Cliburn Finalist Fei-Fei Dong announces Distinguished Artists Recital Program

Inaugural Distinguished Artists Recital


Fei-Fei Dong, Piano


Friday, February 2, 7:30 pm


Great Hall


Free parking and admission

A reception for the artist follows immediately in the Justus Sundermann Gallery



W. A. Mozart: Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576
Robert Schumann: Papillons, opus 2
Lowell Liebermann: Gargoyles, opus 29
– Intermission –
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, opus 16, nos. 1-4
Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, opus 22

Download a printable flyer HERE.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts proudly launches its new Distinguished Artists Recitals on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall, with a performance by pianist Fei-Fei Dong, winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

In preparing for this inaugural event, H. Michie Akin, Artistic Director of Cathedral Arts, writes, “Cathedral Arts is expanding and improving the quality of its musical offerings. The recent acquisition of a magnificent Schimmel concert grand piano increases options for hosting solo piano concerts, vocal and instrumental recitals, chamber music events, and even some fine jazz evenings. The remarkable pianist Fei-Fei Dong will usher in a new era of music at Cathedral Arts, and we are honored and excited to present this very special event.”

Born in Shenzhen, China, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of five. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky. Deeply committed to sharing her joy for music and connecting with communities, Fei-Fei also engages students and community audiences through frequent school and outreach concerts and master classes. Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Fei-Fei Dong continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News). Fei-Fei Dong is represented by Concert Artists Guild, New York. Admission and parking are free, and donations are welcomed. A reception for the artist follows immediately in the Justus Sundermann Gallery.

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First Choral Evensong of 2018


Cathedral Arts Choral Artists
Monica Awbrey, conductor
Keith Franks, organist
Sunday, January 21 at 4:00 pm
in the Cathedral Church

Free parking and admission


Introit – If ye love me – Tallis
Responses – Smith
Psalm 103
Canticles – Unison Service – Howells
Anthem – Let nothing ever grieve thee – Brahms

About Evensong:
Drawn from the 17th century, participants are invited to enter into a sacred space of quiet reflection through music, scripture, and prayers that have shaped Christian lives for hundreds of years.

Bring a friend! All are welcome!

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Coming to the Sundermann Gallery

Abstract Expressions in Acrylic and Collage by Margo Lee Miller


Including work inspired by experiences in Nepal.
Opening reception with the artist on Thursday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Free parking and admission.

From the artist:
     I currently work with acrylic and collage, combining elements like gold foil, traditional Lokta papers, painted images, and ephemera to create movement, pattern and evoke emotion. The images are built of layers that simultaneously reveal and obscure, push and pull the viewer in and out of the artwork. You can feel the influence of music and dance in the pulsing rhythms of color and design. My work examines the complexity of our lives and emotions and reminds us that we are not our most obvious expression, but a complicated compilation of all our past experiences and our future hopes and dreams. I invite the viewer to make their own revelations as they explore the surface and depth of these works.
     This exhibit includes work inspired by the incredible sense of joy I felt from the people of Nepal when I visited in October as part of a mission trip. I was awed by the happiness and resilience that these people show in the face of poverty. Their country is one of vibrant colors, an appropriate palette for the beautiful countryside filled with flowers and cities filled with life.
     15% of the proceeds from any sales of these artworks will go to the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation so that they may continue to support the medical mission trip to the Lower Solukhumbu region of Nepal. One painting, “Marigolds” will be on sale for $1,500.00. The entire $1,500.00 will be donated to The Hope Home for Girls, an orphanage in Kathmandu. This amount of money will feed, clothe, and educate one girl for an entire year.

Visit Margo Lee Miller online HERE.

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Dallas Bach Society Free Family Concert

J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Claire Adkins Cason, violin
James Richman, harpsichord

Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm
Free parking and admission

The six Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord, BWV 1014–1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach are works in trio sonata form, with the two upper parts in the harpsichord and violin over a bass line supplied by the harpsichord and an optional viola da gamba. Unlike baroque sonatas for solo instrument and continuo, where the realization of the figured bass was left to the discretion of the performer, the keyboard part in the sonatas was almost entirely specified by Bach. They were probably mostly composed during Bach’s final years in Cöthen between 1720 and 1723 before he moved to Leipzig. The extant sources for the collection span the whole of Bach’s period in Leipzig, during which time he continued to make changes to the score. Learn more about the J.S. Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord with audio excerpts HERE.

Clare Adkins Cason is a native of Denton, Texas, where she was born into the musical Adkins family. At the age of four she began her study of violin under the guidance of Dr. James Lerch at the University of North Texas, where she later continued as an undergraduate. At UNT Clare served as concertmaster of the University Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra, and the Baroque orchestra, and twice appeared with the Symphony as winner of the concerto competition. In the academic area she was named a Presser Scholar and was chosen by the faculty as the Outstanding Undergraduate in Music. Since her graduation, Clare has served as concertmaster of the Sherman Symphony, principal second violinist of the East Texas Symphony, and concertmaster of the Dallas Bach Society, with whom she has been featured as soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. She has also enjoyed performing chamber music with her siblings–violinists Elisabeth, Alexandra, and Madeline and cellists Christopher and Anthony–who with Elisabeth’s husband, pianist Edward Newman, comprise the Adkins String Ensemble. In April 2013, Clare and her siblings were recognized as Distinguished Alumni by the UNT College of Music.

James Richman, named Artistic Director of the Dallas Bach Society in 1995, is a prominent harpsichordist and fortepianist, as well as one of today’s leading conductors of Baroque music and opera. The first musician since Leonard Bernstein to attend Harvard, Juilliard, and the Curtis Institute of Music, James Richman studied conducting with Max Rudolf and Herbert Blomstedt, piano with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Rosina Lhevinne and Rudolf Serkin, and harpsichord with Albert Fuller and Kenneth Gilbert. He holds a degree in the History of Science magna cum laude from Harvard College. He is a prizewinner in four international competitions for early keyboard instruments, including first prize in the Bodky Competition of the Cambridge Society of Early Music, laureate of the Bruges Harpsichord Competition and bronze medal in the Paris Harpsichord Competition of the Festival Estival and in the First International Fortepiano Competition (Paris). His Concert Royal ensemble has been in residence at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York since 1982, performing chamber music concerts as well as the works of Handel, Bach and Purcell with the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas. He is also Artistic Director and founder of New York’s Concert Royal and Music Director of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and he recently led the Hanover Band at the Pollenca festival in Majorca.

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Become a Pillar of Cathedral Arts


Check out the recent SMCA Newsletter
then read the Pillar Campaign appeal letter and learn how you can participate!

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“…any music performed with the passion
heard on this disc would earn appreciation.”


Cathedral Arts has received word that the new Toccata Classics recording, FRANZ LISZT: SONGS FOR BASS VOICE AND PIANO, recorded last April in St. Matthew’s Cathedral, has received a rave review from Voix des Arts: A Voice for the Performing Arts throughout the World as a BEST LIEDER RECORDING OF 2017!


Congratulations to our dear friends Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern for a spectacular success!


Read the complete review HERE.

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