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One City, One Symphony – November 15, 17, 18

Music Director Designate Louis Langrée joins the musical forces of the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the well-loved masterpiece, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, a celebration of universal brotherhood culminating in the “Ode to Joy.” Schoenberg’s poignant testimonial of courage brings the program full circle, a voyage from unimaginable darkness to insurmountable joy. Join us for this new community-wide initiative to bring people together through music: One City, One Symphony.



2013 Season

Subscription Renewals Deadline Extended

The 2013 May Festival subscription renewal deadline has been extended until Friday, November 9. The season offers two of the choral music world’s masterful Requiems on Weekend One – Mozart and Britten showcase two very different monumental works. Weekend Two highlights the mythical tales and stories that music help bring to life from Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex to the Grand Opera Choruses of Verdi and Wagner. Let May Festival inspire you!



Relive the 2012 May Festival

WGUC (90.9 FM) will broadcast the 2012 May Festival concerts on Sunday evenings in November at 7:30 pm. All programs feature the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. More information can be found on WGUC’s website.

  • November 4 – Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces; Orff: Carmina Burana
  • November 11 – Poulenc: Gloria; Duruflé: Requiem
  • November 18 – Bach: Cantata No. 192; Beethoven: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; Brahms: A German Requiem
  • November 25 – Tchaikovsky: Moscow Cantata, Romeo and Juliet Love Duet, Choruses & Arias from Iolanta, Eugene Onegin, and The Queen of Spades




Metropolitan Opera Connections

Two of this season’s guest artists will be making their May Festival debuts and will be performing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera this fall. Soprano Janai Brugger makes her Metropolitan Opera debut on October 30 in the role of Lui in Puccini’s Turandot. She discussed her debut in The New York Times.

Tenor Alek Shrader made his Metropolitan Opera debut on October 23 in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest. The NY Times review was enthusiastic about this new production and the role of Ferdinand was “sung by the appealing, sweet-voiced tenor Alek Shrader in his Met debut.” This production is part of the Met’s Live in HD series and will be shown locally in theatres on Saturday, November 10, at 12:55 pm. Screenings will be held at the Springdale Showcase Cinemas, Western Hills 14, Florence 14 and Newport on the Levee theatres.

Both Ms. Brugger and Mr. Shrader will perform in Cincinnati on Opening Night, May 10, in the Mozart Requiem.


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