May Festival Season Announced


The May Festival is re-imagined in 2017, building on the city’s incredible singing tradition with fresh collaborations and inspiring music-making by the May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Join us in the immersive and intimate warmth of the Taft Theatre as we celebrate the voice!

Juanjo Mena

New May Festival Principal Conductor

Acclaimed international artist Juanjo Mena named Principal Conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival

The Ordering of Moses

New Recording Available!

Live from Carnegie Hall in 2014. Purchase on iTunes or Amazon. Stream on Spotify. 

Q+A with Juanjo Mena

Juanjo will conduct Beethoven's Missa Solemnis Oct 27, 29

Juanjo Mena: I remember very well the first time I worked with the CSO - it was special, as the orchestra made me feel very comfortable.  I found in them a huge positive energy, and we could immediately start to make music together to a high level. 

Music Hall's $135 million renovation reveals more hidden treasures

October reopening to showcase historic finds

CINCINNATI -- When Music Hall reopens to the public in October, it won't be your grandfather's performance space anymore.

In some ways, it will be more like your great-great-grandfather's.

Renovating Music Hall

It has been over 40 years since the visionary philanthropists Patricia and Ralph Corbett led the last extensive renovation of Music Hall. Read recent Enquirer article

May Festival 2017: Surround Yourself in Song!

MAY 19-27 at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati 
Beethoven's 9th Symphony | Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius | Bach's B Minor Mass