JAMES LEE III:Breaths of Universal Longings (May Festival Commission, World Premiere)
JAMES MACMILLAN: Timotheus, Bacchus and Cecilia (May Festival Co-Commission, World Premiere)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Magnificat
- Juanjo Mena, conductor
Berit Norbakken, soprano
- Nola Richardson, soprano
- Marianne Beate Kielland
- Toby Spence, tenor
Christian Immler, bass
- Cincinnati Boychoir
Robert Porco, director
Matthew Swanson, director
Jason Holmes, artistic director
Louis Langrée, music director
Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena opens the 150th Festival with world premieres by American composer James Lee III and former May Festival Creative Partner James MacMillan. Given its American premiere at the 1875 May Festival, Bach's celebratory Magnificat was described then as we would now— as "the highest form of human expression."
This concert is sponsored by Patty Misrach.
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Pre-Concert Talk and More!
Join us in Corbett Tower at 6:30 pm for a pre-concert talk hosted by Matthew Swanson with composers James Lee III and James MacMillan.
Plus, all audience members will receive a silver May Festival pin upon entering the Hall to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the May Festival. We encourage everyone to wear their pins to all of this season’s concerts!