Music 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.

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On May 1, 1877, construction began on Cincinnati’s Music Hall.  Now, 138 years later, the effort to renovate and restore the landmark received a large gift.

Edyth Lindner and the American Financial Group have pledged $10 million toward the estimated $125 million price tag.

The donation from Lindner and American Financial puts the fundraising effort within $10 million of the goal, according to Steve Leeper, president of 3CDC, a partner in the project.

Fans of TV’s Nashville will know Will Chase from his role as superstar Luke Wheeler. This Lexington, Kentucky native (and UK fan) is coming to Music Hall to join the Cincinnati Pops in their concert presentation of The Music Man on May 1-3. He joins Lee Hay by phone to talk about singing the role of Professor Harold Hill in this American musical classic, plus his role on one of primetime TV’s biggest hits.

  This weekend, the Cincinnati Pops is joins forces with Cirque Mechanics to create amazing performances that combine popular classics with spectacular acrobatics. Here to give us an idea of what’'s in store for Music Hall audiences, and what goes into melding the music and the mechanics into each performance, are Sam Strater, Cincinnati Pops director of artistic administration; and Chris Lashua, founder and artistic director of Cirque Mechanics.

Performances are March 27, 28 and 29, for more details and ticket information click here.

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Work continues to complete the funding puzzle to renovate Cincinnati's Music Hall.  

3CDC is helping with the project.  President Steve Leeper spoke to city council's Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday.  The plan has a price tag of $123 million and right now there is about a $20 million hole.

Janis Joplin was one of the iconic singers from the 60's free spirit scene.  Her flame burned brightly for the few years she performed on stage from the Monterey Pop Festival to her death too soon in 1970.  I didn't get to see her perform when she appeared at Music Hall, but there are still fans around town who did. 

The next concert from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is called American Originals and will feature a guest line-up including Rosanne Cash, Over the Rhine, Don Flemons and more, including Cincinnati’s own Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. Ed Cunningham from the All-Stars sits down with Lee Hay to talk about this celebration of Americana music happening January 23-25 at Music Hall.

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Music Hall supporters are another step closer to their fundraising goal to renovate the aging performance center.

Thursday the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded the project $25 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The normal credit is $5 million but the agency is allowed to award one "catalytic project" every two years. To qualify, projects must be large-scale rehabilitation efforts "that will foster significant economic development within a 2,500 foot radius of the building." This cycle, the agency chose Music Hall.

Holiday shoppers looking for locally-created, unique, one-of-a-kind gifts will again flock to the Crafty Supermarket on Saturday, November 29 (Small Business Saturday) at Cincinnati’s Music Hall Ballroom. Joining our Robyn Carey-Allgeyer for a preview of this, the fifth Crafty Supermarket, is Grace Dobush.

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