Cincinnati May Festival 2017

Arts and Entertainment

April 20, 2017

From: May Festival


Friday, May 19, 2017

Beethoven Ninth Symphony

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9

Under the direction of Markus Stenz— a conductor celebrated especially for his mastery of the German repertoire—the 2017 Festival opens with a May Festival premiere: the first movement of Walter Braunfels’ Te Deum, music that powerfully articulates the German composer’s spiritual journey upon his return from the front line in the First World War. Beethoven’s remarkable “Ode to Joy” Symphony is among the best-loved symphonies of all time and an anthem to the dreams of all humankind to join together as one.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Serenade to Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Three Shakespeare Songs
MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We launch the Dream Project with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (containing the famous Wedding March)—in a rare moment to hear the gorgeous incidental music performed in its entirety. In this re-imagining of the May Festival experience, actors, spoken word, and visual enhancements complement enhance the drama of Shakespeare’s play as it blooms through and between the music.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Basilica Concert

Mendelssohn: Psalm 43, Richte mich, Gott Psalm 100, Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt Heilig ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth
Brahms:  Drei Gesänge (“Three Songs”), Op. 42
Bach: Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit

It’s a tradition—each May we fill the gorgeous Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption with song. This year’s sublime performance spans four centuries, from joyful music by Palestrina, Handl and Viadana, to heartfelt work by Mendelssohn and Brahms, to Bach’s profound message of hope. This concert showcases the May Festival Youth Chorus and the May Festival Chamber Choir.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cincinnati May Festival - The Dream of Gerontius

ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius

Arguably Elgar’s greatest work, the soaring music of The Dream of Gerontius traces the epic voyage of the soul. From prayerful longing to searing intensity, this sonic masterpiece speaks to all who seek to understand humanity and life’s meaning, regardless of background. The Dream of Gerontius is half of the May Festival’s Dream Project—two immersive concerts that weave together music, lighting, color and drama

Saturday, May 27, 2017

B Minor Mass

BACH: B Minor Mass

Harry Bicket, a celebrated interpreter of Baroque repertoire, joins with an exceptional cast to conduct a work that is the pinnacle of that period, Bach’s B Minor Mass. From its elaborate choral fugue on the Kyrie text and the intricate intertwining of voices in the “Crucifixus,” to the explosive “Et resurrexit” and the vigorous “Hosanna in excelsis,” to the exquisitely soaring “Dona nobis pacem,” this music is among the finest expressions of the choral Mass ever written—a masterwork for all times in the hands of a true master.

Date: May 19 - 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

Location: Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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