James Conlon announces programs and artists for 2016 Cincinnati May Festival, May 20-28, 2016

Honoring James Conlon's Final Season as Music Director


For Maestro Conlon's last May Festival in his extraordinary 37-year tenure, this coming season pays homage to his unprecedented tenure, with programs that recall artistic milestones and audience favorites from the past four decades.

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Tuition-free choir program launches for kids in public schools

Janelle Gelfand


Sarah Grogan, a Cincinnati native, is the new director of a new choral program that will launch in January in two Cincinnati Public Schools. Three local arts groups – Cincinnati Children's Choir, Cincinnati May Festival and the Vocal Arts Ensemble – are partnering to launch the Cincinnati Choral Academy. The program, modeled after the acclaimed Venezuelan instrumental program called El Sistema, will begin with third grade students at Carson Elementary School in West Price Hill and Pleasant Hill School in College Hill.

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

Janelle Gelfand


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.

May Festival 2016


Surround Yourself in Song at the 2016 May Festival! America's premier choral festival returns for the last concerts in Music Hall before the renovation. Honoring James Conlon's final season as Music Director.