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The world is discovering what Cincinnatians have known since 1873. Last year, The New York Times and members of the international press wrote glowing reviews of the oldest choral festival this side of the globe…the stars have aligned at the May Festival.

Janelle Gelfand
Cincinnati Enquirer

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In The News

Conlon to head Italy's high-profile radio orchestra

May Festival's Conlon stepping down after 2016 season

Amanda Woodbury: May Festival solo for a rising voice

Glittery crowd celebrates May Festival, Cincy in NYC

Live Broadcast: Cincinnati Symphony Plays John Adams and a Dett Oratorio

Sonic Spectrum Spring for Music Festival

Conlon's 35 years with May Festival: 'Astounded'

Classical TV interview with James Conlon

NPR piece on Dett's oratorio

Cincinnati takes over New York City

Historic Oratorio Takes the Stage Locally and in New York

Cincinnati vs. New York City

Cincy in NYC: Meet the cast

Cocktails Manhattan Style

Broadway World Carnegie Hall rehearsal photos

Five reasons to rock the May Festival

A Rare American Oratorio at Carnegie Hall

May Festival Takes Moses to Manhattan

James Conlon at the May Festival: 35 Years Young

Spring for Music–Symphony Magazine

Spring for Music plans one last lineup

From Past to Future Tense

Queen City Acts Head to Big Apple

Patrons of the arts awarded for support

Festival Features Rarities

May Festival Parties

HUC-JIR’s highest honor goes to Maestro James Conlon

Ed Stern Adds Theatrical Flourish to May Festival

Conlon Honored by Hebrew Union College

May Festival Opening Gala

James Conlon Arts Advocate

May Festival Chorus Reaches Crunch Time

New to May Festival? Here are some tips!

May Festival 2013 Peeks Outside the Box

May Festival Weekend 2 Preview (video)

May Festival Weekend 1 Preview (video)

May Festival Keeps Conlon

May Festival Musical Chairs

New Alliance for May Festival

Recital Offers Preview of May Festival Tenor

James Conlon Extends Contract in LA

A Choral Partnership

Enjoy world-class acoustics at Music Hall

Janai Brugger Discusses her Approaching Met Debut

Christine Goerke – Dramatic Destination

One City, One Symphony

The Queen City Keeps on Singing

Cincinnati May Festival to Celebrate Britten, Verdi & Wagner

May Festival Announces 2013 Season

May Festival Extends Porco’s Contract

Bagwell a Rising Star

James Conlon: May Festival's musical force

The Cincinnati May Festival is 139

Tenor Rodrick Dixon Reaches Lofty Heights (pdf)

Montgomery Residents celebrate May Festival Milestones (pdf)

Sacred to Strong (pdf)

Book looks at locals and their vocals (pdf)

Great Sampler Sing-Along (pdf)

Great Talent From All Over The World

Interview with John Relyea

Motors & Music on the Road Again

James Conlon - Music Director, Conductor, Blogger…

Calling All Conductors

CSO, May Festival trip to Carnegie Hall postponed a year

CSO Announces 2012-13 Season (pdf)

Nicole Cabell: Chicago’s un-diva opera star

John Relyea – Conquering Attila

Making Waves: May Festival Chorus Members Build Community

11 High Notes of the Year in Classical Music

New Pops Album (pdf)

A City in Song (pdf)

Sing-along Messiah in Mason

Three Opera Stars Debut in New Year (pdf)

CSO Guest Conductor Returns

Robert Porco Honored (pdf)

Steubenville Native Honored by Chorus America (pdf)

porcoRobert Porco, Director of Choruses, wins Chorus America ’s 2011 Michael Korn Founders Award for Lifetime Achievement. (video)


Mozart the CatMeow: Mozart Cat





May Festival 2011 Season


May Festival opens in grand fashion (pdf)
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer

Powerful Verdi Opens May Festival
Mary Ellen Hutton, ConcertoNet.com

May Festival off to impressive season (pdf)
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer

May Festival Taps Eastern Europe
Mary Ellen Hutton, ConcertoNet.com

Basilica again gracious May Festival host (pdf)
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer

Mayfest delights with fantastic, sad fairytale (pdf)
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer

Sacred and Profane at the Cincinnati May Festival
Mary Ellen Hutton, ConcertoNet.com

May Festival finale a feast of vocal talent (pdf)
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer

Vocal Heights Top Off Cincinnati May Festival
Mary Ellen Hutton, ConcertoNet.com


Mahler and ‘the Lovely Bone’ at the May Festival

May Festival soloist credits school choir for his success

Lawrence Brownlee—Above the Law

May Festival’s Motors & Music Big Success

Christine Brewer – Soprano soared out of small town Illinois (pdf)

Loveland singer will solo in May Festival (pdf)

Three generations trumpet the May Festival (pdf)

May Festival Singers Celebrate 40 Years

Conductor Conlon Keeps Focus on Music (pdf)

Lawrence Brownlee Makes May Festival Debut

Robert Porco Wins 2011 Chorus America Lifetime Achievement Award (pdf)

Insider's Guide to May Festival

May Festival to lift voices in Carnegie Hall

May Festival Chorus Gets Carnegie Bid

James Conlon receives two awards in L.A.

A Heavenly Chorus Since 1873

James Conlon receives lifetime achievement award from the Italian Institute of Culture

A 2010 May Festival Photo Album on Cincinnati.com



luceroBob Lucero reflects on his 40 years in May Festival