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Cincinnati is well known for its historic architecture and its support of the fine arts. One of the city’s best examples of this featuring a combination of both is Cincinnati Music Hall. The Music Hall, located just north of downtown in Over The Rhine is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks and is home to the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras as well as the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and the annual May Festival, which is the longest-running choral festival in the Western hemisphere.
Cincinnati Music Hall was built in 1878 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. It originally served as the city’s first convention center and was host to many nationally acclaimed Industrial Exhibitions. Through the years the building has hosted a wide array of gatherings from sporting events, trade shows and exhibits, the National Democratic and Republican Conventions and campaign appearances by several US Presidents.
While it has built its reputation as a classical music venue, many of the world’s greatest artists have performed here. Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Elton John, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd have performed here, among a long list of notable others.
The Hall also has a reputation as one of the country’s most haunted buildings. The building was constructed atop a local cemetery and there have been numerous reports of strange phenomenon in and around the building. Music Hall possesses one of the largest and best-equipped stages in the world. A 90-ton steel grid framework is used to suspend scenery and lighting.
The Music Hall was extensively renovated through 2016-2017 and reopened in October 2017. It continues to be a very important part of Cincinnati and the vibrant Over-The-Rhine neighborhood. Washington Park, located directly across Elm St., was also recently renovated and provides a beautiful greenspace and gathering spot for local residents and visitors.
Tours of Cincinnati Music Hall are available. Go backstage and beyond through private and public spaces and explore this stunning and majestic structure and how it reflects the spirit of both past and present. You’ll quickly se why it was the envy of the Great Midwest in the 19th century and the cornerstone of the 21st century renaissance of Cincinnati's historic heart.
For more information: spmhcincinnati.org