The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Returns to Music Hall


Grand Opening Concerts and Opening Night Celebration OCT 6-7

CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), with Music Director Louis Langrée, kicks off the 2017-18 subscription season and celebrates the grand opening of the Orchestra’s newly renovated Music Hall home with a grand opening concert program on Oct. 6- 7, 2017. Western & Southern Financial Group is sponsoring the CSO’s grand opening concerts as well as the Opening Night Celebration on Oct. 6 at Music Hall.

“When the Orchestra was faced with the challenge of transitioning from Music Hall to the Taft Theatre during the 2016-17 season, Western & Southern generously stepped up to the plate to ensure the transition was as seamless as possible by ensuring all subscribers received free, guaranteed parking downtown,” said Francie Hiltz, CSO Board Chair. “In this historic 2017-18 season, Western & Southern is again serving as a leader with its significant presenting sponsor support of the Grand Opening weekend on October 6-7. This is the kind of support, spearheaded by leaders like John Barrett and his team at Fort Washington Investment Advisors, that makes Cincinnati a destination for the arts and a place where corporate and nonprofit entities can work together to build a vibrant community.”

“Cincinnati is home to a world-class arts and entertainment scene,” said John F. Barrett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern Financial Group. “The newly renovated Music Hall is a brilliant gem. Western & Southern is honored to be a part of CSO’s Opening Night and the upcoming concert season. It will be a beautiful and memorable homecoming.”

Music Hall Grand Opening: Fall 2017

Following an extensive 16-month renovation of the National Historic Landmark, the CSO returns home Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7, 2017 (8 p.m.). The renovation included much-needed infrastructure improvements and audience experience enhancements, all while preserving the hall’s historic grandeur. The renovated Music Hall includes new, more comfortable seats, increased legroom,

expanded restroom facilities, restored historic details, unbricking historic windows, enhanced sightlines and acoustics, uncovering once forgotten architectural features and improved accessibility and safety throughout the hall.


Each of Music Hall’s resident companies (the CSO, Cincinnati Pops, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet) will be featured in performances during the first five weeks of opening.

CSO Grand Opening Weekend: On Oct. 6-7, Mr. Langrée will lead a program that showcases the full power and expressivity of the Orchestra. The program opens with John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine and closes with Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy. Young piano phenom Kit Armstrong makes his CSO debut as soloist for Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Jonathan Bailey Holland round out the celebratory program.

The CSO Opening Night Celebration will take place on Oct. 6 prior to the concert. Guests will enjoy cocktails in the lobby and beautifully restored Corbett Tower, as well as dinner in the ballroom, before being among the first to experience a performance in the stunning new Springer Auditorium. Tickets to the dinner celebration are sold separately and may be purchased by contacting Hannah Johnson at 513-744-3357.

The CSO is one of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles. With a determination for greatness and a rich tradition that dates back over 120 years, the internationally acclaimed CSO has performed the American premieres of works by the likes of Debussy, Mahler, Ravel and Bartók, and commissioned important compositions that have since become mainstays of the classical repertoire including Aaron Copland’s iconic Fanfare for the Common Man. With new commissions and groundbreaking initiatives like LUMENOCITY, One City, One Symphony, and the MusicNOW Festival collaboration, the Orchestra is committed to being a place of experimentation.

As Cincinnati’s ambassador, the Orchestra has toured extensively and sold millions of recordings around the globe, and as Cincinnati’s own, the Orchestra elevates the City’s vibrant cultural scene not only through CSO and Cincinnati Pops performances, but also by serving as the official orchestra for the Cincinnati Ballet, May Festival and Cincinnati Opera.