Internationally acclaimed cellist Antonio Lysy will join The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s on Friday, October 8 (8 p.m.) to officially open the St. Matthew’s Music Guild’s 37th season of concerts at its home in Pacific Palisades. Music Director Dwayne S. Milburn will conduct music of Beethoven, Dvorak and Ginastera.


Lysy has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Lysy has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM, and other European radio networks. Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello’s voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music. In the summer of 2003 Lysy accepted the position of Professor of Cello at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montréal. He will be featured in Dvorak’s quiet tone poem, Silent Woods and Alberto Ginastera’s rousing Pampeana No. 2, a work inspired by the vast Argentinian Pampas regions.


The orchestra will bookend the Dvorak and Ginastera pieces with two popular favorites by Ludwig van Beethoven: the Egmont Overture and the Symphony No. 7.


The Music Guild, like other arts organizations, is following strict guidelines in order to protect the safety of those in attendance and their musicians. The Guild has released the following statement: “We want our audience and our musicians to feel safe and secure so that everyone can fully enjoy our concerts. To that end, everyone attending our live concerts will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the concert and will be required to wear a mask while indoors.”


All concerts take place at St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda Avenue, in Pacific Palisades. Tickets, season subscriptions and complete information are available at MusicGuildOnline.org. The Music Guild office may be reached at (310) 573-7422.


Thomas Neenan, President