December 2012     

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upcoming May Festival Choruses Busy Holiday Season

There are many opportunities to hear both the May Festival Chamber Choir and the May Festival Youth Chorus in December! On Saturday, December 8 the Youth Chorus is performing on CCM’s Feast of Carols at 5 pm. The following day, Sunday December 9, they will perform at the Taft Museum of Art at 2:30 pm.

There are two chances to hear Handel’s Messiah on December 15 & 16 with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Chamber Choir, under the direction of Jane Glover. Click here for details.


giftA City That Sings Authors Discuss Book

On Sunday, December 16, the four authors of A City That Sings: Cincinnati’s Choral Tradition will share their insights at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Conversation beginning at 1 pm at Music Hall, prior to the performance of Handel’s Messiah. Frank Pendle, Karin Pendle, Craig Doolin and Catherine Roma wrote about the everyday people who gave their souls and voices to found and continue Cincinnati’s strong choral tradition. Following the conversation, the authors will be available in the lobby to sign copies of A City That Sings.

James Bagwell May Festival Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

May Festival has many gift possibilities for the music lovers in your life. Listen to this interview that was on WVXU’s Around Cincinnati earlier this week to hear about gift ideas.

Consider purchasing a Festival Pass – four flexible vouchers that can be used for any of the concerts in Music Hall. The cost of four passes in the Orchestra or Balcony is $230 (only $57.50 per seat) and $180 in the Gallery (only $45 per seat). Click here for information on all the 2013 May Festival concerts.

Consider giving our two CDs, so your family and friends can enjoy the sounds of the Chorus all season long: Christmas with The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus ($15) or Home for the Holidays ($16). Purchase CDs by calling 513.381.3300.

choral calendar Choral Music in Cincinnati

Choral music abounds this month. Check out the Greater Cincinnati Choral Calendar to see what concerts might interest you! On December 15 & 16 the Vocal Arts Ensemble will present A Candlelit Christmas. Joining VAE this season is the Cincinnati Boychoir, VAE’s Artistic Partner for the 2012–2013 Season, presenting cherished holiday music. Christopher Eanes conducts what will be unforgettable evenings of music. The Choral Calendar has location and time details.

May Festival Soloist at the Met

Tenor Alek Shrader can be heard on WGUC in December on the Metropolitan Opera’s Radio Broadcast. On December 22 at 1pm you can hear him sing the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and on December 29 at 1 pm you can hear him in the role of Ferdinand in Adès’ The Tempest.

Alek Shrader

Alek Shrader ©Peter Schaaf

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