Carl Matthes 85th Birthday Benefit Concert

THANK YOU CARL MATTHES for a SPECTACULAR BIRTHDAY CONCERT and for helping SYMF raise funds for the Festival Orchestra. BRAVO!!!

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Benefit Concert Recital Program Book

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SYMF Board of Directors with Carl Matthes (September 17, 2023)
From Left to Right (back): Pamela Lam, Martin Glicklich, Way-Chung Wong, Sue Scofield, Alan Oettinger, Mie Shirai, Deborah H. How • Carl Matthes (front with cake)

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Benefit Concert Recital Program

Six Dances from English Suite No. 3, g minor, BWV 808
• Allemande
• Courante
• Sarabande (Les agrements de la meme Sarbande)
• Gavotte I, Gavotte II
• Gigue

Sonata, C Major, K 330
• Allegro moderato
• Andante Cantabile
• Allegretto

32 Variations on a Original Theme, c minor, WoO 80

Six American Colonial Spirituals, Hollers, and Hymns
• Amazing Grace (arr. Matthes/Lebenske)
• There is a Happy Place (arr. Schickele)
• Darlin’ Corey (arr. Schickele)
• Ruby (arr. Schickele)
• When I Can Read My Title Clear (arr. Schickele)
• Nearer to my God to Thee (arr. Matthes)


Born in Los Angeles, Carl Matthes began his teaching career in 1955 at the Los Angeles Music & Art School in Boyle Heights. In 1961, he became a faculty member at Cal-Arts. He gained international performance recognition in London at Wigmore Hall, Lord Clive House, and St. Martins-in-the-Fields, as well as in The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

Mr. Matthes has performed as soloist with orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the United Nations, at the Hollywood Bowl, at the Seattle Center Coliseum, and with Sir Josef Krips and the San Francisco Symphony at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.  He has also appeared as soloist with orchestra at Royce Hall at UCLA, with the Fresno Philharmonic, with the Korean Philharmonic at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and at the John Anson Ford Theatre with the Cal-Arts Orchestra. He toured for the Community Concert Circuit for 15 years.

Mr. Matthes is an exponent of the music of J.S. Bach and contemporary music by American composers. He gave the London debut of the “Passacaglia” by Walter Piston, the American debut of the “Piano Concerto” by Joseph Wagner, and the West Coast premiere of the “New Pictures at an Exhibition” by Seymour Bernstein. He was a candidate for a Rockefeller Foundation grant to record the piano music of Aaron Copland and has appeared on four occasions at the MTAC State Convention as performer/lecturer on the Music of J.S. Bach and contemporary American music.

Mr. Matthes served as Executive Director of SYMF for 29 years and is most proud of instituting SYMF’s American Music categories (1981), the Chopin categories (1983), the formation of SYMF’s Festival Orchestra (1987), and in 2000, the Benefit Recital in Zipper Hall at The Colburn School in honor of Aaron Copland’s 100th birthday.

Mr. Matthes served for 9 years as Chair of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival and is currently part of SCJBF’s Educational Program. He was President of Glendale Branch MTAC for 6 years and is currently an Advisor to Glendale Branch and SCJBF.