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SAT MAY 25 | 7:00 pm | Music Hall

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Bach's Passion is an opportunity to marvel at the reach of human invention and perfection in all its forms.


BACH: St. Matthew Passion


Juanjo Mena, conductor
Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano
Carlos Mena, countertenor
Werner Gura, tenor (evangelist)
Ben Bliss, tenor

James Newby, baritone (Jesus)
Hanno Muller-Brachmann, bass-baritone
May Festival ChorusRobert Porco, director
May Festival Youth ChorusMatthew Swanson, director

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


Music Hall

Concert Duration

3 hours and 15 minutes

What's Interesting

  • Ideal for: Baroque enthusiasts! Attend if you like art on a grand scale, the global made personal, chamber music and the experience of a true masterwork.
  • The May Festival closes with Bach’s masterpiece, viewed by some as the composer’s supreme achievement. There is nothing like the St. Matthew Passion.
  • Bach’s St Matthew Passion has been a May Festival favorite since it was first performed at Music Hall in 1882.

Join musicologist Daniel Melamed and May Festival Associate Director of Choruses and Director of the Youth Chorus Matthew Swanson in Springer Auditorium one hour before the concert to get closer to the music with a pre-concert talk.