December 2011     

Holiday Performances    |   Holiday Gift Ideas   |   James Bagwell Conducts on NBC    |    Where is James Conlon?    

upcoming Holiday Concerts Abound

The May Festival Adult and Youth Choruses are busy this holiday season!

  • On Sunday, December 4 the Youth Chorus will perform at The Taft Museum of Art at 2:30 pm.
  • The Adult Chorus performs December 9-11 with Sandi Patty in the Cincinnati Pops Holiday concerts.
  • There are two chances to hear Handel’s Messiah on December 17&18 with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Adult Chorus, under the direction of James Bagwell.
  • And you can close out 2011 with the Youth Chorus on December 31 when it performs in "A Swingin’ New Year’s Eve" concert with John Morris Russell.

Click here for details.


giftMay Festival Holiday Gifts

Looking for a creative present for the music lover in your life for the holidays? Consider purchasing a Festival Pass – four flexible vouchers that can be used for any of the concerts in Music Hall. The cost of four passes in the Orchestra or Balcony is $220 (only $55 per seat) and $170 in the Gallery (only $42.50 per seat). This link takes you to the ticket order form (pdf), or call the box office at 513.381-3300. Click here for information on all the 2012 May Festival concerts.

Consider giving our Christmas with The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus CD as a holiday gift, so your family and friends can enjoy the sounds of the Chorus all season long. The CD has popular holiday classics, as well as some favorite Christmas carols. Purchase a CD for only $15 by calling 513.621.1919.

James Bagwell James Bagwell Conducts on NBC

May Festival Youth Chorus Director, James Bagwell, will conduct the orchestra for Michael Bublé’s first holiday Christmas show on NBC, on Tuesday, December 6 from 8-9 pm. Guest stars include Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters and the a cappella group, Naturally 7. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch James Bagwell on national television, before he comes back to Cincinnati to work with our choruses for our local holiday concerts.

James Conlon Where in the World is James Conlon?

James Conlon conducted pianist Yuja Wang with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in early November. Mark Swed from the Los Angeles Times said:

For all that, the matinee belonged not to an idol (Yuja Wang) but to Conlon. He began the program with a riveting performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Sinfonia da Requiem” and ended it with a compellingly dramatic account of Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony.

Click here for the full review.

In December James Conlon will be busy conducting orchestras in Europe. He will be traveling to Naples, Florence, Bologna and Paris.

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