Music Hall

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.

Update: Supporters of the so-called "icon tax" are worried about signs Hamilton County Commissioners may remove Music Hall from the proposed sales tax. Such a move, they say, would result in the loss of millions in promised philanthropic gifts. Commissioner Monzel has already voiced his support for such a plan and Commissioner Hartmann wants to see a bigger commitment from the City of Cincinnati, which council members haven't so far done.

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Update 7/29/14 9 a.m.: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's staff is confirming reports he would have the city make annual payments toward the upkeep of Union Terminal for the next 25 years.  Cranley says he will propose that the city continue to make $200,000 annual payments toward Union Terminal’s maintenance. The city is currently paying that amount, but there is no legal obligation to continue it.

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More than a thousand people, most of them in favor of putting a sales tax increase on the ballot, turned out at the first of two public hearings on the issue. The money would be used to renovate the crumbling Union Terminal and pay for upgrades at Music Hall. 

There was passion on both sides of the issue during the three hour meeting at the Sharonville Convention Center. Most agreed the icons should be preserved, but who would and how to pay for it was in question.

If the group "Save our Icons" has its way, Hamilton County residents will be able to cast a ballot in November on a proposed 9-year 0.25% sales tax to pay for renovation of Music Hall and Union Terminal. It would  raise the county sales tax to 7%.

The Cultural Facilities Task Force recommended the tax to fund the renovations estimated to be $331 million. Private money is also being raised. Hamilton County Commissioners have until August 6 to put the issue before voters.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation is expanding on why it took the unprecedented step of naming two buildings from the same city to its annual list of Top 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Vice President John Hildreth says the decision to name Music Hall and Union Terminal to the list was a "no-brainer."