Arts Under the Spire

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July 2, 7:00 PM - SKRUK Choir Concert (in collaboration with Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir)

In collaboration with Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Norwegian choir SKRUK will present an exciting international concert of choral music. First Church's beautiful neo-Gothic sanctuary is ideal for choral performance, and you won't want to miss this opportunity to see one of Europe's premier touring youth choirs perform in this space.

The concert series features the two choirs singing individually and together, in their program, "Roots." The project is based on the idea that despite cultural differences between the American and Norwegian west-coasts, the regions share spiritual roots. This Arts Under the Spire concert features SKRUK. 

Past Events


John Santos: Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz

February 11, 4:00 PM

John Santos returns to First Pres with special guests to present this concert conceived and produced by John Santos in collaboration with the EastSide Arts Alliance and Arts Under the Spire. The concert is made possible by the generous support of the Fleishhacker Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

All proceeds support ongoing music programming at EastSide Arts Alliance and Arts Under the Spire. This is a program you will NOT want to miss!

Tickets $20 online and at the door, on a sliding scale - no one will be turned away!





4/30/17 - Silenced Voices: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert

In remembrance of those who were senselessly killed, we perform a program of music written by 3 Jewish composers who were silenced during the Holocaust.

Join us for a concert of chamber music for winds and piano by Leo Smit, Pavel Haas and Erwin Schulhoff.

Suggested Donation is $15-$20 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


  • Flute Sonata (1943) by Leo Smit 
  • Wind Quintet, Op. 10 (1929) by Pavel Haas 
  • Divertissement (1928) by Erwin Schulhoff 
  • Sextet (1933) by Leo Smit


  • Alice Leneghan- Flute
  • Kyle Bruckmann- Oboe
  • James Pytko- Clarinet
  • Meredith Brown- French Horn
  • Shawn Jones- Bassoon
  • Margaret Halbig- Piano


6/26/16 - Majesty & Fireworks

 Jonathan Dimmock (L) and Scott Macomber (R)

Jonathan Dimmock (L) and Scott Macomber (R)

Jonathan Dimmock, organ, and Scott Macomber, trumpet


Martini:  Toccata
Handel:  Sonata in F
Picchi:  Toccata for Organ
Tomasi:  Semaine Sainte a Cuzco
Duruflé:  Prélude, Adagio, et Choral varié sur le thème 'Veni Creator Spiritus'  (organ)
Phillips:  March for Trumpet & Organ
Debussy:  Valse
Bernstein:  Rondo for Lifey
Williams:  The Southern Delegation
Copland:  Fanfare for the Common Man


5/15/16 - The Leon Joyce Trio

Leon Joyce Jr., a native of Meriden, Connecticut.  As a drummer Leon has worked for a wide variety of top artists. A short list would include Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Howard Hewitt, Norman Connors, Tom Browne, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Yve Evans, Monty Alexander, Barry Harris, James Carter, Clark Terry, Conte Condoli, Ellis Marsalis, Larry Coryell, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Pete Fountain, Barbara Morrison, Patti LaBelle & Mary Wilson. Leon is currently a regular with the Leon Joyce Trio, Quartet and Quintet, the Sista Monica Band, the Jamie Davis Quintet, and the 57th Street Galley House Band. He also freelances in and around the Chicago and San Francisco Bay areas with numerous other artists.

Leon has appeared at many of the top International Jazz Festivals, including Montreaux & Lugano Jazz Festivals in Switzerland and the Villingen Swing/Jazz Festival in Germany. Nationally, he has appeared in the Monterey Jazz and Blues, Playboy Jazz and JVC Jazz Festivals in California, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in Louisiana & the JVC Jazz Festival in Colorado. Locally he has appeared in the Chicago Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival & the South Shore Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Carmel Jazz Fest.