Celebration Works

A series of concerts offered by First Presbyterian Church of Portland
celebrating God’s gifts of creativity and imagination.

All concerts are offered free of charge, as gifts to the community.
Complimentary parking is available in FPC’s underground garage.
All concerts will be livestreamed.

Recent Concerts:

Sunday, April 28, 2024 | 2 pm

Choose Your Own Recital!

An immersive concert of duets showcasing
the virtuosic coloratura soprano voice of Madeline Ross
and the skillful stylings of Susan McDaniel at the piano,
where the audience chooses what they will hear next!

Concert Program (PDF)

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Support Us

Celebration Works Concert Series offers free, accessible, in-person and virtual concerts at First Presbyterian Church of Portland, OR.


(Be sure to designate “Celebration Works Contribution” when making a donation)

If you have questions about the series, or would like to join our email and/or postal mailing list,
please email music@firstpresportland.org.

You can also check out our Facebook page here!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Past Concerts:

Sunday, October 22, 2023 | 2 pm

Better Late than Never!

FPC’s Steinway concert grand piano was dedicated by Darlene Cusick in 1972.
Somehow, the 50th anniversary of this event came and went,
but better late than never, Darlene marked the occasion with a special concert
featuring works of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel,
and Samuel Barber’s masterful piano sonata, which was included on the 1972 program.

Concert Program (PDF)

 Sunday, May 21, 2023 | 2 pm

Strings and Pipes

The 2022-2023 season finale featured violinist Brenda Brenner and organist Christopher Young,
both faculty members at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music,
in a lively and engaging concert of music for violin and organ.
Works by J.S. Bach, Bartók, Rachmaninoff, and Rheinberger,
as well as newer pieces by William Bolcom, Chris DeBlasio, and Naji Hakim.

Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 2 pm

MT Meadowlark

An afternoon of the cozily familiar and the surprisingly different with the
Meadowlark Trio (Janet Bebb, flute / Ann van Bever, oboe / Betsy Goy, cello) and the
MT Duo (Mary Rowell and Tatiana Kolchanova, violin/viola) as they teamed up to present
duets, quartets, and quintets by JC Bach, Mozart, Bliss, Françaix, and Zhvanetskaya.

Concert Program (PDF)

Sunday, February 5, 2023 | 2 pm

Midwinter Chill

FPC music director Greg Homza, cellist Betsy Goy, and pianist Susan McDaniel
share a program of relaxing & inspiring music. Works by Thad Fiscella, Keith Jarrett,
Betty Jackson King, Arvo Pärt, John Rutter & and others
are guaranteed to lift your spirits if the gray skies have you feeling blue.

Concert Program (PDF)

Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 2 pm

A Time of Remembrance: Rutter Requiem

Concert Program (PDF)

Sunday, September 18, 2022 | 2 pm

The Jacob Zimmerman 3

Sunday, May 15, 2022 | 2 pm


Organist Katherine Burk performs a varied program of music inspired by images and ideas of what lies beyond our earthly realm.
Works by Erik Santos and Cecilia McDowall depict celestial bodies, while works by Nicolas de Grigny, Marcel Dupré,
and Olivier Messiaen serve as musical meditations on different aspects of the spiritual Heaven.

Community Spotlight:

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon: Refugee Rapid Response

Creating a more just, compassionate, sustainable and peaceful world.

Sunday, March 27, 2022 | 2 pm

Calling Home

Vocal sextet In the Pocket will present a concert of unaccompanied choral music exploring what it means to find home. Join Madeline Ross, Laura Chase, Arielle Sazima, Alec Chase, Matt Faunt, and Rick Jones for a diverse program of classical and popular music by Danielle Jagelski, Ysaye Barnwell, Billy Joel, and more.

Community Spotlight:

Community Warehouse

Community Warehouse is the only furniture bank serving the greater Portland area. Their mission is to provide essential household furnishings to neighbors in need, creating stronger homes and brighter futures for all.

Past Events:

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Every Sunday at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Tel: (503) 228-7331