Pianist Jonathan Tsay in Recital

Jonathan Tsay presents Beethoven Split

Monday, December 4 at 7:30 pm

Great Hall

Free admission and parking


Jonathan Tsay will be exploring one of Beethoven’s greatest piano sonatas, written at the threshold between the Classical and Romantic eras, tracing its roots in history and its influence on works by Brahms, Liszt, and others in a multimedia “informance” that will include personal thoughts from the bench as well as historical source material from the composers.



Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, op. 101
      I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung

Haydn: Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32
     Allegro moderato

Brahms: Ballade op. 10 no.1 in D Minor “Edward”

Brahms: Intermezzo in B Minor, op. 119, no. 1

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, op. 101
     II. Lebhaft. Marschmäßig

Wagner/Liszt: “Isoldens Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde

Liszt: La Lugubre Gondola, S. 200

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, op. 101
     III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
     IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit

Soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, producer, and arts administrator Jonathan Tsay maintains an artistic career as diverse as his interests. A recent multi-city tour of Taiwan included solo recital stops at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Kaohsiung Music Hall, and the Pingtung Arts Center. Other recent solo engagements include performances for The Cliburn, Music at Southminster in Ottawa, Blanco Performing Arts, and the Fine Arts Chamber Players.

A sought-after collaborator, Dr. Tsay has also performed alongside some of the world’s premier musicians, including Chee-Yun, David Cooper (Principal Horn, Berlin Philharmonic), Jing Wang (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic), dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc, Chloé Trevor (“Musical Ambassador to Generation Z”), the Cézanne Quartet, and Nathan Olson (Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra). Jonathan performs regularly as Principal Keyboard of the Dallas Chamber Symphony as well as the Las Colinas Symphony. Jonathan also serves as Artistic Director of Ensemble75, a chamber music series based in Dallas, Texas.

Jonathan’s recordings can be found in Brahms – A Listener’s Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, as well as on Chloé Trevor’s debut album, Immortal and Danse Macabre. A solo CD featuring the works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide in 2009, and production of three recording projects are slated for completion in 2017.

Increasingly popular as a masterclass teacher, Dr. Tsay has given masterclasses for Taiwan National University of the Arts, Kaohsiung Normal University, Soochow University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has served on the screening jury for the Dallas International Piano Competition as well as an adjudicator for numerous competitions including the Texas Music Teacher’s Association Solo Competition and Austin Youth Music Ambassadors.

Dr. Tsay started his piano studies with Carolyn Savko at the age of five. Under the tutelage of Dr. Carol Leone, Jonathan earned a Bachelors of Music with Honors from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Jonathan entered L’Université de Montréal as a Masters of Music student of Marc Durand, and received his Doctorate through an accelerated program. Jonathan’s musical background also includes composition studies with Simon Sargon and David Karp, and conducting with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips. 

Visit the distinguished pianist Jonathan Tsay HERE.

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Coming to the Sundermann Gallery

Basking in the Piazza


Paper-Cut Sculpture and Photographs by Diane Van Buren


Author of Enlightened Rome: Discover the Magic of Piazzas and Public Spaces in Rome, Italy

Justus Sundermann Gallery
December 4 – January 14
Free parking and admission


Opening Reception with the Artist
Saturday, December 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 pm

Organ Prelude begins at 3:30 pm

Free parking and admission

The Cathedral Arts Choral Artists and selected readers unfold the Christmas narrative with familiar choral settings and scriptural accounts, according to a beloved pattern established in 1918 by King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. The service includes music of Walton, Goldschmidt, Leighton, Gardner, Howells, and Whitacre.
All are welcome.
Invite a friend – It may be the best gift you can give them!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the Prophetic Books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

The format was based on an Order drawn up in 1880 by Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Truro, Cornwall, for use on Christmas Eve. Tradition says that he organized a 10 pm service in a temporary wooden shed serving as his cathedral, and that a key purpose of the service was to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve!

The original liturgy has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. Lessons and Carols most often occur in Anglican churches, but also in some Roman Catholic parishes, Lutheran parishes and Presbyterian institutions. Numerous Christian churches have adopted this service, or a variation, as part of their Christmas celebrations.

In the UK, the service has become the standard format for school Christmas carol services. The best-known version is the annual Christmas Eve broadcast from King’s College, Cambridge, featuring carols sung by the renowned King’s College Choir. Groton School in Massachusetts has performed the festival longer than any institution other than King’s College, holding its first Lessons and Carols in 1928.

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Cliburn Finalist Fei-Fei Dong launches Distinguished Artists Recitals

Music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts proudly launches its new Distinguished Artists Recitals on Friday, February 2, 2018 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 5. 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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The Fifth Season in Review!

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