You are welcome here.
We are thrilled to welcome you to the beautifully restored Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark and the crown jewel of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati. With its unbricked windows connecting it to Washington Park and the neighborhood, Music Hall is a gorgeous tribute to Cincinnati's past while looking forward to the exciting programs we at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops are committed to creating for the Cincinnati arts community.
First time here?
We invite you to let go of any preconceived ideas you have about the music and the experience--we're here with some tips to help enhance your concert experience.
Feel free to call our friendly box office staff at 513.381.3300 if you have any questions. Do you have feedback about your experience? Let us know what you think!
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What should I wear?
There is no dress code for orchestra concerts. We encourage you to come as you are whether you want to dress up for a night on the town, or play it more casual for a relaxing experience. You'll even see some people in jeans. On special occasions (for example, opening weekend and New Year's Eve), you may find a few more people dressed up.
When should I arrive?
We recommend arriving at least 45 minutes before the concert. Consider how much time you want to park, enjoy the beauty of historic Music Hall, take some photos, relax and enjoy a drink in the P&G Founders Room, read Fanfare magazine (the official CSO program) or find your seat. Look for your concert e-minder emailed to you a couple of days before the concert for a listing of any bonus experiences that may occur before, during, or after the concert.
Where should I park?
Look for your best parking options near Music Hall here.
Where should I sit?
There are three levels at Music Hall. The first floor is called the Orchestra, the second the Balcony and the third the Gallery.
- For best blend of value and great acoustics: Gallery
- Best leg room: Orchestra
- Lowest Price: Partial view A & B on all three levels
- Best sightlines: Center seats on all three levels
What accommodations are made for audience members with accessibility needs?
All levels of Music Hall have elevator access and accessible seating options. Assisted listening devices can be checked out at Guest Services in the Lindner Grand Foyer.
May I take pictures or use my phone?
Feel free to take as many as you would like outside the building or in the lobby. Post your favorite photos and tag us @CincySymphony or @CincinnatiPops and #MusicComesHome. Flash photography, glowing screens and video are prohibited inside the auditorium during the performance. To allow everyone in the auditorium to enjoy the concert, make sure your phone is switched to silent or completely off.
How long are the concerts?
Most concerts are about 2 hours with a 15-20 minute intermission.
How do I find my seat?
Ushers, identified by a uniform and name tag, will greet you at the auditorium doors. They will offer you a Fanfare magazine and will help you to locate your seats.
When do I clap?
Audiences applaud when the orchestra, conductor, and soloists enter the stage. They applaud again at the end of each piece or after a conductor makes remarks to the audience. Some pieces have multiple sections or movements, so if you aren’t sure, watch for the conductor to lower their arms and turn to face the audience. Occasionally audiences will also clap at the end of a movement before a piece has finished if they are particularly moved or excited. This is completely ok!
Do I need to know about the music before I come to the concert?
No--it is an amazing experience to simply come and hear a piece of music for the first time without any prior knowledge of the music. Some people find that their enjoyment and enrichment is enhanced if they read the program notes before coming to the concert, or after you've heard the music. If you wish to learn more about the music we provide program notes at the concert in our Fanfare magazine and on our website. We also email program notes in advance to all ticketbuyers, so make sure we have your email address. We host Classical Conversations one hour before most Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts.
All ticket buyers receive Concert E-Minders via email before each concert with info about the program, bonus experiences, parking, dining, etc. Make sure we have your email address so we can send helpful and important information to you! Call us at 513.381.3300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide us with your email address.
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Explore the neighborhood.
If are looking for somewhere new-to-you to eat in Over-the-Rhine, we recommend this list of options from the Over-the-Rhine Chamber.
For great hotel recommendations visit Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.
CSO Food Truck Fridays
Enjoy a rotating variety of food trucks in front of Music Hall on Elm Street on six of our Friday nights. Feel free to bring your food inside to enjoy in the Music Hall lobby.
2017: OCT 20 | NOV 24
2018: JAN 12 | FEB 16 | MAR 2 | APR 6
Connecting to our community.
Music Hall is a cultural resource for all in our community. As part of our vision to engage audiences and community, we partner with a variety of human service organizations to open our doors to those in our community who otherwise cannot afford to attend.
The Time is Now
The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall is asking everyone to join them as they preserve, promote, and enhance Music Hall now and for generations to come!
It has been over 40 years since the visionary philanthropists Patricia and Ralph Corbett led the last extensive renovation of Music Hall. For perspective, in the decades to follow, dozens of new concert halls have either been built or renovated in other major markets across the country. Our Music Hall also deserves and requires regular care and attention to remain a world-class performing arts facility for the community.
Music Hall’s resident companies have been working with 3CDC and the Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) on this project. Resident companies include the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera. The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) is dedicated to preserving and promoting Music Hall. The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is the facility manager for Music Hall. The direction of this effort satisfies the needs of each of these organizations and Music Hall’s many stakeholders.
The public voice has also been critical to informing the direction and scope of this project. Feedback dates back to 2010 when MHRC was formed, and certainly three public forums held in 2012 provided enormously valuable feedback to the process and the proposed renovations. For instance, concerns over the proposed removal of the chandelier in Springer Auditorium and the proposed removal of escalators in the South Hall caused those decisions to be reevaluated and ultimately reversed.
3CDC, working in lockstep with the resident companies, went through a rigorous request for proposals (RFP) process to ensure the project had the right team to meet the goals of the project. This new design team includes: PWWG, one of the leading architecture firms in the nation in historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse; design architect Martinez + Johnson, which specializes in performing arts venues; acoustician Akustiks, which brings renowned expertise, design and careful planning around Music Hall’s acoustics; and theater planners and lighting designers from Schuler Shook.
The expertise behind this project is second to none.
Dive deeper into the renovation and keep up to date with these resources: