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May 27, 2023 | 7:30 pm | Music Hall

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GUSTAV MAHLER: Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand


James Conlon, conductor
Sarah Wegener, soprano

Camilla Tilling, soprano

Lauren Snouffer, soprano

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano

Briana Hunter, mezzo-soprano

Barry Banks, tenor

José Antonio López, baritone

Christian Immler, bass

May Festival Chorus

Robert Porco, director

Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Lisa Wong, director

May Festival Youth Chorus

Matthew Swanson, director

Cincinnati Boychoir

Jason Holmes, artistic director

Cincinnati Youth Choir, Robyn Lana 

managing artistic director

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,

Louis Langrée, music director


Music Hall

What's Interesting

Mahler called his Eighth Symphony, “the biggest thing that I have ever done…in which the most beautiful instrument in the world is given its true place.” Music Director Laureate James Conlon concludes the 150th May Festival with a work of gigantic proportions—music of triumph and transcendence that celebrates the power of the human voice, featuring the sounds of the Chorus and the CSO in the breathtaking space of Music Hall.

This concert is sponsored by Ethan and Doreen Stanley in memory of Ethan Bates Stanley II.

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Pre-Concert Talk and More!

Join us in Corbett Tower at 6:30 pm for a pre-concert talk featuring CCM’s Interim Dean and Professor of Musicology Jonathan Kregor, providing insight on Mahler’s largest work.

Ahead of the performance, strolling entertainment from East to Vest will serve a catawba wine punch.

Live Radio Broadcast

Tune your dials to Classical WGUC 90.0 on May 27 for the live radio broadcast of the May Festival’s 150th anniversary performance featuring Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand
Tune in at 7:00pm EST for the pre-show, performance starts at 7:30pm.

Ways to Listen:
WGUC 90.9