Cincinnati Symphony’s new venue, opening Nov. 2020, to be named after local musician and CCM graduate

Posted on: December 16, 2019

“The music venue to be built at the Banks will be called the Andrew J. Brady Icon Music Center,” writes Steve Watkins in Wednesday’s (12/11) Cincinnati Business Courier. “Jonathan Martin, the president of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, announced the name Wednesday morning…. The venue, which has been dubbed ‘the Icon,’ is named for Brady, a 1938 graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music who taught music at Rothenberg Elementary in Over-the-Rhine before becoming music director at Western Hills High School…. He performed at well-known local concerts…. Brady died in 2004…. Music & Event Management Inc., a subsidiary of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, will own and operate the 4,500-seat facility that’s expected to cost $27 million to build. An adjoining park space would hold 8,000 people for outdoor concerts…. The facility is expected to open in late November 2020…. [MEMI CEO Mike] Smith said … donations covered the money that could have been raised by selling naming rights, enabling the symphony to honor Brady…. The ‘Icon’ part of the name has a double-meaning…. Through the process, people mentioned that the building and location were iconic, [Smith] said. ‘And this music teacher was an iconic individual himself.’ ”