Memorial Hall

The great musical icon, Mavis Staples, is coming to Memorial Hall on Friday, April 20th for a show which is sure to sell out.  Joining Elaine Diehl in our Corbett Studio to talk about her concert as well as the Longworth-Anderson concert series at Memorial Hall is Bill Baumann, Chairman of the Memorial Hall Society, and Rick McCarty from MEMI.

Their conversation goes into depth on how this series is put together and presented twice per year and also goes into detail about the pre-receptions prior to each concert in the series.  Of course, the pre-reception for Mavis Staples will include a very special award ceremony by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in honor of her civil rights work.  Rhiannon Giddens' upcoming performance at Memorial Hall on May 20th is also discussed.

American Roots Music Coming To Memorial Hall's Stage

Mar 30, 2018

The recently renovated Memorial Hall in OTR continues its diverse musical line-up with the second season of American Roots concerts. 

True Theatre: trueSong

Jan 19, 2018

Now in its 8th season, the storytelling of True Theatre has found a new home in the renovated Memorial Hall. Co-founder David Levy tells Rick Pender about the growth of the organization and previews the January 22 event, trueSong

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Friends and family of former Cincinnati mayor and council member Bobbie Sterne will gather next Wednesday at Memorial Hall to remember her and her contributions to the life of the city.

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On October 28 and 29, the design and architecture show DesignBuildCincy returns, appropriately, to the newly-renovated Music Hall. The show is for professionals as well as anyone looking for ideas to add creativity, interest and function to their own living and work spaces.

Jazz, gospel and singers from a dozen African American church choirs raising their voices are all part of the upcoming Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra concert called Come Together

Enjoy A Play With Your Lunch At Memorial Hall

Mar 31, 2017

Memorial Hall has a new, creative way to spend your lunch hour. Play With Your Lunch is a series featuring local actors, short plays and lunch and director Herb Duval has more details in this conversation with Jim Stump.

Pink Martini Is Coming To Memorial Hall

Mar 3, 2017

Known for their eclectic playlist and occasional guest appearances by Ari Shapiro from NPR, Pink Martini is the "little orchestra" from Portland, Oregon that has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years. 

The new year promises a full slate of unique programming at the newly renovated Memorial Hall in Over the Rhine. 

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Renovations at Cincinnati's Memorial Hall are complete. The historic concert and event hall underwent an $11 million update including new flooring, expanded theater and catering spaces, technology upgrades, and the addition of a modern air conditioning system.

The massive renovations to Memorial Hall (next to Music Hall on Elm Street) are almost complete and the building will come alive starting Thanksgiving weekend. 

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From new amenities to improved access, many arts venues around town are getting major makeovers. Starting in June, Music Hall will be closed for the most detailed renovation in its nearly 140-year history. Memorial Hall closed last May and is currently under renovation. Over-the-Rhine is also getting a new theater on the corner of 12th and Elm streets.

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The cost to renovate Memorial Hall is higher than estimated.  Sara Bedinghaus of 3CDC says the contractor bids were $3 million more than expected.

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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.

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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.

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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."

Local Artist's Holiday Sale

Nov 23, 2012

Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall will be in the holiday spirit on December 2 when a gathering of some of the area’s finest artists display and sell their works during the annual Holiday Sale. One of the artists, Brenda Tarbell, sits down with Jane Durrell to talk about this annual event and some of the participating artists.


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Memorial Hall is one of Hamilton County's storied venues but it often sits empty because of a lack of modern amenities like air conditioning.

The Memorial Hall Society, 3CDC and Hamilton County Commissioners are considering a partnership to revitalize the building.

Society president Bill Baumann says, "Our vision for Memorial Hall is to help it transition from an underutilized facility to and active arts center with a diverse offering of music concerts and other performing arts programs, film presentations, lectures and art exhibitions."