St. Matthew Concert Series

We are pleased to announce the following line-up of upcoming concerts to be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  All will in some way involve the Austin pipe organ, one of the ten largest pipe organs in the world.  The instrument, which recently has undergone a major five-year renovation, has been played by many of the world’s finest organists and is notable in the history of organ building. Several recordings have been made on the organ and the instrument can be heard regularly in worship, as well as in concerts, tours for children, Christmas Concerts, bus tours and programs for retirement homes.

To guarantee seating, free tickets are required for all concerts excluding the puppet shows. Tickets are generally available a month prior to the individual concert and can be ordered with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, sent to the church office.

A Concert Series Booklet is available for print or download by clicking here.

The Joseph Martin concert and Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard workshop have been cancelled for January of 2021, due to Covid-19.  Watch the Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard/JW Pepper websites for information regarding a virtual workshop that will be held on January 16, 2021.

Upcoming Concert Schedule

ALL 2020 EVENTS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

2020

  • Benjamin Dominguez, Pianist and Sunnat Ibrahim, Cellist — Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Benjamin has received numerous awards and grand prizes at Young Artist competitions. Sunnat is one of the most prominent cellists to emerge from the Central Asian Republic.
  • Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault – “America’s Premier Organ Duo” — Sunday, April 19   4:00 pm
    Originally scheduled for 2021, the Chenaults are able to be with us this April. Specializing in and exclusively performing works written for four hands and four feet at one pipe organ console, these celebrated duo organists have made a significant contribution to the pipe organ repertoire.
  • Dr. Carol Williams, Organist, “America’s Sweetheart Organist” — Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Carol Williams gives a new experience to the Classical Organ Concert with a diversity, elegance and her very special charismatic humor.  Carol’s performances have taken her around the world playing all the major instruments.  She was also the San Diego “Civic” organist for 16 years, which drew thousands to these outdoor concerts. Carol has played with numerous orchestras and has also performed concerts with jazz, blues, pop and rock bands and has offered a number of performances for charitable organizations.

2021

  • R. Jelani Eddington, Theatre/Classical Organist — Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 4:00 pm
    Mr. Eddington will share a wide variety of music including accompanying a silent film. The audience will view the film as Jelani Eddington creates the accompaniment.

PAST CONCERTS

  • Annual Puppet Marathon with St. Matthew Mini-Ministers, Deb Smith, Director — Sunday, February 9, 2020 – 2:00-4:00 pm.  No tickets required
    A great family event in Fellowship Hall – come and go as your time allows.
  • Joseph Martin, Joel Raney and David Schwoebel, with the Wetminster Ringers, Larry Henning, Director, and a 100-Voice Choir — Friday, January 17, 2020 - 7:00 pm
    This concert is part of the two-day Hal Leonard “Music in the Valley” Choral Director’s Session. The public is invited to the concert but free tickets are required..A program of Christmas favorites and a carol sing.
  • Mini-Ministers’ Puppet Show with Deb Smith, Director  — Tuesday, December 31, 2019,  7:00-8:00 pm. No tickets required
    A fun, family oriented event in Fellowship Hall to ring in the New Year.
  • St. Matthew Christmas Concert, Scott Fredericks, Organist with Jeanie Mummert-Kent, Soloist (by purchased ticket) — Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 10:30 am - 12 pm
  • Simon Johnson, Organist, St. Paul’s Cathedral – London, England — Pamela Moore Closs Memorial Concert, Sponsored by Mary Moore — Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 4:00 pm
  • Monte Maxwell, Organist and Director of Chapel Music, United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD  — Sunday, April 7, 2019 – 4:00 pm
  • Annual Puppet Marathon with St. Matthew Mini-Ministers, Deb Smith, Director — Sunday, February 10, 2019 – 2:00-4:00 pm
    A great family event in Fellowship Hall – come and go as your time allows.
  • Joseph Martin, Pianist, with Heather Sorenson, Richard Nichols, Sue Martin and Steve Roddy and a choir of 100 singers — Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7:00 pm
    This concert is part of the two-day Shawnee Press “Music in the Valley” Choral Director’s Session. The public is invited to the concert but free tickets are required.
  • Mini-Ministers’ Puppet Show with Deb Smith, Director  — Monday, December 31, 2018 – 7:00-8:00 pm
    A fun, family oriented event in Fellowship Hall to ring in the New Year.
  • Richard Elliott, Organist, Mormon Tabernacle — Sunday, October 23, 3 pm. Free tickets required. Tickets are no longer available.
  • Peter Richard Conte, Organist, Macy's (originally Wanamaker's), Philadelphia — Sunday, November 20, 4:00 pm. Free tickets required. No longer available.
    Mr. Conte is the organist at Macy’s (old Wanamaker’s) – Philadelphia and Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, Pa.
  • Joseph Martin & Friends — Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30 pm.
    Program, with Sue Martin, Heather Sorenson, Brad Nix, Steve Roddy and a workshop choir, includes piano, vocal and choral music as part of the 2-day Shawnee Press “Music in the Valley” Choral Director’s Session.
  • Annual Puppet Marathon with St. Matthew Mini-Ministers Puppets, Deb Smith, Director.  — Sunday, February 12, 2017,  2-4 pm. No tickets required
    A great family event in Fellowship Hall  – come and go as time allows.
  • Monte Maxwell, Organist and Director of Chapel Music, United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD  — Sunday, April 23, 4:00 pm. No tickets available.
  • Jeanie Mummert Kent Vocal Concert — Sunday, May 7, 4:00 pm. Accompanists Julie Bruckhart and Renee Heiser. Duet with Tim Kent, who will accompany on guitar.  Doors open at 3:30 pm. No tickets are needed. Free-will offering.
  • The King’s Brass and Tim Zimmerman with Karen Buckwalter, Organist — Sunday, June 4, 2017, 4:00 pm
    Nine member professional brass ensemble from Fort Wayne, Indiana, with Karen Buckwalter, organist, composer, accompanist, handbell clinician, from Sebring, Florida.
  • Christopher Houlihan, Organist — Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4:00 pm
    Recital will showcase the grandeur and versatility of St. Matthew Lutheran's organ in a diverse program of music by Bach, Vierne, and more.
  • Christmas at St. Matthew, Scott G. Fredericks, Organist, with Jeanie Mummert Kent, Soloist and Charmian Noel, Violin — Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Joseph Martin, Mary McDonald and Lee Denger , “Faith and Freedom Concert” — Friday, January 12 - 7:00 p.m. Free tickets are required for this event.
    This concert of patriotic and Americana music is part of the 2 – day Shawnee Press “Music in the Valley” Choral Director’s Session.
  • Annual Puppet Marathon with St. Matthew Mini-Ministers, Deb Smith, Director — Sunday, February 11 - 2 - 4 p.m. No tickets were required for this event.
  • Adam Brakel, Organist, Tampa, Florida — Sunday, April 8 - 4:00 p.m.  Click on his name for more information.
  • Ken Cowan & Bradley Welch, Duo-Organists, Houston, Texas and Dallas, Texas — Sunday, October 21, 4:00 p.m