at the Old First Church, home to an affirming and welcoming congregation with a long history of social activism, located on the corner of Sacramento Street and Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. Please note that Old First Concerts is a completely separate 501(c)3 organization with no religious affiliation and we strive to feature music that is welcoming and inclusive to all people regardless of their race, culture, gender identity, sexuality, age or any other identifying characteristic.
Director Matthew Wolka started his tenure at Old First Concerts in January 2017. He has worked with the San Francisco Opera Education Department as a composer and teaching artist, and as an accompanist with the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus. He founded the Ravenswood Community Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois and has presented many concerts as a conductor, performer, and organizer over the past 25 years.
Old First Concerts would like to acknowledge the generous support of The City of San Francisco – Grants for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and The H. B. and Lucille Horn Foundation. We also receive support through the IBM Matching Grants Foundation and Google for Non-profits.
If you are interested in viewing information about past concerts, please visit our archives page.
Old First Concerts Board of Directors
Thomas Culp, President
Christopher Burt, Vice President
Darren Presher, Treasurer
Randal P. Wong, Secretary
Stephen L. Taber