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Music Hall


We are thrilled to welcome you back to the beautifully restored Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark and the crown jewel of Over-the-Rhine, starting October 6, 2017. After an extensive renovation, Music Hall is—perhaps now more than ever in the building’s 149-year history—a welcoming beacon for the community and a pantheon of the arts for generations to come.

Features include:

• New comfortable seats

• Increased legroom

• Improved sightlines and accessibility

Richer, more evenly distributed acoustics

• Historic character enhanced—and in some cases, revealed again.

Additionally, there are many more upgrades to the audience experience in the refreshed Music Hall.

Audience lounge: Visit this new space created for wine and conversation, front and center in the Grand Foyer. It is also a great place to pause if you’re running late or need to step out.

Increased restrooms: More restrooms on every level (over 50% more!) means less waiting.

Enhanced concessions: Enjoy enhanced service, local offerings and premium coffee, plus specialty cocktails in conjunction with themed performances such as Friday Orange. Pre-order your drink and have it ready for you at intermission. Drinks are also now allowed into the auditorium for most performances.

Places to gather: In addition to the audience lounge, look for more space around the building to pause, socialize or meet someone new. We’ve increased tables and seating in the North and South Halls, and have added a well-appointed lobby just off the Box Office with curated artifacts from Music Hall’s amazing historical collections.

Improved safety and accessibility: Look for elevators that reach all floors, a street-level handicapped entrance at the Box Office, increased wheelchair and companion seating options, plus a state-of-the-art assistive listening device system. (The CSO and Pops also make certain performances interpreted for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. Please call the Box Office or see the website, cincinnatisymphony.org for this information.)

For families: We are making it easier to introduce younger people to the CSO, with new family restrooms and diaper changing stations, plus a new childcare rebate—details at cincinnatisymphony.org/childcare. (Please note that regular CSO concerts are limited to ages 6+, but Lollipops Family Concerts, Pops Family Series and Young People’s Concerts are appropriate for young children.)

“Found” space, reimagined: The architects made clever use of formerly unused spaces throughout Music Hall and uncovered stunning historical details. One example is the Wilks Studio on the second floor, a brand new space for rehearsals, performances and special events.

Not sure where to sit in the renovated hall? 
- For best blend of value and great acoustics: Price Zone B on Orchestra and Balcony levels and Price Zones B and C on the Gallery level
- Best leg room: All price zones on orchestra level, plus sections 1, 2, 6 and 7 on Balcony and Gallery levels
- Lowest Price: Partial View A & B on all three levels
- Best sightlines: Premium and Zone A seats on Orchestra and Balcony levels
- Best overall value: Zone E on Gallery level

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Riverbend Music Center


CONCERT DAY INFO

Grounds open 1 1/2 hours prior to the concert. For your safety, bags and coolers will be searched at the gate by event staff.
Ticket prices go up day of show. Order in advance to save money!
The Riverbend Box Office is open 11-6 M-F, 11-2 on Saturday, and 11am through intermission on concert days.
Full-service ticketing for all CSO and Pops Riverbend performances is available through the CSO Box Office at 513.381.3300.

FOOD & DRINK

Visit the concession stands for food and beverage options. 
Would you rather bring a picnic to eat on the lawn? You may bring your own food and sealed bottled water. Other beverages can be purchased at the concession stands. Avoid packing anything in glass or metal containers.

ACCESSIBILITY

Golf carts are available to transport patrons to and from the main parking lot and Main Gate by the Box Office. Ushers with wheelchairs are available to transport patrons to and from the Main Gate to their seat.
Riverbend Music Center's wheelchairs are for transportation use to and from seats. If you wish to sit in a wheelchair during the performance, bring your wheelchair with you to the concert.
Accessible seating for wheelchairs is available in the pavilion and next to the lawn; call the Box Office for details.

LAWN SEATING

All chairs must be set up behind the designated chair line.
Pack a picnic! See Food & Drink for more info.
The lawn is an eco-friendly, all-weather synthetic grass surface.

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY

All patrons sitting in the pavilion must have a ticket, regardless of age.
We do not recommend children 6 and under sit in the Pavilion for most Pops concerts. 

WEATHER
Blankets, rain jackets, ponchos, and small umbrellas are allowed. Large umbrellas are not allowed.

Questions? Call us at 513.381.3300! The CSO Box Office is happy to help.