Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, since 1912

Jamie Barton, photo by Stacey BoydThe upcoming performance by Metropolitan Opera star mezzo-soprano JAMIE BARTON will be one of the highlights of Cincinnati’s 2018 classical music season! Lots of advance buzz has kept the Memorial Hall box office busy. Do you have your tickets yet? If not, call 513-977-8838 or click here to order tickets online as soon as possible. Single tickets are just $20.  Seating is limited. Click here to hear her recent interview with Anne Arenstein.

In addition to the recital, Ms. Barton will conduct a free and open to the public MASTER CLASS at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (UC-CCM) on Thursday, January 25th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Robert Werner Recital Hall, presented jointly by Matinée Musicale and the Voice Faculty of CCM.

Barton’s Memorial Hall performance on Friday evening, January 26 at 7:30 pm, is Matinée Musicale’s first-ever evening recital in its century-long history of programs featuring major young performers. She will repeat the recital she presented in December at Carnegie Hall in New York City, featuring works by 10 composers, including songs by five women and the world premiere of a new song cycle by Iain Bell, “of you”, using as texts a set of poems by e e cummings. Her varied program also includes songs by Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel, Henri Duparc and Richard Strauss. Renowned musician Kathleen Kelly will provide piano accompaniment. Click here to see the complete program and texts.

Barton was honored by the Metropolitan Opera with its 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award, completing her trifecta of major honors in the opera world. Previously the remarkable singer received the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, and both the main and song prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. She also won the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

One New York critic recently wrote, “Barton can steal the show just by opening those velvet tonsils of hers and letting the sumptuous sounds and array of colors burst forth. … I’d listen to Barton anytime — oh, that velour!”

Barton’s solo recitals are few and far between, so Matinée Musicale has scored a major coup in bringing her to Cincinnati. This is a rare opportunity for Cincinnati music lovers to hear a performance by a major international star in an intimate setting, Memorial Hall’s Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater, seating 556. Will you be among them?

REMINDER TO SUBSCRIBERS: If you are unable to attend recitals in February or April, your season tickets can be exchanged for admissions to Barton’s recital. Call the Box Office at 513-977-8838.  Exchanges must be completed before Jan. 26.

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.

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 will include 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’ll remember for years to come.

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.

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Click here to see photos of our Open House at Memorial Hall on September 10th.

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, will sing on Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm at Memorial Hall.
  • Julian Bliss, clarinet soloist, will perform on Sunday, February 18 at Memorial Hall.
  • 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.

Charitable donations to the Matinée Musicale Endowment Fund are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law and may be securely made online with PayPal.

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The late Nancy Walker (right), with her longtime friend, the late Louise D. Nippert.
The late Nancy Walker (right), with her longtime friend, the late Louise D. Nippert, whose generosity continues to sustain musical organizations in Cincinnati, including Matinée Musicale.
Matinée Musicale board members with Amit Peled, cellist, and Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Pianist.
Members of the Matinée Musicale Board with Amit Peled, Cellist, and Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Pianist
Violinist Paul Huang and Judy Martin, Administrative Director
Violinist Paul Huang and Judy Martin, Administrative Director
Nancy Martin, Treasurer, with Joyce Yang, pianist.
Nancy Martin, Treasurer, with pianist Joyce Yang