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Club Loco_Old First Reformed Church_Park Slope_Brooklyn Hans Bilger and Michael Daves in performance at the Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash benefit concert.


Chocolate Chip Chamber Music videos:

Femmes Four Flute Quartet, "Storytelling Through Music"

Andrew Rathbun Jazz Quartet, "Kind of Two"

Spoke the Hub Dancers, " How Does an Elephant Dance?"

Scenes from the Opera: "Baker Bobbie's Surprise"

Chocolate Chip Chamber Music at Old First Reformed ChurchBroccoli Rob! and Baker Bobbie of Chocolate Chip Chamber Music.
Photo courtesy of CCCM.

729 Carroll St
@ 7th Av
718 638 8300
Reformed Church | Park Slope, Brooklyn

Old First seeks to offer Hospitality to Community Groups and the Arts — this is carried out through our newly formed 4th Mission team.

Fourth Mission
Three members of the 1st St Quintet perform on a warm Sunday afternoon

The 4th Mission: Arts at Old First

Arts at Old First is a community arts project of the historic Old First Reformed Church that advances the church's mission to provide community outreach, predominately through hospitality to the arts. Based in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn, we believe that our historic sanctuary and building is a gift that should be shared with our broader New York City community, through hosting musical performances and other community events.

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Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash
Michael Daves performs with Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers at the Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash, a 4th Mission: Arts at Old First benefit concert for the restoration of Old First's ceiling. Also on had were Tony Trischka and Territory, Andy Statman Trio, Aoife O’Donovan, the Calamity Janes, Kristin Andreassen and Friends, the Bilger Family and emcee Peter Sarsgaard.

Daniel Meeter book launch
Arts at Old First hosted the launch event of Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter's book, "Why Be a Christian (If no One goes to Hell)?" Here Rev. Dr. Meeter is interviewed by Kate Kelly of CNBC.

Neighbors and Community Find Shelter and Space

Over the years, various community-wide groups have found space for meetings and gatherings at Old First.

Yom Kippur at Old First Reformed Church with Congregation Beth Elohim
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services of Congregation Beth Elohim were celebrated at Old First for three years while Garfield Temple was under repair.

Literary Events

Book events and performances have been held at Old First; the sanctuary capacity of 1,300 filled to overflowing. Several major book readings and other programs have been hosted with independent bookstores from our neighborhood and Fort Greene. See The 4th Mission on Facebook for upcoming events.

Art at Old First

A recent acrylic by Rosebud Ebenezer, 2012

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Photographs and art, post 9/11 exhibit in the narthex

Old First has hosted art events. See Arts at Old First on Facebook for upcoming shows which may be planned.

A Few Musicial Groups who Found a Home at Old First

Chocolate Chip Chamber MusicspOld First Reformed Church has been home to Chocolate Chip Chamber Music, which made its debut as a children’s music series in May 2006 with preformances through May 2012. Look for the program to pick up again in the near future, and check their website:

Concerts and Clubs
Old First has been home and host to several musical groups and performers. Brooklyn Symphony, Brooklyn Conservatory, Grace Choral Society, Brooklyn Community Chorus, Berkeley Carroll School, to name but a few, have held recitals and concerts in our space. Old FIrst Chamber SingersA chamber music and choral concert at Old First

Brooklyn Conservatory Community Chorus
The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, conducted by James David Jacobs, have appeared frequently at Old First. Two concerts pieces, performed in our sanctuary and with our grand piano, are found online:

"Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra" in C Minor, Op. 80
by Beethoven featuring Beth Levin on piano
Recording First Half
Recording Second Half

"The Unanswered Question" by Charles Ives
Introduction and Performance

Club Loco (2006-2009) in the Lower Hall
For three seasons, Old First hosted a coffee house and a large variety of talent and bands at Old First. The events were organized, promoted, and run by high school students from our community. One of the dozens of performances has been caught on tape:

       Ian Cory of Cool and Unusual Punishment, Drums;
       Eli Sidman and Jack Ferencz of The Floor is Lava!, lead guitars
       Raining Blood Cover – March 25, 2007

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Young performers at Club Loco

Sword Dancing at Old First
Videos on YouTube. Dancers have performed every spring in the Upper Hall for many years.

Please contact the church office if you or your group would like to rent space for a performance or recital. The sanctuary is currently under construction but the Lower Hall and Upper Hall may be booked.

Links to the websites of groups and friends who have used our church

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