First Fridays

First Fridays is a free concert series offered on the first Friday of every month at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. Concerts begin at 5 p.m., and last approximately one hour, with light refreshments served post-concert.

About First Fridays

*Please note: due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all upcoming concerts are subject to change. Concerts may be postponed, rescheduled, or offered only virtually via live stream.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!*

On the first Friday of every month, the community is invited to attend First Fridays, a free concert series open to Grace members and the public. This concert series spotlights various Milwaukee groups and performers, and past performances have included APERI ANIMAM, Chant Claire, Natalie Ford, Riso Quartet, and Camerata Milwaukee.

Concerts begin at 5 p.m., and last approximately an hour, with light refreshments being served afterwards (refreshments have been postponed for the time being).
Concerts are free, however donations are accepted. Proceeds go to supporting the artists and concert series.

Want to Support the Series?
If you would like to support the concert series, you can make a donation at any time.

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All donations given go on to support the artists and the First Fridays concert series.

Want to learn more?
If you would like information on next month's concert, scroll below to see the remainder of this year's line up.
Otherwise, contact Catherine Daly at cdaly@gracedowntown.org.

Aaron Zauner, Cello
Fri., Nov. 5, 2021

Featuring cellist Aaron Zauner and pianist Maggie Rebers, the concert comprises works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Bernstein.

Time: Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Chant Claire
Fri., Dec. 3, 2021

Chant Claire returns to First Fridays on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021! Chant Claire, a local choral group based in Milwaukee, will perform a variety of classical and beloved works.
Chant Claire is conducted under the guidance of Artistic Director Ben Bedroske.
The concert will start at 5 p.m., and last approximately one hour. Concert is free and open to the public; donations are gratefully accepted and go towards supporting the artists and concert series.

Time: Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Colla Voce
Fri., Jan. 7, 2022

First Fridays presents a special concert, featuring the Colla Voce Concert Series!

"The Songs of Henri Duparc"
Saira Frank, soprano
Kristin DiNinno, mezzo-soprano
Cameron Smith, tenor
Tim Rebers, tenor
Maggie Rebers, piano

Date: Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

New MKE Consort
Fri., Feb. 4, 2022

First Fridays presents The New Milwaukee Consort!

Kristin Knutson, soprano
Charlie Rasmussen, cello
Tim Sterner Miller, lute

Date: Friday, Feb. 4, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Brian Riggs, Guitar
Fri., Mar.4, 2022

First Fridays presents
Brian Riggs, Guitarist!
Details to follow.

Date: Friday, Mar. 4, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

TBD Ensemble
Fri., Apr. 1, 2022

First Fridays presents an ensemble led by Tim Rebers. Details to follow!

Date: Saturday, Apr. 1, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Matt Lawrenz
Fri., May 6, 2022

First Fridays presents Matt Lawrenz, Organist! Details to follow.

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Brusubardis Family
Fri., June 3, 2022

First Fridays presents
The Brusubardis Family, String Ensemble! Details to follow.

Date: Friday, June 3, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

NO CONCERT
Fri., July 1, 2022

Please note there is NO CONCERT on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Four-Hand Piano
Fri., Aug. 5, 2022

First Fridays presents
Joseph Hauer and Maggie Rebers, Four-Hand Piano! Details to follow.

Date: Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Karen Beaumont
Fri., Sept. 2, 2022

First Fridays presents
Karen Beaumont, Organ & René Izquierdo, Guitar in a concert featuring Spanish music! Details to follow.

Date: Friday, Sept. 2, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Stas Venglevski
Fri., Oct. 7, 2022

First Fridays presents
Stas Venglevski, Bayan & Misha Litvin, Mandolin! Details to follow.

Date: Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Zitoun Cellists
Fri., Nov. 4, 2022

First Fridays presents
The Zitoun Family Cellists!
Details to follow.

Date: Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

TBD
Fri., Dec. 2, 2022

Performer details to be shared at a later date!

Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

TBD
Fri., Jan. 6, 2023

Performer details to be shared at a later date!

Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

TBD
Fri., Feb. 3, 2023

Performer details to be shared at a later date!

Date: Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Grace Lutheran Church
1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee