Program and Description

FRI MAY 21 • 7:30 pm
SAT MAY 22 • 7:30 pm


Tickets for individual concerts on sale May 3.

ANTON BRUCKNER: Adagio from String Quintet in F Major
JULIA PERRY: Stabat Mater
GUSTAV MAHLER, arr. Schoenberg: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen ("Songs of a Wayfarer")
GUSTAV HOLST: Selections from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 4, H. 100

Juanjo Mena, conductor
May Festival Tenor and Bass Ensemble
Sara Couden, contralto
Elliot Madore, baritone
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The May Festival, led by Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena and joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, opens with a prismatic program that brings each voice into light.  The CSO strings blossom in Bruckner, and Sara Couden’s “huge and fluid voice” (San Francisco Chronicle) shines in a neglected work by Julia Perry, a composer with Ohio roots. Experience the angst of Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, sung by baritone Elliot Madore, before being transported to another plane when members of the May Festival Chorus reunite to perform three of Holst’s hymns on texts from the Rig Veda.

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 SAT MAY 22 at 7:30 pm. Free for the first 24 hours. Details at