Cincinnati May Festival Announces Conductor Change for Mahler No. 8

By Francisco Salazar

The Cincinnati May Festival has announced a conductor change for its Mahler Symphony No. 8 on May 27, 2023.

The festival said, “Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena has been forced to withdraw from the performance of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand on May 27 due to a family emergency. May Festival Music Director Laureate James Conlon will step in for rehearsals and this final performance of the May Festival 150th Anniversary season. We appreciate your understanding.”

Conlon is set to conduct a cast that includes Sarah Wegener, Camilla Tilling, Lauren Snouffer, Kate Lindsey, Briana Hunter, Barry Banks, José Antonio López, and Christian Immler.

The concert will be broadcast on Classical WGUC 90.0.