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2019 May Festival Lineup

May 27, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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One event on May 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm

One event on May 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Cincinnati Music Hall

$10 – $99
2020 Cincinnati May Festival

Photos provided by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Check out these featured performers at the 2020 Cincinnati May Festival!


The 2020 Cincinnati May Festival has been reimagined to explore the possibilities of the human voice, with nine performances across some of the Cincinnati region’s treasured venues. Check out some of the most anticipated performances detailed below!


To purchase tickets, please Call the May Festival Box Office at 513-381-3300 (M-F 10-5 p.m.; Sat 10-2 p.m.), visit them online, or come in person to the Music Hall Box Office at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202. Season tickets are available for as few as two performances and you can save up to 25% when you subscribe. Call 513-381-3300 or subscribe online


Beethoven’s Ninth
Friday, May 22, 8 p.m.
Music Hall
$15 – $99

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Lauren Michelle
Lauren Michelle

The May Festival joins in the worldwide 250th celebration of Beethoven’s birth with Juanjo Mena leading the May Festival forces in excerpts from Fidelio (overture and two choruses) and arguably the world’s most famous piece for orchestra and chorus, the composer’s Symphony No. 9. Soprano Lauren Michelle returns to the May Festival stage with the CSO and May Festival Chorus, along with soloists Tamara Mumford (mezzo-soprano), Kang Wang (tenor), and Ryan McKinny (bass-baritone).


Jessie Montgomery
Jessie Montgomery

Between the two Beethoven works is a world premiere co-commission for chorus and orchestra by acclaimed American composer Jessie Montgomery, the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, language, and social justice, placing her squarely as one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st-century American sound and experience. The Washington Post has described her work as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life.”



St. Thomas Gospel Choir of Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 27, 8 p.m.
Allen Temple AME Church
$10 – $15
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St. Thomas Choir
St. Thomas Choir

One of America’s finest gospel choirs brings their electric, soulful style to the Queen City. This spirited performance will have you on your feet and leave you filled with a joyful noise. Waltier Blocker conducts the choir at Allen Temple AME Church. 



America’s Sound [North]
Friday, May 29, 8 p.m.
Music Hall
$15 – $99
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America’s contributions to the world of music are vast. Ryan Bancroft, winner of the 2018 Malko Competition for Young Conductors, makes his May Festival debut with a revelous program of American life. This is what the Festival is known for––familiar names like Stravinsky and Copland meet inspired new works by living composers Adolphus Hailstork and Derrick Spiva, who’s Prisms, Cycles, Leaps is “enormous fun to listen to” (Los Angeles Times).


To get the best seats at the best prices, get your tickets now for these featured events and the 2020 Cincinnati May Festival!


Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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