Thursday, May 15, 2008

Weekend Warm-Up: May 16 – 18

My recommendations for something to do this weekend

There are a lot of cool things going on in Cincinnati this weekend from the Reds Hot Weekend with the Reds vs. the Indians at Great American Ball Park to Beer Barons Weekend up in the northern suburbs. But for me it is all about commencement of May Festival. From their website:

"The May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere and one of the only true festivals that remain in our country today. Featuring the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Festival presents marvelously concentrated choral repertoire rarely found in the usual concert season."

"Established in 1873, the May Festival is directly responsible for the development of Cincinnati’s modern musical life. Music Hall, the city’s primary concert venue, was built specifically to house the Festival's performances in 1878, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States, can trace its lineage back to this great tradition."

The Festival opens on Friday with performances over two weekends. This Saturday they are presenting Beethovan's 9th Symphony, sung in German. I'm giddy with excitement. I've got my tickets. How about you?

For a detailed list of performances and ticket information, check out their website linked above.

For more on Reds Hot Weekend, check out UrbanCincy's post. And click here for another article in the Enquirer on Beer Barons Weekend.


Meridian13113 said...

Thanks for writing about us. I hope you enjoy the performances. Tonight's Verdi should be a blockbuster -- the soloists are amazing, without exception.

I'm a chorus member. My blog has a series of entries about the experience of the chorus as we slog through the 15 days of rehearsals and performance, and includes photos and some video. So if you'd like a behind-the-scenes viewpoint, come on over to

5chw4r7z said...

I was surprised to see ads for The May Festival in the NY Times, guess its a pretty big deal isn't it?