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2018-2019 CONCERT SEASON



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Our 34th year! Seven concerts featuring Dwayne Milburn, our new artistic director and conductor, our wonderful Chamber Orchestra and outstanding guest artists.

All single tickets are $35 each. Subscription prices are significantly discounted. After online payment is complete, tickets are held at Will Call. You may also download a PDF order form to pay by check.

All concerts are Friday at 8:00 pm (except June)


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Petronel Malan, piano

October 12 at 8pm
Beethoven Extravaganza
Petronel Malan, piano
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

  • BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture
  • BEETHOVEN: Emperor Piano Concerto
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4

Three-time Grammy-nominated South African pianist Petronel Malan is an internationally recognized artist and recently enjoyed an unprecedented run of 30 weeks on Classic-FM’s Top-10 list with her recording of Bach transcriptions.

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Fourth Symphony were premiered together in 1807 and reveal two very different sides of Beethoven’s character. The overture, like the mighty Fifth Symphony, is cast in C minor — a key so often associated with fate and the heroic in Beethoven’s music.

The Fourth Symphony is not the anti­thesis of the iconic Fifth (Schumann called it a “slender Grecian maiden between two Nordic Giants”) but a companion to it. While at times highly dramatic, the Fourth is full of wit, charm and grace.

The Emperor was composed in 1811 and represents a synthesis of styles. Bold and heroic, lyrical and tuneful, Beethoven’s final piano concerto stretches the limits of the instrument and the skill of the player with cascades of sound and dazzling virtuosity. An opening concert you won’t want to miss.

October 12
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Annelle Gregory, violin

November 9 at 8pm
'Great War' Hundredth Anniversary Commemoration
Annelle Gregory, violin
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

  • RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • COPLAND: Letter from Home
  • KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto

We welcome back Annelle Kazumi Gregory who “blew the roof off the joint” last season with her performance in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Maurice Ravel, himself a soldier in the French Army during World War I, composed Le Tombeau de Couperin for piano in 1917, and completed the orchestration in 1919. The work is a memorial to friends of Ravel who died fighting in the war and consists of a series of neo-baroque dances that evoke the delicate harpsichord works of François Couperin.

Copland’s Letter from Home was written in 1944 as a patriotic work for Paul Whiteman and his Radio Hall of Fame Orchestra. It is a sentimental and nostalgic tone-poem that depicts a soldier on the battlefront, reading a letter from a loved one back home.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold left war-torn Europe in 1934 and, with Max Steiner and Alfred Newman, established the language of the Hollywood film. The Violin Concerto, composed here in America, is his most beloved concert work, with soaring melodies reminiscent of his greatest film scores such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk.

November 9
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Annual Holiday Concert

December 7 at 8pm
Annual Holiday Concert – Baroque Spectacular
The Choir and Soloists of St. Matthew’s Parish
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

  • VIVALDI: Magnificat in G Minor
  • BACH: Christmas Oratorio (Excerpts)
  • HANDEL: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 2
  • HANDEL: “Hallelujah” Chorus – Audience Sing-Along

This year’s Holiday Concert brings together the three greatest composers of the baroque era: Antonio Vivaldi, George Frederick Handel, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Vivaldi’s Magnificat, composed for the orphaned girls at Venice’s Ospedalle della Pietá, is full of Italian grace and sparkle, a trait picked up by George Frederick Handel during his long Italian stay during the 1700s and applied to all of his concertos for orchestra.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is a compilation of six cantatas for performance on the days leading up to and after Christmas. We will sample some of its greatest hits and we conclude with the traditional audience sing-along of Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus.

December 7
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Cantus Vocal Ensemble

February 1 at 8pm
Alone Together | Cantus Vocal Ensemble

The outstanding male a cappella ensemble Cantus brings an introspective narrative on our struggles to connect with one another in an increasingly digital world.

The first installment of the Music Guild’s new Choral Arts Initiative, the program includes music of Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein and David Lang, along with newer works by Jennifer Higdon and Libby Larson.

“Cantus’s…tightly blended voices, meticulously balanced…came through with a clarity that I’ve never experienced…” — David Patrick Stearns, Philadeliphia Inquirer.

“Singers of superlative quality, all switching easily from idiom to idiom. These boys can rock, swing, groove, and boogie, as well as do their standard shift of classical and contemporary music. They can, in short, do pretty much anything…” — Terry Blain, Minnesota Public Radio

February 1
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Antonio Lysy, Cello

March 1 at 8pm
Spotlight On Strings
Antonio Lysy, Cello
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

  • HOLST: St. Paul Suite
  • BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
  • SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata

Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature, has performed as soloist in major concert halls worldwide.

He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle and Israel Sinfonietta. Lysy will perform the lyrical and moving Arpeggione sonata of Franz Schubert in an arrangement for solo cello and strings. Benjamin Britten’s touching tribute to his teacher, Frank Bridge, and music by Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, round out the program.

March 1
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Pianist Robert Thies

April 5 at 8pm
Pianist Robert Thies In Recital

  • SCHUMANN: Fantasy In C, Op. 17
  • CHOPIN: Ballade No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 52
  • DEBUSSY: Images, Book 1 and Selected Preludes
  • RACHMANINOFF: Selected Etude

A pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power,” (Los Angeles Times), Robert Thies is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament.

He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second ­International Prokofiev Competition in St. ­Petersburg, Russia. Praised for his “thoughtful and intensely moving interpretations,” Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He brings a varied program of Romantic and 20th-century masterpieces including Chopin’s soulful Ballade in F minor and dazzling works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

April 5
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Ludwig Beethoven


Charles Ives

June 7 at 8pm
Beethoven and The “Unanswered Question”
The Choir of St. Matthew’s Parish
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s
Soloists to be announced

  • BEETHOVEN: Mass in C Major
  • IVES: Unanswered Question
  • DIANA WOOLNER: Commissioned Work, World Premiere

Composed on commission by Haydn’s patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, in 1807, the Mass in C major made its premiere in a famous December 1808 concert that also featured the Fifth and Sixth symphonies and Fourth Piano Concerto.

The musical language is of Beethoven’s “Heroic” period – although the critic and writer E.T.A. Hoffman commented on the “expression of a childlike serenity” in several of its movements.

The visionary American composer Charles Ives composed his Unanswered Question in the early 1930s. According to Ives, against a background of slow, quiet strings representing “The Silence of the Druids,” a solo trumpet poses “The Perennial Question of Existence,” to which a woodwind quartet of “Fighting Answerers” tries vainly to provide an answer. The three groups engage in their dialog from the front, back and sides of the performance space, creating a true quadrophonic experience.

The program will also include the world premiere of a new Music Guild commissioned work.

June 7
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