POSTPONED - Organ Recital by Matthew Cates

Wed., October 28, 2020 12:40pm ·



Due to  Covid travel restrictions, the recital by Matthew Cates that was scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 has been postponed to Spring 2021 (date to be determined). We are pleased that Sandro Russo's All-Liszt concert for piano and organ was presented as scheduled on Sunday, October 25 at 3:30pm in the Cathedral. Watch the concert on YouTube.


The event described below is postponed to a Spring 2021 date to be determined.
Organist Matthew Cates continues our fall 2020 portion of the newly resumed Cathedral Great Organ Concert Series with a recital at 12:40pm (following the 12:10pm Mass) on Wednesday, October 28, open to the public and livestreamed from the Cathedral on our YouTube Channel. Come, bring a friend, and enjoy this 40-minute program in person, or watch live or later.

We welcome to the Cathedral organist Matthew Cates for a 40-minute organ recital at 12:40pm (following the 12:10pm Mass) on Wednesday, October 28, open to the public and livestreamed from the Cathedral on our YouTube Channel. Come, bring a friend, and enjoy a musical interlude in your day, or watch live or later. Social distancing and face masks will be required in the Cathedral.

Matthew Cates is an avid pianist, organist, and composer. Having a deep love for French Romantic and Impressionist music, he frequently performs the works of Duruflé, Franck, Litaize, Vierne, and Widor.  Composing frequently, he has written a number of works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, organ, and voice, among other instruments. His works have been performed in North America and across Europe. 

Matthew has studied and performed extensively in Europe as well. He's seen extensive venues across the United States and Europe performing at the Washington National Cathedral, Duke University, Église de La Madeleine, Église Saint-Eustache de Paris, St. Bernard de La Chapelle, Stadkirche Saint Wenzel, Freiburg Cathedral, Petrikirche--Freiberg, and Notre Dame d'Auteuil, among others. As well as that, he has perfromed at exclusive venues including concerts in Palm Beach, Florida, as well as a "Class of 1936 Distinguished Organ Recital" at the West point Military Academy, in New York. He also studied at L'Académie Internationale d'Orgue in Paris, France, where his teachers included Frédéric Blanc, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard, François Espinasse, François-Henri Houbart, and Andrew Dewar.

In addition to his studies in Europe he has performed the complete works of Maurice Duruflé, and is a Maurice Duruflé scholar. He has had the opportunity to live in Paris and study original primary sources of Duruflé, as well as perform all of his works on Duruflé's own organ, at St. étienne du Mont.

He currently is recording the complete keyboard works of Bach, and this will include among other things the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations, French Suites, English Suites, Partitas,  Art of Fugue, and the Anna Magdalena Notebook.

Matthew has had the opportunity to be part of chamber groups and larger orchestra groups playing works such as his own "Chanson du Cœur", Michael Daugherty's "Bells for Stokowski",and Vivaldi's "Gloria", as well as Duruflé's and Fauré's Requiems.

He has won two superior prizes for piano performance, in the 2013, and 2014 ACSI piano competitions. His playing has been described in "The American Organist" as "technically and musically masterful. His love for the music is infectious." (TAO July 2015). He placed 1st in the Seventh Annual UNCSA Organ Competition and Festival, and he also placed 1st, and won the prize for the interpretation of Bach in the 2018 ECU Organ Competition.