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2017-2018 CONCERT SEASON



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Our 33rd year! Seven exciting concerts featuring 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)


COMING UP NEXT


Inna Faliks, piano

October 13 at 8pm
From Indoor Elegance to Outdoor Flamboyance
Inna Faliks, piano

  • KODALY: Dances of Galanta
  • MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor
  • SAINT-SAENS Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55

Known as “the French Mendelssohn,” Saint-Saens was a child prodigy renowned for his elegant and energetic writing.

His 2nd Symphony foreshadows the great “Organ” Symphony from a few years later and is full of life, requiring a virtuosic orchestra. Zoltan Kodaly’s Galanta Dances is full of lively and tuneful Hungarian melodies, brilliantly orchestrated. A true showpiece for orchestra.

Inna Falik, head of the UCLA Piano Department, will perform Mozart’s great Piano Concerto in D minor. Its dark colors and brooding harmonies will be remembered from the film Amadeus.


Annelle Kazumi Gregory is 1st Prize & Audience Choice award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition, winner of the 2016 Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions, and a Laureate of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition.

November 10 at 8pm
Songs and Kaleidoscopes
Annelle Gregory, violin

  • ROZSA Kaleidoscope, Op. 19a
  • SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6 in C major, D. 589
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Miklos Rozsa came to Hollywood in 1939 and scored Ben-Hur, King of Kings, The Thief of Baghdad, Spellbound, and El Cid. His Kaledioscope began as a set of piano pieces portraying life’s fleeting moments from the perspective of a child.

Few pieces have a less suitable nickname than Franz Schubert’s “Little” C major Symphony. It is anything but little. The stormy beginning suggests an Italian opera overture, with the instruments of the orchestra always singing but ready to interject moments of humor. The young violin prodigy Annelle Gregory plays Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto. Although the 19th century music critic Eduard Hanslick notoriously wrote after the premiere, “the violin was not played but beaten black and blue,” it quickly became one of the favorites of soloists and audiences everywhere.


Haesung Park, organ

December 8 at 8pm
Annual Holiday Concert
Haesung Park, organ

  • CORELLI “Christmas” Concerto in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8
  • BACH Organ Concerto in D minor
  • ANDEL Messiah, Part I

Usher in the holiday season with an evening of Baroque favorites. ­Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto was most likely performed by Corelli himself in 1690 and remains one of the composer’s most beloved works.

St. Matthew’s Parish Organist, Haesung Park will perform the great Organ Concerto in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the second half of the program, the Chamber Orchestra is joined by the Choir and Soloists of St. Matthew’s Parish for a performance of Handel’s immortal Messiah (Part I) with our traditional audience sing-along of the “Hallelujah” Chorus.


Chatham Baroque

January 19 at 8pm
Awake Sweet Love: Songs and Sonatas of Olde England
Chatham Baroque

Chatham Baroque returns to St. Matthew’s with a program of music from seventeenth-century England, with lute songs by John Dowland and theater music by Henry Purcell, all ranging from the tender to the bawdy.

Featuring the incomparable French-Canadian soprano, Pascale Beaudin, Chatham Baroque – with Andrew Fouts, violin, ­Patricia ­Halverson, viola da gamba, and Scott Pauley, theorbo and lute – also serves up a variety of superb English instrumental music, including the exquisite Royal Consorts of Henry Lawes, with a sumptuous instrumental ensemble of two violins, two viols, and two theorbos.

Underwritten by the Edwin W. Pauley Foundation.


Jo-Michael Scheibe

March 2 at 8pm
Soundscapes
USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir
Jo-Michael Scheibe and Christian Graces, conductors

Back by popular demand, the USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will bring a varied program featuring classics of the choral repertoire as well as new, innovative works.

The program will include Armistice 1918 by Craig Carnahan and a tribute to the great choral tradition of Poland on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.

Recipients of the 2015 American Prize in Choral Music, the Chamber Singers have performed for the American Choral Directors Association conferences and the World Symposium of Choral Music in Seoul, Korea.

The Concert Choir has appeared at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s annual conference.


Yi-Huan Zhao

April 20 at 8pm
The Seasons of the World
Yi-Huan Zhao and Kevin Kumar, violin

  • O’CONNOR The American Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • PIAZZOLLA Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Summer and Winter
  • KILAR Orawa
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

Come join the Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s for a journey through the four seasons.

Two “seasons” are from bluegrass violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s The American Seasons and two are from the king of tango, Astor Pizzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Also on the program – the world premiere of a commissioned work by Nathan Wang, one of the hottest composers in Hollywood and Asian cinema, plus music of Kilar and Tchaikovsky.

Concertmaster Yi-Huan Zhao and violinist Kevin Kumar will be featured in the O’Connor and Piazzolla works.


Kevin Kumar


Mezzo Soprano Lauren Eberwein

June 8 at 8pm
Opera Night
Mezzo Soprano Lauren Eberwein
The Choir and Soloists of St. Matthew’s Parish
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

Mezzo soprano Lauren Eberwein, known for her “soulful, dusky mezzo and engrossing depth of tone” (Philadelphia Enquirer) is our featured artist in a program of some of the most beloved arias, ensembles and choruses from the operatic stage.

Fresh off her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Israel in Egypt and sensational reviews with Opera Philadelphia, Ms. Eberwein will be featured on a program to include music from The Barber of Seville (Rossini), La Traviata and Aida (Verdi), Carmen (Bizet), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Faust (Gounod), Tosca and La Bohème (Puccini), and West Side Story (Bernstein).

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