Emanuel Ax Plays Beethoven's Emperor

Sept 8 & 10 • Taft Theatre

Piano legend Emanuel Ax opens this stunning CSO season—the first to be held in Cincinnati’s Art Deco jewel, the Taft Theatre. Ax will perform Beethoven’s grand and magnificent Emperor Concerto. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, written as a humorous, determined, and confident response to his critics, completes this opening-weekend program.

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2016 Gala

Sept 9 • The Renaissance Hotel

A sultry evening with Latin-inspired music from our musicians.

Savor the color, sights and sounds of old HAVANA while our musicians sweep you away to a paradise under the stars with Latin-inspired music.

Hollywood Action & Adventure

Sept 16-18 • Taft Theatre

Join the Cincinnati Pops for an electrifying concert of action and adventure movie music, including favorites from Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Mission ImpossibleThe Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver) narrates this musical thrill ride.

Violin Legends: Hilary Hahn

Sept 23 -24 • Taft Theatre

Three-time Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn—a Cincinnati favorite—joins the CSO to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, likely the most celebrated Violin Concerto of all time. Together with Schumann’s triumphant Symphony No. 4, known for its “Clara” theme (he wrote the original version of the Symphony for his wife as a birthday present), this program is a “must hear” of the season.

Renovating Music Hall

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.

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Transition To The Taft Theatre

Update for Summer 2016

As you may have heard, Music Hall is currently undergoing its first major renovation in over 40 years. The building’s mechanical systems are in need of repair, and patrons may have noticed that Music Hall faces some challenges in regards to accessibility, patron comfort and convenience.

Music Hall Renovation Update

The planning process surrounding the renovation of Music Hall began with a litany of questions. Among the “whens” and “whys” came the question of “who?” Who would comprise the team to accomplish such a massive project?


The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presented LUMENOCITY, an amazing experience of music, art and light, and a celebration of the best of Cincinnati. Over three days & nights (August 5-7, 2016), 10 sold out shows, 22,000 people experienced LUMENOCITY at the Taft Theatre plus thousands more online and TV. 

See what workers have found so far...

During Cincinnati Music Hall's $135 million renovation