Program and Description

Originally Performed
May 21-22, 2021

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

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Led by Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena and joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the 2021 May Festival opened with a prismatic program that brought each voice into light. Audiences were treated to the May Festival debut of contralto Sara Couden, whose performance “was both mesmerizing and emotional” (Cincinnati Business Courier) in a neglected work by Julia Perry. GRAMMY-winner Elliot Madore, who also made his May Festival debut, delivered the youthful angst of Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer “with a range of color and expressive power” (Cincinnati Business Courier). In their first performance in over a year, members of the May Festival Chorus reunited to transport listeners to another plane in three of Holst’s hymns on texts from the Rig Veda.

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