Matinée Musicale Cincinnati around longer than any of us


Matinée Musicale Cincinnati has been around longer than any of us have – since 1912, in fact. And here it is about to begin its 2019-2020 season. After a few years of doing things the same way it had for goodness knows how long, Matinée Musicale Cincinnati changed one fundamental thing in order to keep up with the times: their concerts are no longer on weekday mornings but on Sunday afternoons, or in one instance on a Friday evening. For many of us who don’t like to drive on I71 or I 75 at almost any time during the week, that is a welcome change.

But other than that change of times and a move from the out-of-the-way (for many of us) Anderson Center and its relocating to Memorial Hall in OTR, the main business of Matinée Musicale Cincinnati remains the same: to find rising musical artists that may not yet be household words and present them to the concert-going audience in Cincinnati.

This year’s lineup begins on Sunday September 22, 2019 at 3 pm with a solo recital by Ashley Hall, trumpet soloist. If your reaction might be a not-so-sure about that one then you just might miss out on the playing of an exceptional musician. Blessed with an uncanny ability to elicit a sweet and mellow sound from the born-to-be-loud trumpet, Ashley Hall is a world-class artist who endows her playing with musicality and dazzling technique.

Here she is, playing the Georg Phillip Telemann short Trumpet Concerto in D with the North Carolina Chamber Orchestra. If you are not able to catch her at Memorial Hall then you may just have to wait another spell until she returns next year as first trumpet of Summermusik.


Five other concerts follow Ashley Hall’s. On Sunday October 20, 2019 at the Anderson Center, pianist Albert Cano Smit makes his local debut with Matinée Musicale Cincinnati.

Here he is playing a bit of Bach from the Art of the Fugue:

The Dover Quartet heard here ( ) playing the Nocturne from Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 steps on stage at Memorial Hall on Sunday November 17, 2019 at 3 pm.

Not up and coming but simply rising at warp speed, lyric soprano Nicole Cabell whom many of us have heard and loved in starring roles with the Cincinnati Opera, returns to the Queen City to sing for Matinée Musicale Cincinnati at Memorial Hall on Friday March 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm.

She sings here Juliette’s waltz from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with the London Philharmonic conducted by Sir Andrew Davis:

Listen to violinist Christina Nam play the first movement from Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major and see if you don’t agree with me in calling this local treasure an extraordinary talent:

She appears on Sunday April 19, 2020 at 3 pm at Memorial Hall.

After a debut with Matinée Musicale Cincinnati last year tenor Pene Pati was invited back by popular demand. He does a 7 pm solo recital on Sunday May 3, 2020, in which he just might sing Donizetti’s Una furtiva lagrima as beautifully as he does here:

I hope that you are convinced by now that Matinée Musicale Cincinnati offers one of the most interesting recital series in Cincinnati. If six recitals for $84 or $108 or a single seat for $25 sounds right, pick up the phone now and call 513 977 8838 for further information, subscriptions, and reservations.

Rafael de Acha