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Stanzas for Music

In this concert, Karen Clark, Hank Dutt and Marilyn Thompson explore the bounds of space and time in music from the 12th–21st Centuries. The first half of the concert features songs of Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms on poetry of Goethe, Kerner, and Rückert and includes Brahms luscious Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91, for alto, viola, and piano. The second half of the concert merges the modern and medieval sound worlds of Joan Jeanrenaud, Steve Reich, Guillaume de Machaut, and Hildegard von Bingen. The evening concludes with San Francisco composer Robert Sheldons songs on texts of Margaret Widdmore and Sara Teasdale.

Old First Concerts has volunteer opportunities available!

Our concerts rely on the generosity of volunteers to assist with simple tasks like:


distributing programs

box office

set-up and clean-up

Scheduling is flexible — you choose when to work! We especially need helping hands for our Friday and Saturday night performances.

An excellent opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who possesses a love for music!

If you’d like to consider volunteering with Old First Concerts, please contact for more information.