It’s almost Fall — Matinee Musicale turns 104

I can’t believe the fall season is upon us. I am getting season lineups daily in my inbox, and I’m going to try to post many of them on this blog.

First up is the 104th season of the venerable Matinee Musicale, which has launched the Cincinnati debuts of hundreds of major artists. Mark your calendars:

Sept. 18: Cellist Amit Peled performs a Tribute to Casals. The Israeli musician will perform two recitals on his historic Gofriller cello (1733) that once belonged to the eminent Pablo Casals, loaned to him by Casals’ widow Marta.  His program features music the legendary cellist frequently performed in recitals. Sunday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m., at Anderson Town Center (7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati 45230),

On Monday, Sept. 19, the personable Peled will offer a lecture/recital, “Journey with My Jewishness,” discussing his personal, musical and spiritual evolution. His program will include traditional numbers as well as Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” Mark Kopytman’s “Kaddish” and Ernest Bloch’s three scenes “From Jewish Life.”  Sept. 19,  7:30 p.m., a program presented jointly with the Isaac M. Wise Center (8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 45236), 

Nov. 10: Tenor Ben Bliss. The singer will perform a program of French favorites, Italian novelties, German romance and American delicacies, accompanied by pianist Lachlan Glen. A recent graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, Bliss received the Lincoln Center’s 2016 Emerging Artist Award, as well as the Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, and he was featured as Cassio in the 2016 Cincinnati May Festival’s concert production of Verdi’s Otello. Thursday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church (3011 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati 45211).

Joyce Yang, pianist. Photo by Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
Joyce Yang, pianist. Photo by Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

Jan. 31: Pianist Joyce Yang returns following her glowing debut with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra this month. Yang was the 2005 silver medalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at the age of 19. A year later she made her celebrated New York Philharmonic debut with Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall and performed on the orchestra’s tour of Asia, including a triumphant return to her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. A 2010 Juilliard graduate, she received the school’s Arthur Rubinstein Prize; in 2011 she won its 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award. Today the Steinway artist is a well-established international orchestral and recital performer. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 11 a.m., at Anderson Center.

March 14: Violinist Paul Huang received the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant. A young performer with experience both nationally and internationally, Huang is already recognized for his expressive music making, distinctive sound and effortless virtuosity. He has been a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two and is a principal artist for the Camerata Pacifica throughout California. He performs on the 1742 ex-Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesù violin, on loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11 a.m., at Anderson Center.

April 12: Pianist Winston Choi, winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens Piano Competition, dazzled Matinée Musicale audiences in an April 2016 recital accompanying classical saxophonist Ashu. A dedicated champion of contemporary music, he has premiered and commissioned more that 100 words by young composers and established masters including William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bright Sheng, Christian Wolff, Chen Yi and John Zorn. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Forest Chapel United Methodist Church (680 West Sharon Rd., Cincinnati 45240).

Matinée Musicale Cincinnati presents the finest national and international instrumentalists and vocalists in its annual recital series. Since 1911 its musically active and knowledgeable members — including professional and retired musicians, music teachers and other music enthusiasts — have engaged noteworthy young classical musicians as well as established performers from around the world. Its mission is to serve and enrich the community through recitals and master classes and by awarding grants to qualifying nonprofits focused on music education. Thanks to a generous bequest from philanthropist Louise D. Nippert, Matinée Musicale is well positioned to continue presenting musicians and singers destined to be the classical music stars of the future.

Subscriptions and individual tickets for the 2016-2017 season can be purchased at http://www.matineemusicalecincinnati.org or by calling 859-781-0801.

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