In Monday’s (9/14) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio), Janelle Gelfand writes that the revitalization project of Cincinnati’s Music Hall, home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati May Festival, “has a firm construction timetable and a final design team. Officials announced Monday that the historic, 1878 landmark will completely shut down in June for what is now a $129 million construction project. Following an extensive and complex renovation, it will reopen in fall 2017…. Two architectural firms will be dividing the work in Music Hall…. They are Martinez + Johnson Architecture, based in Washington, D.C. … and Pittsburgh-based Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG)…. In addition, an acoustics firm, Akustiks, headquartered in Connecticut, has been hired…. Currently, Music Hall is a vast space of more than 1 million cubic feet, seating up to 3,500 patrons. At least 1,000 seats will be eliminated…. For symphony concerts, the orchestra will be seated farther out into the hall on a ‘thrust’ stage…. A new acoustical shell and overhead acoustical treatments, such as clouds, are being designed for the orchestra.” While Music Hall is closed, the CSO will perform at the Taft Theatre.
Posted September 15, 2015