St. Matthias Episcopal Church

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This series of concerts on the first Sunday of each month is a fundraising program for the restoration of the beautiful and historic St. Matthias Church. This is a series of varieties of classical chamber music from string quartets to chamber orchestras. The year 2018 marks the 22nd season of concerts.

All the musicians are donating their time and talents for this series. Our biggest expense is purchasing music. There is no charge for the concerts, but attendees are urged to make a donation to defray expenses and to help with the restoration and maintenance of the church building.

The series has generated enough funding to date to (1) repair the organ, (2) provide new lighting in the chancel, (3) re-plaster and paint the nave, (4) help with the restoration of the Memorial Chapel, (5) install insulation, (6) help buy a new furnace and air-conditioning, (7) rework the drainage around the building, (8) restore the doors, (9) re-point the brick on the outside, and, (10) replace the roof. The next major project will be re-working the front steps.

In addition to the regular first Sunday series of classical concerts, mid-month we host performances of a wide variety of local musicians ranging from jazz, to choral, to klezmar. These concerts are usually on the third Sunday, but can vary. These are often concerts in which the offering is shared between the church and the musician. All Sunday concerts are at 3:00 PM.


There will be a concert by two very fine cellists at 3 pm, pm Sunday, June 17, 2018, at St. Matthias Church in Asheville. The cellists are Brenda Leonard and Ben Smith. The program will include a mix of Classical and Popular music centered around the idea of love—it’s Father’s Day, after all! We take seven of the Greek ideas of love and play music that relates to each one. There’s storge, of course: the love of a parent for a child, which is appropriate for this holiday. But there’s also agape, for which we play Bach’s My Heart Ever Faithful, and philia (brotherly love or friendship) represented by a movement of the duet our friend John Moody wrote for us. Eros is represented by the Love Theme from the Godfather and philautia (love of self) by a canon by Max Reger;) There are works by Mendelssohn, Hindemith, and Dvorak, as well as a song from a famous musical, a couple of movies, and a real oldie-but-goodie. 

The church is located in Asheville just off South Charlotte Street at Max Street on the hill across from the Asheville Public Works Building (1 Dundee St.). Donations will go to the Church Restoration Fund.



January 7, 2018 Orch. An Afternoon in Vienna
January 21, 2018 Robert Zachery
February 4, 2018 Violin and Harpsichord
February 18, 2018 Open
March 4, 2018 Open
March 18, 2018 Open
April 1, 2018 Open (Easter)
April 15, 2018 Cello Choir
May 6, 2018 Open
May 20, 2018 Michael Stevens jazz piano
June 3, 2018 Open
June 17, 2018 Cello Times 2 (Cello Duets)
July 1, 2018 String Orchestra
July 15, 2018 Open
August 5, 2018 Solo Piano Recital (Bob Strain)
August 20, 2018 Open
September 2, 2018 Biltmore Brass Quintet
September 16, 2018 Open
October 7, 2018 Chamber Orchestra
October 21, 2018 Open
November 4, 2018 String Quartet
November 18, 2018 Chatham Rabbits (Appalachian Music)
December 2, 2018 Pyramid Brass Quintet
December 9, 2018 Reynolds-Miller Chorale Christmas Concert
December 16, 2018 Musicke Antigua (Renaissance Music)