Cincinnati May Festival 2015

Arts and Entertainment

April 17, 2015

From: Cincinnati May Festival

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 22, 2015

8 pm: Haydn The Creation

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
Amanda Woodbury, soprano
Ben Bliss, tenor
Kristinn Sigmundsson, bass
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

In his splendid Creation, Haydn employs passage after passage of rich musical imagery, including sinuous chromatic harmonies depicting the emergence from darkness of the heavens and the earth; the thrilling C Major sunburst at the chorus' declaration of "And there was Light"; whimsical portraits of the creatures of the sea, air and land; and the glowing and gently lyrical rendering of Adam and Eve's awakening and newfound love.

Pre-Concert Recital 7 pm Music Hall
Rebecca Evans, soprano
Free to concert ticketholders

Location: Music Hall

Tickets: $12-125

Saturday, May 23, 2015

8 pm: Rule, Britannia

HANDEL Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-3
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony

Robert Porco conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
Rebecca Evans, soprano
Roderick Williams, baritone
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Handel's first commission as a new citizen of the British Empire was to compose four celebratory anthems for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline. Three of the four magnificent anthems open this evening's program. For Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, his first large-scale composition, the composer selected verses from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and Passage to India.

Pre-Concert Recital 7 pm Music Hall
Ben Bliss, tenor

Location: Music Hall

Tickets: $12-125

Sunday, May 24, 2015

8 pm: Special Performance Basilica Concert

James Bagwell conducting
Robert Porco conducting
May Festival Youth Chorus, James Bagwell, Director
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director

The annual Sunday evening journey to Covington's exquisite Cathedral, home to the world's largest handmade church stained glass window, is always a special treat for both audience and performers.

The May Festival Youth Chorus and the May Festival Chamber Choir will again delight audiences in this extraordinary setting with a program of choral gems, including a glorious Bach cantata.

Location: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Tickets: $40

Friday, May 29, 2015

8 pm: Berlioz Requiem

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
Vocal Arts Ensemble, Craig Hella Johnson, Music Director
Barry Banks, tenor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz transformed the traditional Mass for the Dead into an intensely human experience that would reflect, as he said, "mankind gathered together on the last day," one by which the listener would be "shaken to the depths of his soul." From the somber, halting Requiem aeternam, to the thunderous Dies irae, to the radiant "Amens," this music is grand in scale (the score calls for four brass bands, 16 timpani, a massive chorus…) and simply breathtaking.

Pre-Concert Recital 7 pm Music Hall
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Free to concert ticketholders

Location: Music Hall

Tickets: $12-125

Saturday, May 30, 2015

8 pm: Russian Night

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar
MUSSORGSKY Selections from Khovanshchina
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

James Conlon conducting
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, Director
Mikhail Kolelishvili, bass
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

This all-Russian program features works that plumb the depths and soar to the heights of the Russian human experience. The Babi Yar Symphony memorializes the innocent Russians executed at Babi Yar during World War II and reveals other torments, and triumphs, of the human spirit. Khovanshchina speaks of the rebellion against Peter the Great and his attempts to westernize Russia, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture commemorates the Russian defeat of Napoleon's invading forces.

Pre-Concert Recital 7 pm Music Hall
Barry Banks, tenor
Free to concert ticketholders

Location: Music Hall

Tickets: $12-125

Date: May 22 - 30, 2015

Locations:
Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave Covington, KY

For Details: http://www.mayfestival.com/2015/index.html