From Shakespeare to Schubert to Allan Jay Lerner, poets and composers have sung about May, and now hopefully with the unseasonal frosts of the past couple of months behind us, we get ready to welcome spring with some music.

In the concert halls and alternative performance spaces of the Queen City exciting things will be turning up over the next few weeks, so here is my bucket list. Check these out and pencil them into your schedules.

May 5, Saturday at 8 pm (also Sunday May 6 at 2 pm)– CSO at Music Hall – Harry Bicket conducts Handel’s Concerto Grosso and vocal and instrumental music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, featuring countertenor Iestyn Davies. Tickets:

May 11, Friday at 11 am (also Saturday May 12 at 8 pm and Sunday May 13 at 2 pm) – CSO at Music Hall: Beethoven’s Seventh, Louis Langree conducts and James Ehnes is the soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto. Tickets:


May 11, Friday at 7 pm at CCM’s Werner Recital Hall – 10-year old Cellist Miriam Smith playing a program that would give flop sweat to many a cellist twice her age: Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, Beethoven’s Variations on Mozart’s “Bei Männern” from “Die Zauberflöte”, Ginastera’s “Pampeana no. 2”…The Works! I have heard the child and none of this is hype: she is amazing and the concert is free.

May 17, Thursday at 7 pm at the Mercantile Library – Salon 21 presenting a woodwind quintet… Free admission but for Heaven’s sake, give them a donation!

May 18, Friday at 8 pm in Music Hall – May Festival Opening Concert: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem Mass” Tickets:

May 19, Saturday at 8 pm at Music Hall – May Festival: Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” Tickets:

May 24-26 – MamLuft&Co. Dance premieres “Iceman 3000”, an original work co-presented by the Contemporary Arts Center. Tickets: or 513.345.8400

May 25, Friday at 8 pm at Music Hall – Benjamin Britten’s “Chichester Psalms” with Countertenor David Daniels, in a double-bill with Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe” Tickets:

Word to the wise: my list is subjective to the point of being capricious and sometimes annoyingly subjective. Bear with my quirks– all for a good cause.

Rafael de Acha

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