This summer’s Sunday Concerts series at First Church will bring pianist Anastasia Antonacos back to town Sunday, July 29 for a 3 p.m. performance in the sanctuary of First Church UCC, 104 Church St. Sunday Concerts are free, with an opportunity to donate to the series.

The concert program, performed without intermission, includes works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Messiaen. Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. The prize-winning musician has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She also has played in Greece, Russia, France and Belgium, as well as various places in the United States including Washington, D.C., where she testified for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Antonacos has been a chamber music coach at Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation program for many years, and she regularly serves as a master class teacher and adjudicator. She holds a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and she was a member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for two years. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of Portland by the Phoenix.

Upcoming in the series are pianist Barbara Kemp and flutist Karen Hawthorne on Aug. 19; pianist Jared Fischer on Sept. 23; and Advent Vespers with the First Church Choir on Dec. 2. In addition, First Church is looking for sponsors for the Portland String Quartet concert scheduled for Oct. 14; for more information, call coordinator Ron Dow at 323-0186.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or