St. Matthew’s Music Guild will present its annual holiday concert featuring music by Bach at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave.
The program will feature Los Angeles violinist Peter Kent in Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major. Kent, in demand as an orchestral and chamber musician and also active in the television and film industry, was concertmaster of St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra during its early years in the late 1980s and ‘90s. He and his wife, harpist Amy Shulman, concertize and record as the duo ensemble “51 Strings.”
Flutists Nancy Gilman Marfisi and Eileen Holt will be joined by the orchestra’s present concertmaster, Yi-Huan Zhao, in Bach’s charming and tuneful Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major.
Rounding out the program, the 35-member Choir of St. Matthew’s Parish and soloists will present Bach’s glorious Magnificat in D major. Scored for five-part choir and large orchestra, including trumpets, organ and timpani, the Magnificat is one of Bach’s most festive creations.
The concert concludes with a traditional sing-along of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
Admission at the door is $35. The Music Guild offers discounted season passes, good for all concerts, for as little as $150.