First Thursdays

First Thursday Downtown Noontime Concert Series

The noontime concert series is presented by the First Presbyterian Church in cooperation with the Missouri Western State University Department of Music and with financial assistance from the Commerce Bank of St. Joseph. The concerts are held on the first Thursday of each month September through April with the exception of January. The series was begun in 1999 and is now in it's 20th Season!

The audience is invited to bring lunch and eat while listening to the performance beginning at 12:10 and lasting about 35 minutes in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 7th & Jules. There will be an opportunity to meet the performer(s) after the concert. In honor of the 20th season, there is no suggested minimum contribution. Contributions are nevertheless welcome to ensure the series' future.

Performances for the 2018-19 season will include:

Sep. 7 - Shaun Agnew, baritone, with Brent Isom, guitar

Oct. 4 - Kristin Newbegin, soprano, with Ruth Krusemark, piano

Nov. 1 - MWSU Marimba Ensemble, Joshua Knight, coordinator

Dec. 6 - Christmas at the organ, Jerry L. Anderson

(No Concert in January)

Feb. 7 - Bill Richardson, trumpet, with Paul Hindemith, bass, and Jiwon Choi, piano

Mar. 7 - MWSU Chamber Instrumentalists, Jeff Hinton, coordinator

Apr. 4 - Aung Moe Kyaw, piano