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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Aug 30, 2017

8 Reasons the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Can’t Wait for October

  1. Music Hall’s Grand Opening. The renovated Music Hall will strike a beautiful balance between the historical character you love and the modern amenities audiences have been asking for. We cannot wait to show off the architectural details that have been uncovered, the clever reclaimed spaces throughout the hall, the more evenly distributed acoustics in Springer Auditorium, and so much more. [OCT 6-7]
  2. Our first look at Corbett Tower. The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) has overseen every aspect of Corbett Tower’s extensive restoration, including removing the drop ceiling to reveal 14 feet of additional ceiling height. Corbett’s coved windows have been restored, historic stenciling has been discovered and replicated, and the entire space has been freshened up and made new. You will hardly recognize this jaw-dropping space.
  3. Unveiling new spaces. The architects overseeing the renovation have made clever use of under-utilized spaces in Music Hall, including empty carriageways that haven’t seen a horse in decades. While Springer Auditorium will look and feel familiar, spaces such as a brand new rehearsal room (Wilks Studio) and audience lounge (P&G Founders Room) will be exciting new experiences, adding additional function and character to our beloved hall.
  4. Music Hall’s Community Open House, presented by ArtsWave. On Saturday, October 7 from 10 am-3 pm, Music Hall will be flooded with energy, art, music—and our neighbors! Made possible by ArtsWave, this free event is one of your first chances to explore the renovated Music Hall. The CSO, Pops, May Festival, Ballet and Opera will be scheduling performances throughout the day to make the Community Open House an unforgettable event. Look for more information in the coming weeks!
  5. CSO Opening Weekend. The CSO artistic team has designed a concert of music meant to explore the rich acoustics of Music Hall. From the very first notes of John Adam’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine to the final moment of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, audiences will experience the full sonic splendor of the renovated hall. [OCT 6-7]
  6. Pops Opening Weekend. Did you know that legendary composer John Williams himself has provided a never-before-performed piece of music for this event? And that is on top of some of the most-requested music in the Pops arsenal, including selections from Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and—wait for it—Star Wars. [OCT 13-15]
  7. The first Friday Orange in Music Hall. Friday Orange is a new series of Friday concerts—with a twist. Past surprises have included custom cocktails, art installations, dancers and more. You never know what you’re going to get! The first Friday Orange in Music Hall coincides with the CSO’s collaboration with the Cincinnati Opera for Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. [OCT 20-21]
  8. The Storm that Built Music Hall. Technically this is in November, but we include it here because it is part of the first several weeks of concerts in the newly renovated Music Hall, and this concert program has a very special story behind it. Reuben Springer was inspired to fundraise for the building of Music Hall by a thunderstorm—a tempest that pounded the tin roof of the temporary Saengerhalle and drowned out the voices of the May Festival Chorus. The CSO’s concerts the first week of November feature the Chorus, and the program celebrates the music performed during the May Festival’s stormy 1875 season including Bach’s Magnificat and Brahms’ Triumphlied, a celebratory reflection on the Orchestra’s and the city’s German roots. [NOV 4-5]


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