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The Chamber Music Network of Greater Cincinnati had its fifth annual Chamber Palooza, at the Cincinnati Art Museum Great Hall on September 11. Matinee Musicale Cincinnati (MMC) is one of the groups in this network of small ensembles. Such affiliations are providing Matinee Musicale members opportunities to perform with other organizations.

Members (italicized below) of Matinee Musicale Cincinnati who were performers in this FREE Chamber Palooza concert:

~Bernice Robinson, cello, with Christine Nichols, violin
~Don Hurd, piano, with Laura Hoevenaar, mezzo soprano
~Suzanne Bona, flute, with Richard Goering, guitar

Their photos follow below..


~~Laura Hoevenaar and Don Hurd's Program:
Après un Rêve, (“After a Dream”) Op. 7, no. 1 Gabriel Fauré/Bussine

Wie Melodien zieht es mir, (“Like Melodies”) Op. 105, no. 1 Johannes Brahms/Groth

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 5, no.2 Roger Quilter/Tennyson

Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix, (“My Heart at thy Sweet Voice”) Camille Saint-Saëns/Lemaire

Londonderry Air, (“DannyBoy”) Old Irish Air, arr. Fritz Kreisler

~Laura J. Hoevenaar (mezzo-soprano) resides in Maineville, OH . She is a member of the Cincinnati Opera AGMA chorus and also serves as a guest soloist for various choruses in the area. Ms. Hoevenaar holds a regular soloist position at the Christian Science church in Hyde Park and teaches private voice lessons full-time.

~Violinist/ pianist/organist/singer, Donald A. Hurd, is one of our newest Matinée Musicale members, and the new Recording Secretary and Program Chairman. Don is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University. His first professional musical experiences were with The Lamplighters, San Francisco’s resident Gilbert & Sullivan company, first as a violinist, then as a tour pianist/conductor, then as a member of the chorus. (He recently sang in the chorus for HMS Pinafore with Cincinnati Music Theatre.) After many years as an orchestral musician in the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony, and as an organist for many Cincinnati churches, (including Holy Cross/Immaculata, St. George, St. Elizabeth, Norwood, Plum Street Temple, Montgomery Community Baptist, Covenant-First Presbyterian Church,) he became the strolling “gypsy” violinist for Vinoklet Winery, located near Northgate Mall. Currently, he is the pianist for the Camilli Chamber Ensemble, organist for First Church of Christ, Scientist, Hyde Park, and Christ Church, United Church of Christ in Ft. Thomas, KY. He is a great fan of Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio and greatly enjoys singing and performing opera and operetta music.

~~Suzanne Bona and Richard Goering's Chamber Music performance included:
A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING by Frederic Hand (b.1947)

MUSIQUES POPULAIRES BRÉSILIENNES: Algodão doce, Quebra Queixo, Sambossa and Paçoca by Celso Machado (b.1953)

~Suzanne Bona is a classically trained flutist. She studied in New York City as a teenager, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from The University of Connecticut. After graduating, she continued private musical studies with Thomas Nyfenger. She has performed throughout Connecticut, New York and Ohio with orchestras, chamber groups and as a soloist. She frequently collaborates with guitarist Richard Goering, and she is currently principal flutist in Cincinnati's Seven Hills Sinfonietta. Suzanne is also host the host and executive producer of Sunday Baroque, a public radio showcase of Baroque and early music, which has been heard on classical radio stations across the United States since 1998. A classical music broadcaster since 1987, Suzanne began her radio career at WSHU in her hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut, where she created Sunday Baroque and was the Program Director until 1996, when she joined the staff at Classical 90.9 WGUC Cincinnati.

~Richard Goering was moved to play the guitar after seeing the Beatles’ first television performances. Two years later, after watching films of Andres Segovia masterclasses in Santiago de Compostela, he began to study classical guitar. He performs a seamless blend of classical, Latin, and jazz guitar styles, prompting one critic to write that “the guitar is for our time but it is also for all time.”(Louisville Courier Journal) Comfortable in many venues, Richard has performed to enthusiastic responses in outreach settings and on concert series both in the U.S. and internationally, solo and with other instrumentalists. “Beautiful sounds, elegant, well constructed phrases.” (Corriere della Sera, Rome) Believing that now is the best time to be a guitarist, his arrangements and improvisations - on the music of Ellington, Bonfa, the Beatles, and Clapton - and his passion move audiences. “…rhythmic verve.” (American Record Guide)

Matinee Musicale Chamber Music Performers for
Chamber Palooza

Christine Nichols and Bernice Robinson, Laura Hoevenaar and Don Hurd, Suzanne Bona and Richard Goering

Christine Nichols and Bernice Robinson for Chamber Palooza Laura Hoevenaar for Chamber Palooza Don Hurd for Chamber Palooza

Richard Goering and Suzanne Bona for Chamber Palooza

Hickory Hills Chamber Players

Hickory Hill Chamber Players present an afternoon of chamber music in concert twice each year during the Spring and Fall seasons.

For the Sunday June 5, 2011 Spring concert Matinee Musicale member, solo and chamber music performer, teacher and pianist Marjorie Fryxell will be performing on the program along with Ronald Aufmann, bass clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, faculty member at the College-Conservatory of Music and Northern Kentucky University; Mary Henderson Stucky, concert artist mezzo-soprano, professor and chair of the voice department at the College-Conservatory of Music; Rodney Stucky, lute, who directs singers at the Early Music Lab and teaches guitar at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra members Rebecca Kruger Fryxell, violin and Stephen Fryxell, viola; and sixteen year old junior at Sycamore High School, principal cellist at the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Benjamin Fryxell, cello.


It will be a perfect time for those present to enjoy chamber music in such a lovely setting as they perform the Martinu Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, the 17th century Le Roi Airs de Cour with Lute, and the Mozart Piano Quartet in Eb, K. 493.


Martinu, 1890-1959, was a Czech composer who lived in Paris between 1923 and 1940. He was a close colleague of the group Les Six. In this piece you can hear French music of the time and folk like melodies of his homeland.

Mozart's instrument was the forte-piano. This quartet was written shortly after the composer completed the Marriage of Figaro and shares some of the subversive music of the opera. The virtuoso display in the piano culminates in a sparkling rondo finale.

In the seventeenth century Adrian Le Roy published his work of twenty two court songs with lute accompaniment. This was a genre that lasted for eighty years.

Come and enjoy the Hickory Hills Chamber Players in concert at 3:00 P.M. 8430 Old Hickory Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio. Donations are $10.00. For reservations, please call 513/791-8198. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Benefit Chamber Music Concert for the Literary Council

helping adults learn to read and write

Music Among Friends

Sunday June 12 at 4 P.M.
at the St. John Fisher Church
3227 Church Street, Newtown, OH

Matinee Musicale musicians who will be performing are: outstanding flutist Suzanne Bona and pianist Marjorie Fryxell. Other marvelous local performers on the program include renowned pianist Sandra Rivers, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra members Steve Fryxell and Rebecca Kruger Fryxell, cellist Benjamin Fryxell, guitarist Richard Goering, vocalist Annette Shepherd and pianist Tom Schneider.

There's a little something for everyone ... Mozart, Chopin, Peter Schickele, Bossa Nova and jazz. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of chamber music in a pleasant and comfortable environment -- the church is air conditioned, and parking is free and plentiful.

For tickets sold in advance there is a $5 discount per ticket over the door price.

Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance, and can be purchased online at

If you prefer, you can send a check to the Literacy Council office at 756 Old St. Rt. 74 Cincinnati, OH 45245 Adult tickets purchased at the door will be $25; all student/child tickets are $15.

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