Music Hall Renovation Design Team Announced

On September 14, the Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) announced that the project to restore and enhance Music Hall is moving forward. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2017.

Introducing Music Hall’s Design Team

It has been nearly 45 years since visionary philanthropists Patricia and J. Ralph Corbett led the last extensive renovation of Music Hall. For perspective, in those past four decades, dozens of new opera and concert halls have either been built or renovated in other major cities across the country. Our Music Hall also deserves an updating of its systems and audience amenities to remain a world-class performing arts facility for the community.

The public voice has also been critical to informing the direction and scope of this project. Feedback dates back to 2010 when MHRC was formed, and three public forums held in 2012 provided enormously valuable input into the process and the proposed renovations. Your input is always welcome; click here to share your thoughts.

Project leader 3CDC, working in close coordination with Music Hall’s resident companies, went through a rigorous request for proposals (RFP) process to ensure this undertaking had the right team to meet the goals of the project. This new design team includes: PWWG, one of the leading architecture firms in the nation in historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse; design architect Martinez + Johnson, which specializes in performing arts venues; acoustician Akustiks, which brings renowned expertise, design, and careful planning around Music Hall’s acoustics; and theater planners and lighting designers from Schuler Shook.

The expertise behind this project is second to none, and the team has already demonstrated terrific chemistry and a collaborative spirit. The design team is also firmly committed to Music Hall retaining its outstanding acoustics and historic character, while enhancing the experience of every audience member.

There will be frequent and clear communications throughout this process. You can return to this page for information and updates, as well as to find links to ask questions, offer feedback to the design team, and make donations to this critically important project.

The excitement is building!

We know getting this enormous project off the ground has not been easy, and strong support from throughout the community has been vitally important in getting us to this point. Music Hall is an iconic Cincinnati treasure, and we are grateful to the individual donors, companies, foundations, 3CDC, the Cultural Facilities Task Force (led by Cincinnati Opera President Murray Sinclaire, Jr.), the City of Cincinnati, and the State of Ohio for making this critically important project a reality. And through it all has been the steadfast leadership of Otto Budig and the Music Hall Revitalization Company.

Everyone involved with this project is committed to a vibrant and historic Music Hall that continues to serve our community for generations to come with a diverse array of extraordinary performances and events.

We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks and months!