May Festival Launches Online Repertoire Database
Ever wondered what they performed on the first season of the May Festival? Now you can find out! The extensive amount of repertoire that has been performed over the years is now in a searchable database on our website. It is possible to search by conductors, composers, soloists, chorus, venue and dates. This project was funded by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation.
Here is the link to the May Festival Repertoire Database.
May Festival Chamber Choir Performs in Westwood
The May Festival Chamber Choir will perform on Sunday, February 26, on the concert series at Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 2011 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, 45211.
The concert will begin at 3 pm and is free. Selections include works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Lauridsen.
May Festival Presents . . .
American Spiritual Ensemble in concert at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral on Monday, February 13 at 7:30 pm. One of America’s most celebrated choral groups, the Ensemble’s mission is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive.
There are no tickets required for entry, but seating is limited and unreserved, so the public is advised to arrive early. See the press release for more information about the performance.
WGUC Airs Russian Festival Concert
WGCU will broadcast the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Russian Festival concert from November on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 pm. The May Festival Chorus performed Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky on the second half of the concert. Schedule information can be found on WGUC’s website.
World Choir Games Tickets on Sale March 1
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and May Festival Chorus headline the Opening Ceremony for the World Choir Games on July 4, as well as the Closing Ceremony on July 14, 2012. Both events will take place at U.S. Bank Arena.
Tickets for all events will go on sale on March 1. More information is available in this press release.
Where in the World is James Conlon?
MusicalAmerica.com launched A Rich Possession – a new blog by conductor James Conlon last week. In his inaugural blog post, A Peculiarly American Paradox, Mr. Conlon writes, “I think it is necessary for those of us who love classical music and live in the United States to see with greater clarity the problem that stands in front of us.” Click here to read the blog post.
In addition to blogging, James Conlon is hard at work at Los Angeles Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. The unrivaled Plácido Domingo brings his celebrated interpretation of one of opera’s most complex characters to his home company. He is joined by conductor James Conlon, internationally recognized as a master of Verdi, and a stellar cast. Simon Boccanegra is a grand-scale study of power and treachery that finds an emotional center in the tender and unbreakable bond between father and daughter. Verdi’s poignant score brings his characters to vivid life in a series of striking encounters that spans two generations. The production runs from February 11 through March 4.
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