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2017-18 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS


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YOUR MUSIC HALL EXPERIENCE

Prepare to be transported by the beauty, grandeur and glory of Music Hall, renewed and transformed with updated audience amenities to make your concert experience sing. With new comfortable seats, increased legroom, improved sightlines and accessibility, and richer, more evenly distributed acoustics, your concert experience will be more intimate, comfortable and satisfying than ever before.

Music Hall’s historic character has been enhanced—and in some cases, revealed again. The building’s grand façade will be more inviting, as bricked-in windows are opened up upon their original state to bathe the building in natural light and cast up a view to beautiful Washington Park across the street. Architectural details such as original windows, coved ceilings and historic stenciling have been rediscovered and restored. In Music Hall you will find a delicate blend of the familiar and the surprising—the building you love, and the building that will take your breath away


MUSIC HALL: WELCOME HOME

Music Hall’s resident companies shine in five weeks of grand opening events, beginning with the CSO Season Opener on OCT 6-7 and a Community Open House on OCT 7. 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Experience this historic season, featuring five world premieres by a diverse array of composers, magnificent symphonies of Beethoven, Bruckner’s romantic Fourth, Mahler’s groundbreaking Titan and Tchaikovsky’s emotional Pathétique. Plus, enjoy a program of Baroque masterworks and the continuation of the popular One City, One Symphony program. 

DEBUSSY’S PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE

Debussy’s lush tale of forbidden love, presented in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera with staging by directing sensation James Darrah.

LOUIS LANGRÉE’S BEETHOVEN REVOLUTION

 While Beethoven’s music is essential today, much of it was considered revolutionary in its time. We begin this three-year exploration of all of Beethoven’s symphonies, starting in 2017-18 with the First, Fourth and Seventh—and pair them with works that are a modern mirror for Beethoven’s influence.

BERNSTEIN CENTENNIAL

In 2018, the 100th birthday celebration of the late, great conductor Leonard Bernstein will be heard around the world. The CSO, Pops, Cincinnati Ballet and May Festival will commemorate his special relationship with Cincinnati. 

FRIDAY ORANGE

Three Friday evenings include guest-curated experiences taking place pre-concert and during intermission, to illuminate the music and make your concert experience surprising and different.