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Our 37th Season! 2021-2022



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A thank you concert, plus seven regular concerts featuring Music  Director and Conductor Dwayne Milburn, 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. "Liner Notes with Tom Neenan" precedes each concert starting in November.

We want you and our musicians to feel safe and secure so that you can fully enjoy our concerts. To that end, everyone attending our live concerts will need to show proof of full vaccination at least two weeks prior to the concert and will be required to wear a mask. We will continue to follow the advice of medical authorities and update this policy when it is safe to do so.


COMING UP NEXT


Antonio Lysy

October 8, 2021 at 8pm
Season Opener
Antonio Lysy, cello
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

Our season officially opens with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, which timelessly celebrates life, heroism and self-sacrifice. Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature, will join the orchestra on Dvorak’s heartwarming Silent Woods, and Ginastera’s exciting Pampeano No. 2. The program continues with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Upstaged in its premiere by the Wellington Battle Symphony, audiences long since embraced the genius of this work.

October 8
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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor


November 12, 2021 at 8pm
Spotlight on Strings
Jon Lee Keenan, tenor
Teag Reeves, horns
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

Referred to by the New York press as the “African Mahler,” Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London and was mentored by Sir Edward Elgar and Charles Villiers Stanford. He composed his beautiful Four Novelletten in 1903 and was, in turn, celebrated at the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904.

Like Copland during his Americana phase, Heitor Villa Lobos wove the folk and popular idioms of his native Brazil into a style that defined his country’s music for international audiences. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 is the last of a set of pieces that employed his unique, energetic voice to honor J.S. Bach. Tenor Jon Lee Keenan and hornist Teag Reeves join the strings for Benjamin Britten’s
Serenade, combining six poems by English poets on the subject of night.

 

November 12
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Annual Holiday Concert


December 3, 2021
Annual Holiday Concert – A Baroque Christmas

The Choir and Soloists of St. Matthew’s Parish
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

Keeping with our traditional spirit of Baroque Christmas, we bring the music of French organist and composer Michel Corrette to this year’s concert. Correte, taking inspiration from Handel, composed six delightful Symphonie des noël based on well-known carols of the time. GF Handel’s Concerto a due cori no. 1 is one of three concerti composed as “interval” music that borrowed themes from other works. Concerto a due cori no. 1 draws on a much-loved chorus from Messiah to pique the interest of the listener. The Choir and Soloists of St. Matthew’s joins the Chamber Orchestra to present one of JS Bach’s engaging choral works, Magnificat in D major , and we close with our traditional Hallelujah Chorus sing-along.   

December 3
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VOCES8

 

February 25, 2022 at 8pm
VOCES8

The hottest vocal ensemble on the planet, Voces8, returns to the St. Matthew’s Music Guild following their sold-out 2019 concert with a program ranging from the Elizabethan Renaissance to contemporary jazz-inflected works. Known for innovative programing and a pristine choral sound, Voces8 will be performing across the UK and Europe, the USA, and Japan in 2021-2022. Priority seating for Music Guild subscribers.

 

February 25
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Petronel Malan

March 25, 2022 at 8pm
Petronel Malan Piano Recital

South-African born pianist, Petronel Malan, returns to the Music Guild for a solo recital featuring recently discovered works by the great African-American composer Florence Price plus masterworks by Mozart and Rachmaninoff.  "Formidable…dizzying…magical” – these words from New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith vividly illustrate pianist Petronel Malan’s uniquely captivating style. As a multiple Grammy nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions, Petronel continues to enthrall audiences worldwide. 

March 25
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Ethan Helm

April 29, 2022 at 8pm
Dreams and Silence
Ethan Helm and Owen Broder, saxophones
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

A Music Guild favorite, Annelle Kazumi Gregory returns to perform the lyrical Violin Concerto by Antonin Dvorak. New York composer and saxophonist Ethan Helm composed Dream Walk Through Istanbul in 2018 on commission from the St. Matthew’s Music Guild. Out of the Silence is an understated masterpiece by William Grant Still, a pioneering composer who lived in Los Angeles and, with a 1936 Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at the Hollywood Bowl, became the first African American to conduct a major orchestra in his own works.

April 29
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Anthony Constantino

June 3, 2022 at 8pm
Season Finale
The Choir and Soloists of St. Matthew's Parish
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

Our program begins with composer Anthony Constantino’s reflective Awakenings, a 2019 Music Guild commission. Following Dumbarton Oaks, Igor Stravinsky’s vivacious tribute to Bach, the Choir and Soloists of St. Matthew’s Parish join the orchestra to perform Mozart’s majestic “Credo Mass” in C Major.


June 3
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PAST EVENTS


Boris Allakhverdyan

September 17, 2021 at 8pm
Thank You Concert
Boris Allakhverdyan, clarinet
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

We welcome you back to St. Matthew’s with the music of three of the 20th Century’s greatest composers. Béla Bartók’s interest in preserving and elevating the folk music of the Balkan States lead to his delightful Romanian Folk Dances. British composer Benjamin Britten returned elevated music he wrote between the ages of nine and twelve to create the light-hearted Simple Symphony. Finally, Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joins the Chamber Orchestra to perform Aaron Copland’s jazz-infused Clarinet Concerto.

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