2019 Program Guide

May Festival 2019

Mark Simpson’s The Immortal will receive its U.S. Premiere under the direction of Juanjo Mena on Friday, May 17.

Greetings from the Principal Conductor

It is always a thrill to be with you in Cincinnati and I am honored to work with the dedicated and talented musicians of the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Greetings From the Board Chair and Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Administration, welcome to the 2019 May Festival and the City that Sings!

Otherwordly Sound: New Oratorio Considers Age-Old Mystery of Life After Death

by David Lewellen

Over the centuries, composers have written many choral works on the themes of death, mourning and the afterlife. But the Music Hall audience on May 17 will hear something distinctly different in British composer Mark Simpson’s The Immortal, an oratorio for baritone soloist, double chorus and orchestra.