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April 10
Free Community Concert
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s
Thomas Neenan, Music Director

Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening of popular classical music at our next Free Community Concert, Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. No tickets required.


Lopita Lopez,
NBC4 Southern California Reporter (bio)

  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Pedro y el Lobo
  • Marc Falcone: Valor Academy Suite (world premiere, commissioned work)
  • Various: Classical favorites and jazz standards by the Chamber Orchestra & Jazz Band from Paul Revere Middle School

Music at St. Matthew's gratefully acknowledges the support of the L.A. County Arts Commission


We've almost reached our goal –
help us cross the finish line!

The good news – as of January 21st we have raised $13,725 towards our goal of $16,000 in the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Matching Grant Fund.  Thank you to all who have contributed in both small and large amounts, with a special thank you to the Walt Disney Foundation for their support through their employee matching program.

The bad news – we still have $2,275 to go.  Not a large amount, but significant in meeting our challenge.  Our plans with the grant this year are very exciting.  We have commissioned a Music Guild favorite composer, Marc Falcone to write “Valor Suite," exploring the intersection of classical and Mexican folk traditions, and honoring our outreach partner Valor Academy.  On April 10th at 7:30 P.M. we will present a community concert, free and open to the public at St. Matthew’s and including the following.

  • “Valor Suite” (Fanfare, Cancion and Chorale) by Marc Falcone
  • Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf / Pedro y el Lobo,” with English and Spanish narration
  • Classical and popular works played by the Paul Revere Middle School Chamber Orchestra, and an ensemble from Palisades High School

In addition we are presenting concerts at underserved schools and senior centers.  Please help us with these wonderful projects by sending a check in any amount to the St. Matthew’s Music Guild (P. O. Box 37, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272) designating it for the Matching Grant Fund, or go to the Music Guild websiteto donate online. 

Our deadline is April 2, 2015 so please help us to reach our goal today.

Best regards,

Tom Neenan
Music Director
310-573-7787 x127
Fred Doering
President, Board of Directors

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Thank you to everyone who has helped us grow and thrive over 30 years of wonderful music. It’s quite an accomplishment and you should be very proud. As we begin this Anniversary Season, it is clear that all of us involved in the Music Guild – subscribers, orchestra, board members, and audience – have a passion for music. Your support has transformed that passion into thirty years of great music, and we look forward to many more!

So I ask you, what is your musical passion? What is it about music that touches your soul? Why do you come to concerts? Why do you subscribe? What compels you to donate so that we can engage talented soloists and commission and perform new music?

Members of the orchestra gave some interesting and moving responses to this question. Many trace their passion for music back to their youth and family traditions.  For others, their passion is more idealistic or philosophical.

Please tell us. Share your thoughts when you subscribe by mail or online. Visit our Facebook page or send an email to We would like to know what moves you and, unless you request otherwise, we’d like to share your passion for music with others during our Anniversary Season.

We have a great 30th season for you. Please enjoy the music!

Tom Neenan, Music Director

Our thanks to all our wonderful subscribers who have renewed their subscriptions from last season, and to the large number of single ticket buyers and new subscribers we have recently welcomed! We are very excited about our upcoming season, and we know you will be too.



Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's photos by Chuck Gardner Photography

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