St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra will present eight concerts during its 16th season at the church, 1031 Bienvenda Ave., Pacific Palisades, beginning Oct. 6, when conductor-founder Thomas Neenan conducts a program of music by Gershwin, Stravinsky, Copland and Joplin. Delores Stevens will be piano soloist in Gershwin's original jazz-band version of "Rhapsody in Blue."
Basso Louis Lebherz will be soloist on the Nov. 10 program, which offers music by Mozart and Ives, as well as spirituals and American folk songs. The orchestra will play its annual family Christmas concert Dec. 10. On Jan. 19, guests will be the Hollywood Brass Ensemble, with organ and percussion, its program featuring a new work by Nick Lane, and music by Bach, Gabrieli, Sousa and Saint-Saens.