May 19, 2023 | 7:30 pm | Music Hall
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JAMES MACMILLAN: New Work
JAMES LEE III: Breaths of Universal Longings [May Festival Commission, World Premiere]
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Magnificat
Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena opens the 150th Festival with new works by American composer James Lee III and former May Festival Creative Partner James MacMillan. Premiered in the U.S. by the May Festival in 1875, Bach’s Magnificat was described then as we would now—as “the highest form of human expression.” Written for a sacred feast, the work cleverly turns Latin texts into a dazzling musical picture gallery.