By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
After a hiatus last season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, St. Matthew’s Music Guild is slated to resume live concerts on September 17 with featured artist Boris Allekhverdyan of Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The bonus “thank you” concert will kick off what will be the Music Guild’s 37th season of “World Class Music Close to Home.”
The concert was added in order to thank Music Guild’s more than 250 subscribers “for their support and generosity” through the pandemic. The concert will be free to attend to anyone renewing their Music Guild subscription or buying a new subscription by September 17.
The program will feature LA Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Allekhverdyan in Aaron Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto,” commissioned and premiered by Benny Goodman and described by the guild as “energetic and jazzy.” Also on the program is a performance of Béla Bartók’s “Rumanian Dances” and “Simple Symphony” by Benjamin Britten by the orchestra.
Following the September concert, “the eight-concert series will feature the critically acclaimed Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s—a fully professional 35-member ensemble in residence at St. Matthew’s Church in Pacific Palisades since 1985, plus world-class soloists and ensembles,” according to a statement from the guild ahead of the start of the series.
Music Director and Conductor Dwayne S. Milburn explained that the series “follows the Music Guild’s highly successful tradition of blending old and new, familiar and unfamiliar while featuring some of the best local, national and international artists in concerts in the architecturally inspiring Charles Moore building on Bienveneda Avenue.”
The Music Guild shared plans to follow “strict guidelines in order to protect the safety of those attending the concerts.”
“We want our audience and our musicians to feel safe and secure so that everyone can fully enjoy our concerts,” according to the guild. “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 while indoors.”
Future concerts in the series will feature cellist Antonio Lysy, choral ensemble Voces8, pianist Patronel Malan, violinist Annelle Gregory and orchestral programs. The Chamber Orchestra is also set to premier three newly commissioned works, written to celebrate the return of live performances.
Tickets to the September 17 show, which begins at 8 p.m., will be $35 for non-subscribers. All concerts are to take place at St. Matthew’s Church, located at 1031 Bienveneda Ave.
Tickets, as well as season subscriptions, are available for purchase at musicguildonline.org or by calling 310-573-7422.
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