New Musical Medley Headlines Annual Carol Concert at Pasadena's First United Methodist

Published : Monday, December 2, 2019 | 12:57 PM

Pasadena’s First United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas Joy Concert on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. A part of the monthly Third@First Concert Series, the concert takes place in the church Sanctuary and admission is free.

The church’s choirs will be joined by the Modern Brass Quintet and handbell choirs in a wide selection of seasonal music. A new medley based on traditional carols called “Wassailing,” by Aaron Shows, will receive its world premiere. [Note: Profiles of Aaron Shows and the Modern Brass Quintet below.]

First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd., in the Playhouse District of Pasadena. Off-street parking is available behind the church and may be accessed from Green Street (a one-way street that runs east; access from Los Robles Avenue).

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Profile of Aaron Shows, composer of “Wassailing”

Aaron Shows (b.1989) is a Los Angeles-based composer, organist, and pianist originally from Montgomery, Alabama. With a musical background spanning 25 years, his influences draw from music spanning the Baroque era through contemporary styles such as jazz, folk/bluegrass, rock, and especially venturing into the evolving forms of film and television music. His original compositions are often performed and well-received across the United States and Europe, and he continues to compose for mediums including film/TV, concert music,and sacred settings. Recently, his solo organ works are published by Augsburg Fortress Publishers, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As an organist, his performances often bridge the traditional and modern, and since 2016, he has served as organist at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. He is also an active accompanist for middle and high school choral programs, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Glendale Community College, both as an accompanist and as an organ instructor. Additionally, his organ playing will soon be heard in select Hollywood films, to be released in theaters during the fall of 2019.

He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Church Music from Shenandoah University (Winchester, Virginia) and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, North Carolina). For more information, Follow Aaron on Facebook (@showsmusic) and Instagram (@aaronshowsmusic). To hear recordings of his music, visit

The Modern Brass Quintet

As advocates for the performance and expansion of the canon of brass quintet literature, the Modern Brass Quintet has given world premieres, as well as US and West Coast premieres, of many new compositions, and has championed some of the lesser-known gems within the repertoire. The group is also dedicated to the continuing establishment of the brass quintet as a serious and respected form of chamber music, and actively seeks compelling composers to collaborate with in the expansion of the repertoire. With an ear for variety and a respect for history and lineage, the group performs music from all eras, and draws the line from old to new with grace, elegance and dedication.






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