February 2013     

New Partnership  |  Carnegie Hall Update  |  WGUC Broadcast  |  Guest Artist Update

VAE New Strategic Alliance with Vocal Arts Ensemble

Cincinnati May Festival and the Vocal Arts Ensemble have announced the formation of a joint partnership to share administrative services between the two organizations. The two organizations will continue to utilize separate boards, budgets and artistic leadership, but will take advantage of shared back-office services now enjoyed by the May Festival and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, who already operate with a shared-services agreement. Read the full media release here.

SpringSpring for Music Announcement

The May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will perform on May 9, 2014 in Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring For Music Festival. The repertoire to be performed has significant ties to the history of the May Festival. Robert Nathaniel Dett’s oratorio, The Ordering of Moses, was given its world premiere in the 1937 May Festival, when racial segregation strangled the nation. The oratorio depicts the longing for freedom from bondage. The other piece to be performed is the 20th Century American choral masterwork Harmonium by composer John Adams. Read the full media release here.

One City, One Symphony Concert Available
On November 15, 17 & 18, 2012 the May Festival performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by Louis Langrée. Soloists were Twyla Robinson, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; Dmitri Pittas, tenor and Morris Robinson, bass. The men of the Chorus also performed Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw. This concert will be broadcast by WGUC on Sunday, February 17 at 8 pm.
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May Festival Guest Artist Update
Christine Brewer stars in the new opera, based on John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt, with Minnesota Opera. Mike Silverman of the Daily Journal wrote, “It's in these later scenes that Cuomo gives Brewer a chance to exploit her plush upper register to its fullest. And her soaring vocal line as she moves toward victory and then gives voice to doubt imbue her character with a kind of tragic grandeur that words alone could not achieve.” Full review is available here.

Christine Brewer

Phillip Addis

Phillip Addis will be performing the role of Sid in Pacific Opera Victoria’s upcoming production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Albert Herring. Addis finds Britten’s music flattering for the voice — “often beautiful, sometimes hilarious or cheeky, always with real character to the lines, a lot of fun but also very satisfying.” He admires Britten’s gift for setting English texts, too, and for conveying musically the often profound messages behind those texts: “There is something clear and true and honest that I love in his music.” The full article can be found here.

Christine Brewer and Phillip Addis will be performing on May 11 in the Britten War Requiem.

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