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Mena Conducts South American Epics

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Music Hall

$15 – $89
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About Mena Conducts South American Epics:

The romance of South America comes to life as Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena leads a program of South American epics. Ginastera’s playful ballet music depicts a magical nighttime story, while the rhythmic energies of Villa-Lobos’ Chôros recall the raw power of his native Brazil. Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla—sometimes called South America’s Carmina Burana—stars tenor and baritone soloists as a poet and the devil, in a singing contest. The program features guest artists Santiago Ballerini and Gustavo Castillo alongside the May Festival Chorus.


About the May Festival:

In 1873, a group of visionaries came together with the idea of presenting music festivals in Cincinnati. They wanted a project that would endure and grow. The festival they created put Cincinnati on the cultural map. Over nearly 150 years, scores of nationally and internationally acclaimed guest soloists and conductors have gladly accepted invitations to participate in the May Festival.


About the May Festival Chorus:

The May Festival Chorus is comprised of 120 of the region’s most talented singers who devote their spare hours to making music together. Founded in 1873, the annual May Festival is the longest-running choral festivals in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, many famous choral and orchestral works received their World or American premieres here in Cincinnati—including Bach’s Magnificat, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi, Robert Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses and Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony.


About Music Hall:

Cincinnati Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark built in 1878, was beautifully restored in a major renovation in 2017 and stands tall with over a million red bricks in the heart of Cincinnati’s Historic Over-the-Rhine. The May Festival is why Music Hall was built has been celebrated at Cincinnati’s Music Hall for nearly 150 years. Check out the resources below to learn more.


Parking at Music Hall:

There are over 2,500 parking spots within four blocks of Music Hall! Washington Park Garage on Elm Street—may be reserved in advance. Music Hall surface lot on Elm Street—first come, first served for spaces not reserved for donor parking; available for $20 event rate to the general public. Payment accepted at the Pay Machine in lot. Town Center (CET) Garage on Central Parkway behind Music Hall—$10 event rate. Accepts cash and credit payments, rear Central Avenue entrance is credit card only. For more information visit: https://mayfestival.com/visit/getting-here–parking/


Health & Safety Protocols:

Effective March 14, audience members are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test certification to attend performances, and the wearing of masks in Music Hall will be optional. For more information visit: https://mayfestival.com/visit/know-before-you-go/


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May 27
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $89
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Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati,OH45202United States
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