January 2013     

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Choral Calendar Update

Performances Ahead for Adult and Youth Choruses

Robert Porco to Conduct in February
On February 1 and 2, Robert Porco leads the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, glorious music that was written during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars and is hailed as Haydn's “greatest single composition.” Also on the program are Mozart’s dramatic Don Giovanni Overture, as well as the CSO’s Principal Oboist, Dwight Parry, featured on Mozart’s elegant Oboe Concerto. Click here for more information.  

Robert Porco

May Festival Youth Chorus featured in Conducting Workshop
On Sunday, January 20 Chorus Director James Bagwell and the May Festival Youth Chorus will participate in Chorus America’s Conducting Masterclass to be held at CCM. James Bagwell will be the Podium Coach in the afternoon and the Youth Chorus will work with the Masterclass conducting associates. This is a great opportunity for our high school students to work with a range of conductors on choral repertoire.
The event is not open to the public.

James Bagwell

One City, One Symphony Concert Available
As a gift to the community, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has released the live recording of the November One City, One Symphony concerts, available as a free download. This includes all four movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as well as Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, featuring Music Director Designate Louis Langrée conducting the Orchestra, the mighty May Festival Chorus and soloists Twyla Robinson, Kelley O’Connor, Dimitri Pittas, Morris Robinson and Brad Jungwirth.



WGUC Broadcasts Mahler Concert
On October 4 & 6 the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, women of the May Festival Chorus and Stephanie Blythe performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 under the direction of Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Mary Ellyn Hutton said in Music in Cincinnati, “It was a truly angelic movement…rendered beautifully by Blythe and the May Festival choristers.” Tune to WGUC (90.9) on Sunday, January 27 at 8 pm to hear the broadcast of this performance.

Stephanie Blythe

choral calendar Choral Music in Cincinnati
Check out the Greater Cincinnati Choral Calendar to see what concerts might interest you! On January 13 at 7:30 pm the Vocal Arts Ensemble will present The Divine Feminine. Guest conductor for this concert is Craig Hella Johnson, who leads Austin-based ensemble Conspirare, one of the nation’s most celebrated choral ensembles. The Choral Calendar has all the details. 

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