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CODA | May 2016


Chris Pinelo



Music Hall has played an important part in my life and I’d venture to guess many of you feel the same way.

Like many Cincinnatians, I can recount coming to CSO Young People’s Concerts with my elementary school class. As a child, I remember being awed by The Nutcracker at Music Hall and experiencing Bizet’s spectacular opera Carmen for the first time. The May Festival’s Carolfest afforded me a first experience “singing” at Music Hall and, thanks to a CSO subscription, I was exposed to a dazzling sonic palette of orchestral colors starting around age 10. It all happened right here at Music Hall.

As a younger adult, I had the privilege to be my late grandmother’s “date” for a Cincinnati Pops television show taping, and attended a diverse array of performances with friends and family—everything from rock concerts to operas to orchestra performances. I joined the May Festival Chorus in 1996 and really got to sing at Music Hall for the first of many times. What a thrill!

As a member of the staff since 2001, I’ve come to know virtually every nook of this grand old building, experienced more performances than I can easily count, stepped in to narrate a Young People’s Concert performance of Peter and the Wolf with 10 minutes’ notice, and even “tied the knot” with my beautiful wife in the Grand Foyer while A Prairie Home Companion rehearsed in Springer Auditorium. (They did eventually “take a break” so we could finish the ceremony.)

The connection I feel with Music Hall is palpable, and as we say “so long for now” leading to the Hall closing down in June, I’m confident this amazing renovation and restoration will ensure that my son and his children and their children will be able to create lasting memories in this beautiful place.

In the meantime, we will continue to keep you updated on this exciting project. Look for details at cincinnatisymphony.org/musichall.