Surround Yourself in Song

May Festival

End of Season


Leonard Bernstein's MASS: Then and Now


The standing ovation at Cincinnati Music Hall lasted eight minutes, noted The New York Times. It was May 22, 1972, and the Cincinnati May Festival had just presented Leonard Bernstein’s controversial and epic new theatre piece, MASS, for the second time in its history. All eyes were on Cincinnati.

Greetings from the Principal Conductor


Dear Friends,

Welcome to your 2018 Cincinnati May Festival!

It is my first year as Principal Conductor, and we are delighted to present you with our new ideas, which are full of ambition, energy and beauty.

But this isn’t just any May Festival. This year, 2018, we have much to celebrate.

About Oxtote Txanbela


The Basque Country of Spain has a great choral identity that has become increasingly stronger since the surge in popularity of choral societies in the region toward the end of the 19th century.