Memorial Hall

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Memorial Hall can sometimes be overshadowed by Music Hall.  But like its larger next-door neighbor in Over-the-Rhine, the performance space is also about to be updated.

Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel isn't ready to give up on the idea of turning part of the former Mercy Mt. Airy hospital into a new crime lab.

Last week, commission president Greg Hartmann said a vote was likely soon and indicated it didn't look promising.

Monzel says he's trying to find a public/private partnership to make it happen.

Amy Spasoff / Memorial Hall

Update: 02/04/2015

Over-the-Rhine's historic Memorial Hall is ready to undergo major renovations. Hamilton County Commissioners today agreed to enter a development agreement with 3CDC to update and operate the 600-seat performance hall.

All three commissioners voted 'yes' on the project, which includes a $1.5 million contribution from the county.


Original post date: 02/02/2015 3:27 p.m.

Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine is poised to undergo renovations if Hamilton County Commissioners sign off on the project.

The second year of Memorial Hall’s Signature Series events kicks off on November 14 with their Broadway & Bordeaux evening of red wine and CCM alum and Broadway superstar Faith Prince. Memorial Hall’s Board Chair Bill Baumann and Board Member Tim Swallow join Ron Esposito with details on all the offerings in this series.

Anne Arenstein has a preview of the fall concert from the women’s chorus MUSE in a conversation with the group’s artistic director, Rhonda Juliano. The concert, Unresolved, happens on November 22 at Memorial Hall with special guests, the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project.

Memorial Hall will present their Signature Series "Simply Swinging" concert on Friday, April 18th.  The show will feature Steve Lippia with the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.  Before the concert, the Mad Men-themed reception will include Salon 21, lite bites by Elegant Fare and Catered Affair, plus cocktails from Obscura and Madisono's gelato.  The reception and open bar begins at 6:30pm followed by the performance at 8, and dancing at 9pm.  The evening is co-presented by the Blue Wisp and Memor

2013 saw the start of Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall’s Signature Series of food, art and performance events. Lee Hay learns from Executive Director Teresa Summe-Haas that the New Year will bring more of these events. Friday, January 24 brings Choirs by Night featuring performances from the May Festival Chamber Choir, the Martin Luther King Choir and students from the SCPA. February 21 will be Bluegrass and Bourbon, and April 18 is Simply Swinging.

Provided / Commissioner Greg Hartmann's office.

Cincinnati's Union Terminal is in need of major repairs but Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann says the Museum Center is going to have to find a way to lower the price tag.

Hartmann says the current $180 million estimate is too high.

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Historic Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine is getting a new lease on life.

Hamilton County Commissioners are leasing the performance hall to 3CDC. The 40-year-deal will allow for major renovations.

Marge Hammelrath is CEO of the Memorial Hall Society. She says the organization will maintain oversight of the building and its operations.

"That's our thing that we worked for in this agreement. We wanted to make sure that the hall stays in the hands of the people and we represent {the} community as a non profit," she says.

Hamilton County Commissioners feel they were left in the dark as the city and the Port Authority worked out Cincinnati's proposed parking outsourcing plan. They're drafting a letter to the city to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Commission President Chris Monzel says, "Making sure there's no risk exposure on the county's part for  what the Port's doing with the city and vice versa if we go off and do something with the county, could that hurt the city in any way. Those type of things, I think, need to be figured out in the future."