May Festival Announces Lineup for 150th Anniversary Showcase

In addition to the May concert series, the festival will also host a free community choral showcase in March.

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The May Festival announced its lineup for its annual concert series this spring.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the festival, with a lineup including Bach’s "Magnificat" on Friday, May 19; Marin Alsop: American Voices on Saturday, May 20; Mozart’s "Requiem" on Thursday, May 25 and Mahler’s "Symphony of a Thousand" on Saturday, May 27. Each performance will be held at Music Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. on their respective dates.

The May Festival will also livestream the performance of Bach’s "Magnificat" on May 19 starting at 7:30 p.m. You can see more information about the livestream here.

In addition to the May programs, organizers also announced a free community choral showcase in honor of the May Festival’s commissioning legacy and in celebration of Cincinnati as one of America’s choral epicenters. Nineteen local choral ensembles will perform at Christ Church Cathedral (318 E. Fourth St., Downtown) on Sunday, March 19 starting at 2 p.m. The showcase will be emceed by WGUC’s Elaine Diehl, Alecia Kintner from ArtsWave and local choral community leader Dr. William Henry Caldwell.

Ensembles will put on 20-minute mini-concerts, which will also showcase 25 new choral works from composers with Luna Composition Lab as part of the festival’s 25 for 25: A New Time for Choral Music commissioning project. While the event is free, organizers recommend registering, which you can do here.

And on Saturday, April 1, the festival will also host a concert, Vaulted Voices, at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church (1345 Grace Ave., Hyde Park), featuring conductors Robert Porco and Matthew Swanson. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are free, but a $25 donation per ticket is encouraged.

Tickets for individual May Festival concerts are on sale now. You can buy them online, over the phone at 513-381-3300 or at the Music Hall Box Office.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. More information on the May Festival:

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