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Masters in the Chapel Concerts


Now in its 12th season, Masters in the Chapel is a 4-concert, world-class music series performed in the beauty and acoustic excellence of the chapel at First Lutheran Church of Venice. Every concert is offered free of charge thanks to the generous donations of our supporters. We are thrilled to announce that this season is fully funded thanks to the support of First Lutheran Church of Venice and a generous grant from The Lack Family Fund.



Saturday, March 17, 7-8pm
Blake McLeod, vocals/guitar; Michael Brenner, guitar; Dane Sandborg, Bass; Micah Sohl, drums; Cory Yamashiro, keyboards.
Foxtrails, an alternative indie world psychedelic orchestrations and grooves band, will be performing their soon-to-be-released debut album. Rhythmic, beautiful, transporting are words that attempt to describe this remarkable bands' music.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, this concert is yours to enjoy
free of charge.



The HEAR NOW Music Festival recognizes and features new music by contemporary Los Angeles composers. The dates for HEAR NOW 2018 concerts at First Lutheran Church are as follows:

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Click here for more information: HEAR NOW Music Festival




Masters in the Chapel History

In 1944, our founding members built First Lutheran with their own hands. They were inspired to create a place of lasting beauty that would fill the souls of all who enter with peace and comfort. When a fire destroyed the sanctuary on September 11, 1998, the congregation rallied to rebuild. The renovation was completed with the installation of a state-of-the-art pipe organ designed and voiced by Manuel Rosales - the same man chosen by Disney Hall. It is an absolutely magnificent instrument and our gift to future generations. As such, the potential for a venue for world-class concerts for the west side community was recognized by Barbara Schwan. Under her direction and following her dream, the Masters in the Chapel Concert Series was born. Since 2001 some of the best musicians in Los Angeles have performed concerts of glorious music in the serenity and acoustic splendor of our sanctuary. 

Link to previous concert seasons:

An overview of previous Masters in the Chapel seasons:

• Panic Duo and Judith Farmer, Bassoon; Nick Gerpe, Piano; Pasha Tseitlin, Violin
   Sunday, January 29
• Danielle Belen & Friends ; Jennie Jung, piano; Kevin Miura, violin
   Saturday, February 25
• East Meets West; Weicheng Zhao, organ; Fang Gao, violin
   Saturday, March 25

• The Duo Jochen Brusch, Violin – Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, Organ

   Saturday, April 9, 7pm

• The Colburn Children's Choir, Young Men's Chorus and Chamber Singers
   Sunday, December 8, 4pm
• Violinist Danielle Belen
   Sunday, January 19, 4pm
• The Duo Jochen Brusch, Violin - Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, Organ
   Saturday, March 1, 7:30pm
• The Jolivet Trio
   Sunday, April 13, 4pm

• Chancel Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church
   Sunday, December 9, at 4pm
• Christoph Bull on the King of Instruments
   Saturday, February 2, 2013, 7:30pm
• The Troy Trio: Piano, Oboe and Bassoon; Pauline Yang, Piano; Jennifer Johnson, Oboe; Judith Farmer, Bassoon
   Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:30pm
• Hear Now Festival
   April 13-14, 2013

• David Brock organist
   Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm
• Violinist Danielle Belen, cellist Abe Feder
   Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm
• Los Angeles Philharmonic brass quintet: James Wilt, trumpet; Christopher Still, trumpet; Eric Overholt, horn; James Miller, trombone; and Norman Pearson, tuba.
   Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:30pm

• Chancel Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church
   Saturday December 18, 2010 7pm.
• D’Amore Duo Guitarist William Feasley and oboist Yeon-jee Sohn
   Friday, January 21, 7pm
• Christopher Bull, organist
   Saturday February 26, 2011, 7pm
• Los Angeles Musicians Jonathan Karoly, cello and Catherine Ransom Karoly, flutist
   Sunday April 10, 2011, 4pm
• Hear Now Festival
   June 2011

• A Trio from the Los Angeles Philharmonic
   Friday, December 4, 7:00pm
• House of Games Quartet,
   Saturday, January 30, 7:00pm
• Lenti on the Pipe Organ,
   Saturday, March 20, 7:00pm
• Denali Quartet and Hugh Levick,
   Friday, April 30, 7:00pm

• Colburn Children’s Choir

   Saturday, December 6, 7:00pm

• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Flute Quartet, Principal flute, David Shostac
   Saturday, February 14, 7:00pm

• Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin and Concertmaster Martin Chalifour
   Thursday, March 26, 7:00pm

• Los Angeles Master Chorale singers
   Saturday, May 16, 7:00pm

• The Chancel Choir of St. Paul    
   Sunday, December 11, 4pm
• Pianists Kathy Sawada, Steve Cook and Derrison Duarte    
   Sunday, February 26, 4pm
• Dennis Gano, organist
   Sunday, March 26, 4pm
• L.A. Philharmonic violinist Suli Xue, cellist Pinfei Tang and pianist QueiLih Chen    
   Saturday, April 29, 7pm

• Christoph Bull, organist   
   Sunday, November 7, 2004, 4:00pm
• Colburn Children's Choir  
   Sunday, December 12, 2004, 4:00pm
• Pacific Harmony String Quartet  
   Saturday, February 5, 2005, 7:00pm
• Scott Hiltzik and House of Games  
   Sunday, April 10, 2005, 4:00pm

• Colburn Children's Choir

   Sunday December 8, 2002, 4:00pm
• Pacific Harmony String Quartet

   Sunday, February 9, 2003, 4:00pm
• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
   Sunday March 30, 2003, 4:00pm
• Los Angeles Master Chorale

   Sunday, May 4, 2003, 4:00pm

• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - Flute Quartet
   Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, 4:00pm
• Kathy Sawada - Pianist
   Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, 4:00pm
• Colburn Children's Choir, Mark Williams, Choir Director
   Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, 4:00pm
• Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra - Gregory Maldonado, Founder and Music Director
   Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, 4:00pm
• Concordia University Christus Chorus - from St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. David L. Mennicke, conductor
   Tuesday, March 26, 2002, 7:30pm
• Los Angeles Master Chorale - Grant Gershon, Music Director
   Sunday, May 12, 4:00pm, 2002