St. Matthew Concert Series

organ-vertical_7428x-stainglass-vertical-low-resWe 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.

Upcoming Concert Schedule

  • 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.

2019

  • Joseph Martin, Pianist, with Heather Sorenson, Richard Nichols, Sue Martin and Steve Roddy and a choir of 100 singers — Friday, January 18 - 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.
  • Annual Puppet Marathon with St. Matthew Mini-Ministers, Deb Smith, Director — Sunday, February 10 – 2:00-4:00 pm
    A great family event in Fellowship Hall – come and go as your time allows.
  • Monte Maxwell, Organist and Director of Chapel Music, United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD  — Sunday, April 7 – 4:00 pm
  • Simon Johnson, Organist, St. Paul’s Cathedral – London, England — Sunday, October 27 - 4:00 pm
  • Peter Richard Conte, Organist, with Andrew Ennis, Trumpeter/Flugelhornist — Sunday, November 17 - 4:00 pm
    Peter Conte is the organist at Macy’s (old Wanamaker’s) – Philadelphia and Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, PA

PAST CONCERTS

  • 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