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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!

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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:

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If you have questions or comments for the Orchestra or May Festival related to the Music Hall project please direct them to updates@cincinnatisymphony.org.

Get involved with the Music Hall Renovations and make a difference.

Donations are continually welcome and encouraged. When following the link below, make sure to select  Save Our Icons Fund – Music Hall. To give your input on the process, please send your comments and questions for the project team via the contact button below.

Music Hall Renovation Update

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Transition To The Taft Theatre

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Music Hall Renovation Overview

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