Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Old First Concerts
1751 Sacramento St.
San Francisco CA 94109  

Old First Concerts, established in 1970 as a year-round concert series, continues to present an astonishing array of programs performed by outstanding musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Old First Concerts has a distinctive niche within the local musical community with a solid history of creating and programming an incubator space for emerging and established musicians and ensembles of all genres. The musical content (our curatorial mission) is artist-driven on every level, with no restrictions placed on the musicians' artistic vision.

The concert season is developed by Director Kathy Barr Kathy Barrin conjunction with Program Associate Rick Bahto and an Artist Advisory Board of musicians from throughout the region, representing a variety of disciplines. Musicians and ensembles propose an evening-length program, which is considered and evaluated. The result of this approach is a series that features diverse and often unconventional repertoire that ranges from classical recital and chamber performances to blues, folk, avant-garde, and jazz, as well as multicultural and world music. The series presents numerous World, US and regional premieres each year, often by emerging or mid-career Bay Area composers. Please visit our Performance Archives to explore past performances.

Artists perform in an acoustically and aesthetically appealing setting, seating approximately 450 people, with a backdrop of vividly-colored stained glass windows, and an entranceway featuring an elaborately hand painted ceiling. The venue is an ideal median between the larger local performance and recital halls, and the smaller community centers and clubs. Pianists have developed a deep fondness for performing on Old First Concerts' excellent New York Steinway (circa 1980).

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, March 21 2020 7:00 PM
Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival
featuring Del Sol String Quartet, Giocomo Fiore, Stephen Kent, Marguerite Brown, Cornelius Cardew Choir, and the PPMF Festival Orchestra directed by John Kennedy

Ben Johnston Symphony in A World Premiere
Jung Yoon Wie new work World Premiere
and much more!

Del Sol String Quartet hosts the second annual Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival at Old First Concerts. This annual festival is devoted to music that uses mathematically “pure ratios” – finding harmony and resonance in alternate tuning systems. With performances by an all-star lineup of Bay Area performers from experimental to traditional styles, this year’s four-hour celebration will also feature several world premieres. The Del Sol Quartet will perform a newly commissioned piece from composer Jung Yoon Wie, as part of the PPMF just intonation commissioning fund. Honoring the memory of Ben Johnston, Del Sol will be joined by local forces for the world premiere of Ben Johnston’s Symphony in A.  More...