Program and Description

SAT MAY 29 • 7:30 pm
SUN MAY 30 • 2:30 pm


Tickets for individual concerts on sale May 3.

GUSTAV MAHLER: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: The Illuminations
FRANZ SCHUBERT: Selected Songs
GUSTAV HOLST: Selections from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 2, H. 98
REENA ESMAIL: Selections from I Rise: Women in Song

Juanjo Mena, conductor
May Festival Soprano and Alto Ensemble
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Paul Appleby, tenor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena and the CSO join the May Festival for a bouquet of heartfelt works. A famous love letter here, some of Schubert’s spellbinding songs there, and the “radiantly sublime” (The Los Angeles Times) soprano Joélle Harvey shining in a mystical work by Britten. We complete the program by featuring the sopranos and altos of the May Festival Chorus singing two ethereal hymns from Holst’s Rig Veda, as well as selections from Los Angeles composer Reena Esmail’s tribute to women who have shaped the world.

Not ready for in-person concerts? There is nothing like the experience of a live performance, but if you’re not ready yet, this performance will be livestreamed on SUN MAY 30 at 2:30 pm. Free for the first 24 hours. Details at