Upcoming Musical Events

Broadway goes to church!

October 22, 2017

Join us as we celebrate Broadway’s contribution to religious music. “Hail, Holy Queen” (Sister Act), “Sabbath Prayer” (Fiddler on the Roof) & “Walk Him Up!” (Purlie)


October 29, 2017

We celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Music includes “A Mighty Fortress is our God” arranged by John Rutter


November 5, 2017

This is our annual remembrance of those who have gone before us. Music includes “Kyrie” (Lord Nelson Mass) by Franz Joseph Haydn with soloist, Megan Cook & “These Are They Which Follow the Lamb” by John Goss

Advent Lessons and Carols

December 10, 2017

Join us for our annual Lessons and Carols. Music includes “We wait for thy loving kindness, O Lord” by William McKie; “Matin Responsory: I look from afar” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; “Deo Gratias” (A Ceremony of Carols) by Benjamin Britten; “A spotless rose” by Herbert Howells; “Gabriel's Message” Paul Nicholson; “E'en so Lord Jesus quickly come” by Paul Manz

Music of Christmas

December 24, 2017

The choir presents it’s Christmas Eve prelude this evening at 10:00 pm. We will cover 400 years of Christmas musical traditions crowned by the incredible Pearsall arrangement of

“In dulci jublio” and Ave Maria by our own James Janssen.


January 14, 2018

Celebrating the life and ministry of Martin Luther King, Jr., we present two incredible pieces of music; “Freedom Train” by Rollo Dilworth and “This Little Light of Mine” arranged by Tony Royse.

Sowetto Gospel Sunday

February 4, 2018

Along with the horrible practice of Apartheid came a powerful musical tradition. Join us as we present music from the Sowetto Ghetto and music inspired by the Sowetto Ghetto.

Good Friday

March 30, 2018

In what has become a tradition at St. Matthews, we present Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion. Don’t miss this performance as this work will take a hiatus for a few years as we look at other works in the passion tradition.

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

A brass and organ prelude leads us into our celebration of the risen Lord with selections from Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass No. 6 in G major (Nicolai), Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beautiful “Easter” from the Five Mystical Songs with soloist Ian McGuffin.

Hispanic Heritage Sunday

April 29, 2018

For the first time, we are celebrating the rich traditions that are in the Hispanic church. Hymns will be in Spanish and English. The central musical anthem will be from the Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez for two tenors (Jonathan Weyant and Karlos Piñero-Mercado), ukulele, and drums.

Chicago Musical Heroes day

May 6, 2018

In our first celebration of the many Chicago composers who have contributed incredible music to our tradition, we present music by Dr. Rolo Dillworth, a talentedcomposer, arranger, and music educator. He received his post graduate degrees from Northwestern University.

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