“Music Hall’s grand reopening in October will include a gala opening night party, a pair of festive concerts and a free community open house,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Friday’s (1/27) Cincinnati Enquirer. “After the doors reopen on Oct. 6 following a 16-month, $135 million renovation, visitors will experience five weekends of opening concerts, each spotlighting a resident company: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati May Festival. CSO music director Louis Langrée will lead the inaugural concerts … kicking off the celebration with John Adams’ galvanizing piece, ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine.’ … For the first time since the hall closed in May 2016, patrons will find freshened décor, expanded restrooms, more concessions, improved accessibility and new, wider seats with more legroom…. Musicians will be performing on a new ‘thrust’ stage, extending about 12 feet farther into the hall than previously. They will sit entirely on risers…. More performances will be offered on Friday mornings and Sundays.” The CSO season will include commissioned world premieres by Jonathan Bailey Holland, Julia Adolphe, Emily Cooley, Enrico Chapela, and Pierre Jalbert, and April will feature concerts marking Leonard Bernstein’s centennial.
Posted January 30, 2017