Honoring James Conlon
One Extraordinary Life
James Conlon, Music Director of the Cincinnati May Festival, announces the programs and artists for the 2016 Cincinnati May Festival, scheduled for May 20-28, 2016, the final May Festival in his extraordinary 37-year tenure as Music Director. Mr. Conlon is the longest-serving artistic leader in May Festival history, and among the longest-tenured music directors of any major classical music institution in the country.
Packing up to preserve a musical treasure
Stacks of orchestra music waiting to be cataloged. Boxes and rolls of blue tape. Leaky ceilings. A room of musical scores that looks like it’s been hit by a hurricane.
Since summer, three librarians at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra have been up against a daunting deadline. They are trying to put up to a million pieces of music into as much order as possible by Monday, when it all has to be moved out of Music Hall to prepare for the historic hall’s renovation in June.