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Bach's Magnificat
"The highest form of human expression"
About the Concert

James LEE III: Breaths of Universal Longings
World Premiere, Commissioned by the Cincinnati May Festival on the Occasion of its 150th Anniversary

  1. From Dust We Were Made
  2. Now and Then
  3. Reflections
  4. Seeking Joy

James MacMILLAN: Timotheus, Bacchus and Cecilia
World Premiere, May Festival Co-Commission


Johann Sebastian BACH: Magnificat, BWV 243

Magnificat anima mea
Et exultavit spiritus meus
Quia respexit humilitatem
Omnes generationes
Quia fecit mihi magna
Et misericordia
Fecit potentiam
Deposuit potentes
Esurientes implevit bonis
Suscepit Israel
Sicut locutus est
Gloria Patri

Tonight’s concert will last approximately 110 minutes.

Tonight’s concert is sponsored by Patty Misrach.

James MacMillan’s Timotheus, Bacchus and Cecilia was commissioned by an anonymous donor in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Cincinnati May Festival and in honor of the many years of extraordinary service Steven Sunderman has given as its Executive Director and by the Hallé Orchestra and the Hallé to mark Sir Mark Elder’s celebrated time as Music Director of the orchestra.

The appearance of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation.

The appearance Christian Immler is made possible in part by generous endowment gifts from the friends and family of the Joan P. and Oliver L. Baily Fund

The appearances of Berit Norbakken and Robin Johannsen are made possible in part by a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Morton Harshman.

The appearances of Marianne Beate Kielland and Toby Spence are made possible by a generous endowment gift from Mr. and Mrs. S. Charles Straus.

The appearance of Matthew Swanson in this evening’s performance is made possible in part by David and Elaine Billmire.