NEW YORK -- To most of the musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New York and Carnegie Hall are familiar territory. To the singers of the May Festival Chorus, they're perhaps once-in-a-lifetime destinations. For all, it's considered hallowed ground.
Their performance Friday, May 9, was a flagship event in "Cincy in NYC" week and also for the Carnegie's Spring for Music Festival. Financial problems are putting an end to this festival after just four years.
In this video, WCPO arts and entertainment reporter Matt Peiken brings you inside Carnegie Hall for a slice of Friday's performance and talks with a few Cincinnatians about the occasion. Friday's program included John Adams’s 1980 choral symphony “Harmonium” and a rare performance of “The Ordering of Moses,” by the black American composer R. Nathaniel Dett, a piece first performed at the May Festival in 1937.
"Cincy in NYC" formally May 12, with a performance at the 92nd Street Y by the Ariel Quartet, a New York ensemble serving this past school year as a resident artist with the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.