We’re pleased to announce a day like no other: the much-anticipated
opening of Music Hall!
This concert venue – home to ticketed performances of all
five resident companies – the Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati
Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati May Festival – will be open
for one day to everyone in the region.
ArtsWave – the convener, planner, promoter, and fundraiser
of the region’s wonderfully abundant and diverse arts community – is proud to
share this treasure with the community.
We’ve set this event to happen Saturday, October 7, between
the hours of 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Note that this will be on the heels of a
night dinner and concert for the CSO in its new home.
Saturday’s festivities will begin with the Official Opening
of Music Hall set for 9:30 a.m., a brief ceremony with much fanfare, leading to
the official opening of the doors by leaders of each of the resident
We’ve created this event so you can come whenever you choose
with guides at a half-dozen stops throughout the hall. Not only will our guides
give you the history of the building but they will talk about how the building
has been designed to provide next generation performances.
Performances will run the gamut – including a glorious fashion display of Opera
and Ballet costumes; a room-sized cake that accompanies a grand celebration; a
full orchestra set up in portraitures; and interactive sessions with professional
orchestra players. Performances will be everywhere – strolling musicians,
street-side performances, concurrent performances throughout the hall with
additional performances set for both the main stage and band shell in
When you finish your visit, stop next door at Memorial Hall,
which will be open, and experience incredible photography through FotoFocus. Once
done, head down a block south to the newly-opened Otto M. Budig Theatre, home
to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company,
where you will be guided through this forward-thinking performance space. Afterwards,
head one more block over to Vine Street and take a tour of the brand new Ensemble Theater Cincinnati, a
facility designed to incorporate its history and its future.
Your day of celebrating with the arts needn’t end there. Hop
the Connector and watch a performance along the way, as you stop at the Contemporary
Arts Center to check out Swoon
and hop back on to all the Banks and wander over to the Taft Museum of Art
for its Small
Paintings from the Taft Collection. Don’t forget to visit the Cincinnati Art Museum, too, as
this is the day to see all three art museums at no charge.
ArtsWave is honored to work with the resident companies
within Music Hall to showcase their new surroundings. Please join us in our