St. Matthew’s Music Guild Opens Season on Friday with Cellist Antonio Lysy

Cellist Antonio Lysy will perform Friday.
Photo: P. Flanagan

St. Matthew’s Music Guild will open its 37th season at 8 p.m. this Friday, with internationally acclaimed cellist Antonio Lysy joining The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s.

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.

He 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 UCLA. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montréal.

On Friday night, 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, under the direction of Music Director Dwayne S. Milburn, will bookend the Dvorak and Ginastera pieces with two popular favorites by Ludwig van Beethoven: the Egmont Overture and the Symphony No. 7.

Everyone attending the concert 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.

Tickets, season subscriptions and complete information are available at Individual tickets at the door are $35. The Music Guild office may be reached at (310) 573-7422 or email

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