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Transition To The Taft Theatre


While the recent announcement about Music Hall’s upcoming renovation is incredible news worth celebrating, the CSO and Pops have been working toward this milestone for many years. In 2010, in preparation for the Orchestra’s anticipated displacement from Music Hall, the CSO’s subsidiary Music and Event Management Inc. (MEMI) took over the management of the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.

In 2011, the Taft Theatre underwent a roughly $3 million renovation to make an already gorgeous and historic theatre a more inviting place for guests of the CSO and Pops. Some of the Taft’s recent improvements include doubling the capacity of the men’s restrooms, tripling the capacity of the women’s restrooms, installing a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly central air conditioning system, and replacing all of the seats to improve seat width and comfort. Cosmetic changes were made as well, to better highlight the turn-of-the-century details abundant in the theatre, including hand-painted murals and a richly detailed arch over the stage.

Were you among the patrons who visited the renovated Taft Theatre at its Grand Re-Opening on Sept 12, 2011? Pops Conductor John Morris Russell led a rousing concert of Hollywood tunes that had audiences on their feet, and guests were invited to tour the upgraded venue. If you missed that concert (and haven’t attended the Taft’s robust lineup of contemporary music concerts, comedy, and performances by Taft resident company The Cincinnati Children’s Theatre) we look forward to introducing you to this downtown jewel box during the Orchestra’s 2016-2017 season.