Community Sing event

Wilks Studio, Music Hall - Free

Raise your voice alongside the May Festival Chorus during Handel’s Messiah on May 26, 2018 and at our MessiahCommunity Sing on January 13, 2018!

May Festival Announces Details for its 2018 Return to Renovated Music Hall

New Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena makes exciting May Festival debut

Welcome to the May Festival’s first season in Music Hall following the building’s incredible renovation. We are thrilled to invite you back to this treasured National Historic Landmark, originally constructed for the May Festival.

The Storm that Built Music Hall

November 04 - 05

Reuben Springer was inspired to fundraise for our treasured Music Hall by a thunderstorm—a tempest that pounded the tin roof of the temporary Saengerhalle and drowned out the voices of the May Festival Chorus. This weekend’s program celebrates music performed during the May Festival’s stormy 1875 season, including Bach’s Magnificat, a Baroque-era treasure, and Brahms’ Triumphlied, a celebratory reflection on the Orchestra’s and the city’s German roots. Looking to the future, the May Festival premieres a choral commission by composer Julia Adolphe.

A New Stage in History - 1718 Music Hall Season


Music Hall’s resident companies shine in five weeks of grand opening events, beginning with the CSO Season Opener on OCT 6-7 and a Community Open House on OCT 7. 

A storm in 1873 'built' Music Hall.

CSO, May Festival team to recreate fateful concert

If it weren't for a stormy night and a tin roof, would Cincinnati have Music Hall? 

For the finale of the five-weekend celebration of the $143 million restoration of the building, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is turning to the venerable hall’s genesis.

Music Comes Home

It's a homecoming over a decade in the making. 

Conductor change for Verdi Requiem

James Levine will not be conducting the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in May 2018, as was previously announced. The concert performance of Verdi’s Requiem will take place as scheduled on May 18, 2018. A replacement conductor will be announced at a future date.

May Festival Dream Project

Dream with us. The May Festival presents The Dream Project on May 20 & 26 at the Taft Theatre.