Verdi's Requiem

Sunday October 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm:

Eun Sun Kim, conductor
Michelle Bradley, soprano
Ekaterina Semenchuk, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Polenzani, tenor
May Festival Chorus; Robert Porco, Chorus Director
Originally performed on May 18, 2018

Verdi's Requiem is a “bucket list” experience. A timeless work of raw emotion and musical genius, this performance by the May Festival Chorus features Michelle Bradley, a soprano of "gorgeous voice, rich, rounded, and violet colored" (New York Classical Review), the "rare dramatic depth" (Mundo Clasico) of mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Matthew Polenzani, "perhaps the finest tenor voice of his generation" (The Phoenix).


VERDI: Requiem Mass

Bernstein's Mass

Sunday October 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm:

Robert Porco, conductor
Kevin Vortmann, celebrant
May Festival Chorus; Robert Porco, Chorus Director
Cincinnati Children's Choir; Robyn Lana, artistic director
Originally performed on May 19, 2018

Leonard Bernstein’s MASS is a monumental undertaking, calling for a full orchestra, three choirs, dancers, a marching band, a rock band and more. Rarely presented due to its mammoth scale, immense scope and sheer volume of performers, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experience this incredible journey of questioning, faith and hope.



Juanjo Mena's Debut

Sunday October 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm:

Juanjo Mena, conductor
May Festival Chorus; Robert Porco, Chorus Director
Originally performed on May 25, 2018

Years ago, Juanjo Mena fell in love with the May Festival Chorus—through Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. Experience this lush and romantic ballet—along with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and the North American premiere of James MacMillan’s Credo—as we celebrate Juanjo’s first concert as May Festival Principal Conductor.


GABRIELI: Magnificat
BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms
JAMES MACMILLAN: Credo (North American Premiere)
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé [complete ballet]

The Storm that Built Music Hall

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Robert Porco, director
Chloe Briot and Leah Wool, sopranos
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Matthew Brook, baritone
Originally performed on November 4 & 5, 2017

Reuben Springer was inspired to fundraise for our treasured Music Hall by a thunderstorm—a tempest that pounded the tin roof of the temporary Saengerhalle and drowned out the voices of the May Festival Chorus. This concert program celebrates music performed during the May Festival’s stormy 1875 season, including Bach’s Magnificat, a Baroque-era treasure, and Brahms’ Triumphlied, a celebratory reflection on the Orchestra’s and the city’s German roots. Looking to the future, the May Festival premieres a choral commission by composer Julia Adolphe.


BACH: Magnificat, BWV 243
ADOLPHE: Equinox
BRAHMS: Triumphlied