Music Hall

1241 Elm Street , Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 621-2787
(513) 621-2787

ABOUT MUSIC HALL

Built in 1878 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975, Cincinnati’s Music Hall is among the City’s most recognizable buildings. Impressive from the outside for its Victorian-gothic architecture, it’s arguably more remarkable on the inside as the home to the Cincinnati Opera (the nation’s second-oldest opera company), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (the nation’s sixth-oldest symphony orchestra), May Festival (the longest-running choral festival in the Western hemisphere), and Cincinnati Ballet.

Originally serving the City as its first convention center, the three buildings which make up the familiar Elm Street façade were early destinations for nationally-acclaimed Industrial Exhibitions, which firmly established the multi-use character of this unique venue. Continuing through the 1970s, programming included everything from sporting events (boxing, wrestling, tennis, ice skating, basketball), traditional exhibits (art, home, military, horticultural, automobile, and trade shows), and everything in between (circuses, big band dances, conventions, and  political events, including Republican and Democratic national conventions and campaign appearances by several Presidents).

Beyond its international reputation as a classical music venue, Music Hall is has been a popular destination for fans of contemporary artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, and Neil Young , to name just a few of the superstars who have performed there. And as if none of that were enough, the Hall has a reputation as one of the country’s most haunted buildings – in part due to the cemetery history of the site on which it was constructed, and in larger part to reports of strange phenomenon in and around the building.

Following a lengthy closure for extensive renovations during the 2016-17, Music Hall re-opened in October 2017 and has re-established itself as Cincinnati’s premiere special events and concert venue and an integral part of the vibrant Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in which it is located. Over the past several years, OTR itself has experienced nothing short of a renaissance, spearheaded by local developer 3CDC, and Music Hall now finds itself surrounded by trendy restaurants and shops, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Memorial Hall, and the new Shakespeare Theater. The renovation of Washington Park (directly across the street) provided Music Hall with an expansive front lawn, returned a beautiful greenspace to the daily use of its community, and further enhanced the experience of first-time visitors –  ensuring Music Hall will be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.

Upcoming Events

More Info for Thibaudet Plays Liszt
Feb 3 - 4, 2023
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Thibaudet Plays Liszt

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Feb 3 - 4, 2023
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Thibaudet Plays Liszt

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for Alice (In Wonderland)
Feb 10 - 19, 2023
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Alice (In Wonderland)

Cincinnati Ballet

Feb 10 - 19, 2023
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Alice (In Wonderland)

Cincinnati Ballet

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More Info for Ghost Tours of Music Hall
Feb 14 - June 2, 2023
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Ghost Tours of Music Hall

Friends of Music Hall

Feb 14 - June 2, 2023
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Ghost Tours of Music Hall

Friends of Music Hall

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More Info for Slay the Runway
Mar 4, 2023 / Saturday
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Slay the Runway

Mar 4, 2023 / Saturday
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Slay the Runway

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Event Starts 11:00 AM
More Info for Death & Transfiguration
Mar 4 - 5, 2023
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Death & Transfiguration

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mar 4 - 5, 2023
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Death & Transfiguration

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for Marvel's Black Panther
Mar 10 - 12, 2023
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Marvel's Black Panther

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Mar 10 - 12, 2023
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Marvel's Black Panther

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

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More Info for The Mermaid
Mar 17 - 18, 2023
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The Mermaid

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mar 17 - 18, 2023
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The Mermaid

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for Beethoven's Fifth
Mar 24 - 26, 2023
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Beethoven's Fifth

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mar 24 - 26, 2023
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Beethoven's Fifth

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for March Lollipops Concert
Mar 25, 2023 / Saturday
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March Lollipops Concert

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mar 25, 2023 / Saturday
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March Lollipops Concert

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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Event Starts 10:30 AM
More Info for Spring Ball
Mar 25, 2023 / Saturday
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Spring Ball

Mar 25, 2023 / Saturday
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Spring Ball

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
More Info for CSO Proof: Surrealist El Tropical
Mar 29 - 30, 2023
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CSO Proof: Surrealist El Tropical

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mar 29 - 30, 2023
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CSO Proof: Surrealist El Tropical

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for Riverdance - 25th Anniversary Show
Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2023
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Riverdance - 25th Anniversary Show

Cincinnati Arts Association

Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2023
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Riverdance - 25th Anniversary Show

Cincinnati Arts Association

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More Info for Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Apr 7 - 8, 2023
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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Apr 7 - 8, 2023
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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzer
Apr 13, 2023 / Thursday
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Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzer

Friends of Music Hall

Apr 13, 2023 / Thursday
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Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzer

Friends of Music Hall

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
More Info for Classical Roots
Apr 14, 2023 / Friday
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Classical Roots

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Apr 14, 2023 / Friday
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Classical Roots

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
More Info for Pictures at an Exhibition
Apr 15 - 16, 2023
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Pictures at an Exhibition

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Apr 15 - 16, 2023
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Pictures at an Exhibition

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for Mahler Symphony No. 7
Apr 21 - 22, 2023
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Mahler Symphony No. 7

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Apr 21 - 22, 2023
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Mahler Symphony No. 7

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for Ben Folds
Apr 25, 2023 / Tuesday
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Ben Folds

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Apr 25, 2023 / Tuesday
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Ben Folds

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
More Info for Ragtime in Concert
Apr 28 - 30, 2023
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Ragtime in Concert

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Apr 28 - 30, 2023
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Ragtime in Concert

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

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More Info for Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
May 5 - 7, 2023
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Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

May 5 - 7, 2023
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Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for An American in Paris
May 12 - 13, 2023
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An American in Paris

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

May 12 - 13, 2023
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An American in Paris

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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More Info for LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
June 22 - 24, 2023
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LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Cincinnati Opera

June 22 - 24, 2023
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LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Cincinnati Opera

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More Info for THE KNOCK
June 23 - July 7, 2023
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THE KNOCK

Cincinnati Opera

June 23 - July 7, 2023
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THE KNOCK

Cincinnati Opera

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More Info for THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
July 6 - 8, 2023
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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Cincinnati Opera

July 6 - 8, 2023
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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Cincinnati Opera

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More Info for MADAME BUTTERFLY
July 22 - 29, 2023
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MADAME BUTTERFLY

July 22 - 29, 2023
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MADAME BUTTERFLY

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