An Inside Look at the Music Hall Renovation

Photos by Mark Lyons, courtesy of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

In just over one month, Music Hall will re-open after a $135 million renovation on October 6 with weekend performances by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra followed by four weeks of performances by its resident companies. For the full schedule and links to tickets, visit

October 6-7: Opening weekend concert with Louis Langrée and the CSO to christen the renovated hall with a program that showcases the full sonic splendor of the Orchestra and of Springer Auditorium, from the youthful energy of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to the epic vision of Scriabin’s Poem of EcstasyShort Ride in a Fast Machine, one of John Adams’ most celebrated orchestral masterpieces, as well as a world premiere by Jonathan Bailey Holland—commissioned by the CSO especially for the opening of Music Hall—cap this glorious moment in history.

Saturday, Oct. 7: Free Community Open House at Music Hall presented by ArtsWave will be open for tours of the building, performances by local arts groups and more, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, free performances and tours will be held at Washington Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the Ensemble Theatre.

October 13-15: Cincinnati Pops Opening Weekend directed by conductor John Morris Russell with favorites from John Williams including the music from “Star Wars.” 

October 20-21: Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande:  Led by Music Director Louis Langrée, this collaboration with Cincinnati Opera features staging by directing sensation James Darrah, projection design by Adam Larsen, scenic design by Adam Rigg, costume design by Mattie Ullrich, and lighting design by Pablo Santiago.

October 26-29: Cincinnati Ballet Opening Weekend: The Cincinnati Ballet presents “Romeo and Juliet,” the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, choreographed by artistic director Victoria Morgan. The CSO will also perform led by Carmon DeLeone. 

November 4-5: Cincinnati May Festival presents “The Storm that Built Music Hall:” Reuben Springer was inspired to fundraise for 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. This weekend’s program celebrates music performed during the May Festival’s stormy 1875 season, including Bach’s Magnificat, a Baroque-era treasure, and Brahms’ Triumphlied, a celebratory reflection on the Orchestra’s and the city’s German roots. Looking to the future, the May Festival premieres a choral commission by composer Julia Adolphe.