Plan your day at Music Hall next Saturday to see 50+ Free Performances

After more than a year of renovations, Music Hall will be open Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the entire region through the RE(NEW)ED Celebration for MUSIC HALL + MORE, presented by ArtsWave, the convener, planner, promoter and fundraiser behind the region’s arts community. 

This free community event (no tickets or reservations required) will include a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the art, newly-renovated, iconic home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati May Festival. It will feature more than 50 live performances. 

The recently opened, all-new Otto M. Budig Theater of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the newly renovated and expanded Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati which will open for the first time to the public, will offer free tours and live performances. In addition, the School for the Creative and Performing Arts’ exhibit space will also be open. 

The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Contemporary Arts Center will join the festivities with free admission for this one-of-a-kind celebration. 

The recently renovated Memorial Hall, featuring a one-day symposium presented by FotoFocus, Second Century: Photography, Feminism, Politics, will be free and open to the public as well.

Additionally, the two stages at Washington Park will offer live performances throughout the day. 

The official ceremony, with speeches and a trumpet fanfare, will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the steps of Music Hall with the leadership of the resident companies of Music Hall as well as community members who led the funding of the project.

A commemorative publication for the RE(NEW)ED Celebration, available for a $5 donation to ArtsWave, can be reserved for free by signing up at 

Tours of Music Hall will be available from the Grand Foyer Coat Room, courtesy of Society for the Preservation of Music Hall. Beyond the Bricks, the outdoor tour of Music Hall, will also be available from Washington Park.

The full schedule of events is available at CincyArtsGuide/RENEWED and is as follows:

SPMH Beyond the Bricks: Outdoor Building Tour of Music Hall Presented by the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall
10-11:30 a.m.: Tours offered from Washington Park

Music Hall Stage Performance Schedule
10:30 a.m., Cincinnati Pops Brass Quintet; 11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra String Quintet; 12:30 p.m., Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet; 1:30 p.m., Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

Taft Suite Schedule
Music Hall Artisan Cake courtesy of the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., Society for the Preservation of Music Hall Organ Panel Video airs

Corbett Tower Performance Schedule
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.: CET’s preview documentary on the Music Hall renovation airs
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.: Live performance by members of the Cincinnati Opera

Wilks Studio Performance Schedule
A collection from the 2017-2018 Season featuring Cincinnati Ballet’s Company and Second Company Dancers repeated today at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. featuring: The Ballroom Scene from Romeo & Juliet, Balcony Pas from Romeo & Juliet, Victoria Morgan’s choreography of Black Coffee by k.d. lang from the Kaplan New Work Series, Collide Collaboration with Contemporary Dance Theatre featuring “Man in the Mirror” and West Side Story Mambo

May Festival Rehearsal Room Performance Schedule
10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.: La Traviata performance by the Cincinnati Opera
11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.: May Festival performance

Music Hall Ballroom Activities
Activities include: Exhibit of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra portraits by Clara Harkavy, Cincinnati Opera Costumes Display, Opera Costume Shop Activity, Cincinnati Ballet Costumes Display, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Lab and Craft Activity led by the Contemporary Arts Center

Washington Park Performance Stage Schedule
10:30 a.m.: Taft Museum of Art Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Stafford Berry
11 a.m.: Hula Hoop Dance Party with My Nose Turns Red
12 p.m.: Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
1 p.m.: Dance Fix
2 p.m.: Bi-Okoto Drums

Washington Park Historic Bandstand Stage Schedule Presented by CincySings
10 a.m.: Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC)
10:30 a.m.: Cincinnati Insurance Companies “Insuring Harmony”
10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.: Fifth Third “Bank Notes”
11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.: The Christ Hospital “98.6 Degrees”
12 p.m., 12:15 p.m.: P&G "The P&Gtles"
12:30 p.m., 12:45 p.m.: SCPA Baby Grands
1 p.m.: Cincinnati Boy Choir
1:30 p.m.: Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Cincinnati Shakespeare, 1195 Elm Street, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy free tours of the new theatre, pop up performances and hands-on activities include:  “Make Your Own Stage Blood” workshops and performances by Madcap Puppets. 

Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine Street, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy tours of the new theatre, pop up performances and hands-on activities including yoga at 10 a.m. with live performances at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. with tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 West Central Parkway, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(guests should use Washington Park side entrance)
First Floor Gallery exhibit: “A Fresh Start” New Work by Students of the SCPA

Foto Focus Symposium, Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FotoFocus presents Second Century: Photography, Feminism, Politics, a one-day symposium features diverse speakers addressing a range of topics revolving around feminist approaches to photography and lens-based art in today’s socio-political climate.

“The grand re-opening of Music Hall is a once-in-lifetime opportunity for our community to celebrate our thriving arts organizations – their legacy and their future – along with this iconic building and its long-awaited restoration,” said Alecia Kintner, President & CEO of ArtsWave. 

Key event sponsors and partners include: the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, Taft Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, P&G, Kroger, Fifth Third Bank Foundation, BB&T, 3CDC, Lamar, WCPO, The Enquirer and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.