Matinée Musicale Cincinnati is proud to present the final artists of our 105th season, award-winning duo Yolanda Kondonassis, harp, and Jason Vieaux, guitar, on Sunday, April 8 at 3 pm at Memorial Hall. Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. With “a range of colour that’s breathtaking” (Gramophone), she has been hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), with “a dazzling technique unfailingly governed by impeccable musical judgment” (Detroit News). She has appeared around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. Also a published author, speaker, professor of harp, and environmental activist, her many passions are woven into a vibrant and multi-faceted career.
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and earned a place on NPR’s “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)” for Vieaux’s recording of “Zapateado.” Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico.
Since 1912, Matinée Musicale Cincinnati has presented recitals by instrumentalists and singers on their way to illustrious careers. Legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein performed at the Netherland Hotel’s Hall of Mirrors in 1938. In 1955, 21-year-old Van Cliburn played a Matinée Musicale recital three years before he won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Coloratura soprano Beverly Sills sang in Cincinnati in 1969, the same year she debuted at the renowned La Scala opera house in Milan. In 1983 violinist Joshua Bell, then 16, performed his very first professional recital with Matinée Musicale. Today he’s one of the world’s most respected musicians. You can see the complete list of artists who have performed with us on this link.
Thanks to a generous bequest from philanthropist and classically-trained musician Louise Dieterle Nippert (1911-2012), Matinée Musicale’s tradition of musical excellence continues. Our 105th season includes an opera legend in the making, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, one of five memorable programs for 2017-2018. The season also features a violin prodigy, the return of a captivating pianist, a clarinet virtuoso and an acclaimed harp-and-guitar duo. Come and enjoy performances by musicians on their way to legendary careers, recitals you will remember for years to come.
Some highlights from our current season:
Julian Bliss, clarinet virtuoso, with some fans.
Donald Hurd, Beilin Han, piano, and Joshua Brown, violin, after Joshua’s October 8, 2017 Concert
This season, four of our five recitals will be held in a “new” venue, the recently renovated Memorial Hall on Elm Street, next door to Music Hall in Cincinnati’s revitalized arts corridor in Over-the-Rhine. Built in 1908, it features glorious marble staircases, adorned with intricate wrought iron, leading to the 556-seat Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater, with exceptional acoustics, decorative stenciled murals and Tiffany chandeliers. Following an $11-million restoration, Memorial Hall now offers year-round air conditioning, new and more comfortable seating, extensive audio-visual enhancements, and expanded restroom facilities. It’s adjacent to Washington Park with a 450-car parking garage and a streetcar stop. With numerous restaurants nearby, Memorial Hall is the perfect setting for Matinée Musicale’s recitals.
Our 105th Season concert artists:
- Joshua Brown, a brilliant 17-year-old violin prodigy, was our first soloist on Sunday, October 8th at 3 pm at Memorial Hall.
- Claire Huangci pianist, returned after an acclaimed 2015 Matinée Musicale performance to perform on Thursday, November 9th at 11 am at the Anderson Center.
- Metropolitan Opera star Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano, sang on Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm at Memorial Hall.
- Julian Bliss, clarinet soloist, performed on Sunday, February 18 at 3 pm Memorial Hall, then later that same day gave a Master Class at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
- Award-winning duo Yolanda Kondonassis, harp, and Jason Vieaux, guitar, will close our season on Sunday, April 8 at 3 pm at Memorial Hall.
The mission of Matinée Musicale Cincinnati is to serve and enrich the Greater Cincinnati community through professional recitals of classical music, as well as events such as master classes, and by awarding grants to qualifying non-profit organizations and schools focused on music education. Matinée Musicale presents the finest national and international vocalists and instrumentalists in an annual recital series. Our musically active and knowledgeable membership seeks out up-and-coming as well as established performers.
We regret to announce that our beloved Artistic Director, Nancy Walker, who led Matinée Musicale Cincinnati for 45 years, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Walker was the heart and soul of Matinée Musicale, selecting music performers for recitals on their way to famous careers. Her knowledge, judgment and great musical instincts sustained the organization at the forefront of local presenters for nearly half of its 105-year existence. Click on this link to read this beautiful tribute to her life and accomplishments written by Janelle Gelfand.