Next season’s Matinee Musicale Cincinnati artists include trumpet virtuosa Ashley Hall, pianist Albert Cano Smit, the Dover Quartet, soprano Nicole Cabell, violinist Christina Nam, and tenor Pene Pati.

We just got back from the Awards Luncheon of Matinee Musicale Cincinnati, a musical organization which has been making miracles happen by presenting, for the past ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE YEARS, an annual series of concerts.

Along with introducing to Cincinnati the likes of singers Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Marian Anderson, Nadine Sierra, and Jamie Barton, as well as instrumentalists Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Arthur Rubinstein and Van Cliburn in the early stages of their careers, the good people at Matinee Musicale Cincinnati have been giving thousands of dollars year after year from the endowment Louise Dieterle Nippert left to Matinee Musicale Cincinnati to aid young and promising pianists, cellists, violinists, oboists, trumpet players and other instrumentalists and to singers of every voice type.

In today’s line up of first and second prize winners we heard a remarkably gifted group of hopefuls and, among them, some who made one sit up and listen. Via video we heard soprano Elena Villalon who has been accumulating honors of recent, including being chosen as one of the national finalists for the MET Opera auditions.

Violinist Gabby Sewell, a young girl barely out of her teens, elicited the biggest ovation of the morning with a formidable performance of Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, a technical hurdle-course that would give pause to many a violinist twice her age. In the fall she enters CCM as a freshman on a violin performance program with professor Kurt Sassmannshaus. We’ll be watching.

All the youngsters in attendance went home with a nice check and a full tummy after lunch with the audience. We went home contented to know that there are many good hearted music lovers in Cincinnati who are not merely satisfied with the enjoyment of music but that through volunteer work, a modest annual membership and the purchase of an unreasonably low-priced subscription ticket are making a difference with the future of music.

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Rafael de Acha