Tickets for individual performances go on sale MAR 1.


May 20, 2023 | 7:30 pm | Music Hall

Tickets for individual performances go on sale MAR 1.



SAMUEL BARBER: Symphony No. 1 in One Movement
SAMUEL BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
ROBERT NATHANIEL DETT: Excerpts from The Ordering of Moses
AARON COPLAND: “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land Suite


  • Marin Alsop, conductor
    Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, soprano
  • Laquita Mitchell, soprano
  • Briana Hunter, mezzo-soprano
  • Rodrick Dixon, tenor
  • Nicholas Newton, bass

May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée, music director


Music Hall

What's Interesting

Celebrated maestra Marin Alsop makes her May Festival debut with a showcase of composers who crafted the American musical identity. Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 is a lyrical dream of the Tennessee summer, while Aaron Copland's "The Promise of Living" rings with the hope of prosperity. The "uncanny radiance" (The New Yorker) of Robert Nathaniel Dett's The Ordering of Moses— a work the Festival premiered in 1937—returns to Music Hall.