First of all, Matinée Musicale Cincinnati’s 2017-2018 season (its 105th) will be presented mostly in the newly refurbished Memorial Hall, in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine area.
Secondly, four of the five concerts will be given in the daytime, as it has been the tradition of Matinée Musicale for well over a century.
The season, which begins in October, can be enjoyed by purchasing a $60 suscription ($12 each concert.) Subscriptions are now on sale from the Memorial Hall Box office, 513-977-8838, and can be exchanged, in advance, for any recital in the 2017-2018 season. Subscribers wishing to purchase additional single tickets save 25% on the cost of a single ticket. Season subscribers will receive complimentary recital parking in the Washington Park Garage, if they purchase their subscriptions by Sept. 15, 2015. Visit MatineeMusicaleCincinnati.org for more information.
The season, at a glance:
VIOLINIST JOSHUA BROWN – Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall.
PIANIST CLAIRE HUANGCI – Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 11 a.m. at Anderson Center
JAMIE BARTON, MEZZO-SOPRANO – Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall
JULIAN BLISS, CLARINET – Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall.
YOLANDA KONDONASSIS, HARP, AND JASON VIEAUX, GUITAR – Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall.
Below, an insightful description by our colleague, Rick Pender:
“For more than a century — 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 for Cincinnatians in 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 performers. Thanks to a generous bequest from philanthropist and classically-trained musician Louise Dieterle Nippert (1911-2012), Matinée Musicale’s tradition of musical excellence continues.”