Two upcoming festivals are giving arts-lovers something to look forward to this spring.

The 2009 Cincinnati May Festival, which marks music director James Conlon’s 30th anniversary, will boast talented singers, famous compositions and a collaboration of the May Festival Chorus and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.

Broadway star Patti LuPone takes the stage on opening night in the festival’s premiere of Kurt Weill’sThe Seven Deadly Sins. The next day, Italian soprano Annalisa Raspagliosi plays the title role in Giuseppe Verdi’sLuisa Miller. The finale concert with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus features Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.

The festival runs from May 22 to May 30. For a complete list of events, visit or call (513) 381-3300.

The second festival encourages artists of all media, from all over the world, to experiment with style and subject.

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival runs from May 26 to June 6. It includes more than 150 shows in 11 days, all located downtown. Venues include the Know Theatre, New Stage Collective, Media Bridges, Coffee Emporium and Below Zero Lounge.

The Fringe Festival presents three types of shows: Visual Fringe, Performance Fringe and Film Fringe.

To learn more about the Fringe Festival, visit or call (513) 300-KNOW.