Julia Wolfe and Bang on a Can at Cincinnati’s May Festival – May 18, 23, and 25

We’re super excited to share the news that Julia Wolfe has been named the inaugural festival director for Cincinnati’s historic May Festival. The annual festival will feature 3 powerful and poignant concerts on May 18, May 23, and May 25 featuring a world premiere by Julia Wolfe and multiple additional works including her pulitzer-prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields with our own Bang on a Can All-Stars + the May Festival Chorus, telling the story of the Pennsylvania coal miners; Her Story, with Lorelei vocal ensemble + the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, focusing on American women’s struggle for equal rights; orchestral and choral works by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and more!

May 18: Anthems  (link to Live Stream)
Julia WOLFE: All that breathes (May Festival Commission; World Premiere)
David LANG: the national anthems
Julia WOLFE: Pretty
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: Dona nobis pacem

Stephanie Childress, conductor
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone
May Festival Chorus
May Festival Youth Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


May 23: Voices of the Earth
Michael GORDON: Natural History
Julia WOLFE: Anthracite Fields (BOAC All-Stars)

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Steiger Butte Singers of Chiloquin,Oregon
Bang on a Can All-Stars
May Festival Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


May 25: Julia Wolfe’s Her Story
Julia WOLFE: Her Story 
FAURÉ: Requiem

François López-Ferrer, conductor
Lorelei Ensemble
May Festival Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra