“CINCINNATI – A $143 million renovation of the National Historic Landmark pushed the orchestra forward, narrowed the room, and cut 1,000 seats. In the Cincinnati Symphony’s homecoming, the acoustics were still a work in progress.”
Read my first impressions of Music Hall’s acoustics by clicking here: “Old is New Again in Cincinnati’s Reborn Music Hall” at Classical Voice North America, journal of the Music Critics Association of North America.
I went back on Saturday for the free Community Open House, and was amazed to see thousands of people of all ages and some with strollers and wheelchairs, pouring through the doors and visiting every nook and cranny of the hall.
I was thrilled to see the incredible installation of the historic art-carved organ panels from Music Hall’s 1878 Hook & Hastings Organ in the Taft Suite, a new lounge for donors.
And I was surprised when I arrived at Corbett Tower in the third floor and discovered hundreds of people seated in chairs for a free performance by Cincinnati Opera singers.
Below are two preview articles that appeared on the national website MusicalAmerica.org on Friday. Click on the titles to read them:
“Tonight’s Grand Reopening: Cinci’s Storied Music Hall” (The No. 1 article on the site being read.)
What were your impressions of the hall’s new look and new sound? Let me know!