Arts and Entertainment
April 19, 2016From: May Festival
Schedule of Events:
Fri. May 20, 2016
8:00 PM: MOZART MASS
This all-Mozart evening features seminal works by this celebrated composer, including a favorite of audiences the world over: Exsultate, jubilate (“Exult, rejoice”) with its exuberant “Alleluia.” Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor closes the program with drama and expressiveness—this masterworks is packed with mighty choruses, ornate solos, and magnificent orchestral sonorities.
MOZART: Ave verum corpus, K. 618
MOZART: Exsultate jubilate, K. 165
MOZART: “Great” Mass in C Minor, K. 427
Sat. May 21, 2016
8:00 PM: VERDI: OTELLO
James Conlon’s affinity for Verdi operas is on display with the Italian master’s Otello, a story of pride, deceit, jealousy and passion. Soloists bring each character to life—the brave general Otello, his beloved Desdemona, the villainous Iago, and more—with singing of spectacular virtuosity and extraordinary beauty.
Sun. May 22, 2016
8:00 PM: BASILICA CONCERT
Single Tickets on sale March 10, 2016.
James Conlon has championed the work of many composers over the years, including the two featured on this evening’s concert. Julia Adolphe, whose music has been described as “alive with invention,” is a rising star of the compositional world. Alvin Singleton, who composed the celebratory PraiseMaker for the Festival’s 125th Anniversary in 1998, is a life-long friend of Maestro Conlon’s and a renowned composer lauded for his fresh, original work.
Commissioned work by Julia Adolphe
Commissioned work by Alvin Singleton
Location: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
Tickets: Adult - $40
Fri. May 27, 2016
8:00 PM: DVOŘÁK STABAT MATER
Dvořák wrote one of his most beautiful creations at a time of great personal grief. Yet, his Stabat Mater embodies the journey out of mourning toward hopefulness and the promise of Paradise. Rife with symbolism, the music vividly represents each moment of the Crucifixion, from Mary’s tears and Jesus’ march toward the cross to the comforting voices of angels. This rarely performed and deeply moving work is simply exquisite—a “must-hear” of the 2016 season.
Sat. May 28, 2016
8:00 PM: MENDELSSOHN ELIJAH
Mendelssohn’s epic masterpiece Elijah is among the best-loved works ever performed at the May Festival, and a fitting finale to this Festival and to Maestro Conlon’s tenure. Based on passages found in the Old Testament, Elijah tells the tale of one of the Bible’s most influential prophets: his curse, his miracles, his struggles, and ultimately his ascent to Heaven in a flaming chariot.
Date: May 20 - 28, 2016
Music Hall 141 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH – 45202
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption 1101 Madison Avenue Covington, KY – 41011
For Details: http://www.mayfestival.com/