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WEDNESDAY MAY 7 Opening Night

Music Hall 8 pm

JOHN ADAMS Harmonium
R. NATHANIEL DETT The Ordering of Moses

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
Latonia Moore, soprano
Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Donnie Ray Albert, bass
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Ordering of Moses, a work by Robert Nathaniel Dett that weaves the story of Moses leading the Jews to freedom with African-American spirituals, received its world premiere at the 1937 May Festival. The performance created quite a stir in the musical world, causing critics to rave and audience members to jump from their seats with standing ovations wanting more!

However, the work also caused controversy across the country. The world premiere was broadcast live nationwide via NBC radio, but the show was interrupted. It has been suggested that it was cut short as a concession to objections voiced by callers to the network. The May Festival’s performance of The Ordering of Moses was likely the first network classical music broadcast of a major work by a black composer.

The concert opens with the 20th-century American choral masterwork Harmonium by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams. This iconic work provides a visionary look at love, death, and the intensity of sexual longing and ecstasy.

Click here for more information on The Ordering of Moses and Nathaniel Dett.

Pre-Concert Recital 7 pm Music Hall
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Free to concert ticketholders


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Performance Sponsors:

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Carl Jacobs Foundation
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With support from National Endowment for the Arts

FRIDAY MAY 9 Spring for Music Festival

Carnegie Hall 7:30 pm

JOHN ADAMS Harmonium
R. NATHANIEL DETT The Ordering of Moses

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
Latonia Moore, soprano
Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Donnie Ray Albert, bass
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Ordering of Moses, a work by Robert Nathaniel Dett that weaves the story of Moses leading the Jews to freedom with African-American spirituals, received its world premiere at the 1937 May Festival. The performance created quite a stir in the musical world, causing critics to rave and audience members to jump from their seats with standing ovations wanting more!

However, the work also caused controversy across the country. The world premiere was broadcast live nationwide via NBC radio, but the show was interrupted. It has been suggested that it was cut short as a concession to objections voiced by callers to the network. The May Festival’s performance of The Ordering of Moses was likely the first network classical music broadcast of a major work by a black composer.

The concert opens with the 20th-century American choral masterwork Harmonium by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams. This iconic work provides a visionary look at love, death, and the intensity of sexual longing and ecstasy.

Click here for more information on The Ordering of Moses and Nathaniel Dett.


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Concert Sponsors:
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The May Festival Youth Chorus is proudly sponsored by SCRIPPS HOWARD FOUNDATION
SUNDAY MAY 11

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption 8 pm

May Festival Youth Chorus:
DAWSON I Wan' to be Ready
DETT Ave Maria
MOORE We Shall Walk through the Valley

May Festival Chamber Choir:
THOMSON 4 Hymns from the Old South: Death 'Tis a Melancholy Day; Green Fields, My Shepherd Will Supply, Morning Star
COPLAND 4 Motets
JAKE RUNESTAD I Will Lift Mine Eyes
ERIC WHITACRE Lux Aurumque
HOGAN This Little Light of Mine, I Can Tell the World; My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord

James Bagwell conducting
Robert Porco conducting

May Festival Youth Chorus, James Bagwell, Director
May Festival Chamber Choir, Robert Porco, Director

The annual Sunday evening journey to Covington’s exquisite Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is always a special treat for both audience and performers. Last year The Cincinnati Enquirer affirmed, “…each (selection) unfolded with more beauty than the last…You could only bask in the glow of the plush choral sounds in the cathedral space.”

The May Festival Youth Chorus and the May Festival Chamber Choir will again delight audiences in this extraordinary setting. This year these ensembles will perform works by American composers including Copland, Dawson, Dett, Hogan, Moore, Jake Runestad, Thomson and Eric Whitacre.


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FRIDAY MAY 16

Music Hall 8 pm

TCHAIKOVSKY Ode to Joy Cantata
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, Choral

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
May Festival Youth Chorus, James Bagwell, Director
Erin Wall, soprano
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Kristinn Sigmundsson, bass
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven’s masterful celebration of universal brotherhood, whose remarkable “Ode to Joy” is perhaps the most familiar and beloved tune ever written, kicks off our second weekend of concerts. This enormously powerful work has been performed to mark many momentous occasions—from the beginning of the May Festival in 1873 to the opening of the United Nations and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Tchaikovsky used the same “Ode to Joy” text in the cantata he composed for his graduation examination. Upon hearing the work, Herman Laroche, the great Russian music critic, proclaimed to Tchaikovsky that “the standard you have set so far simply towers above the most promising of your contemporaries” and predicted that Tchaikovsky would become the greatest Russian composer.

Pre-Concert Recital 7 pm Music Hall
Amanda Woodbury
Free to concert ticketholders


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Concert Sponsor:
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SATURDAY MAY 17

Music Hall 8 pm

MAHLER Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
Nashville Symphony Chorus, Kelly Corcoran, Chorus Director
Cincinnati Children's Choir, Robyn Lana, Artistic Director
Erin Wall, soprano
Tracy Cox, soprano
Amanda Woodbury, soprano
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone
Kristinn Sigmundsson, bass
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Massive in scale and unparalleled in scope, Mahler’s glorious Symphony No. 8, popularly known as the “Symphony of a Thousand,” is one of the most celebrated works in the history of choral music and the crowning achievement of the composer’s career. Mahler described it as “the greatest work I have ever made.”

Due to the enormous forces required to perform the work, performances of Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” tend to be associated with celebratory events and to mark special occasions around the world. A typical concertgoer normally hears this work only once in a generation; Cincinnati audiences are fortunate—the May Festival is one of the few musical organizations able to program it with any sort of regularity. With the spectacle of more than 500 performers on the Music Hall stage, this is truly a grand finale for a grand occasion—the celebration of James Conlon’s historic 35-year history as Music Director!

Pre-Concert Recital 7 pm Music Hall
Kristinn Sigmundsson
Free to concert ticketholders


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Concert Sponsors:
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SUNDAY MAY 18 Encore Performance

Music Hall 2 pm

TCHAIKOVSKY Ode to Joy Cantata
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, Choral

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
May Festival Youth Chorus, James Bagwell, Director
Erin Wall, soprano
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Kristinn Sigmundsson, bass
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven’s masterful celebration of universal brotherhood, whose remarkable “Ode to Joy” is perhaps the most familiar and beloved tune ever written, kicks off our second weekend of concerts. This enormously powerful work has been performed to mark many momentous occasions—from the beginning of the May Festival in 1873 to the opening of the United Nations and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Tchaikovsky used the same “Ode to Joy” text in the cantata he composed for his graduation examination. Upon hearing the work, Herman Laroche, the great Russian music critic, proclaimed to Tchaikovsky that “the standard you have set so far simply towers above the most promising of your contemporaries” and predicted that Tchaikovsky would become the greatest Russian composer.

Pre-Concert Recital 1 pm Music Hall
Sara Murphy
Free to concert ticketholders


Artists subject to change.