Prior to Music Hall's existence, concerts and musical performances were often held at Exposition Hall. Unfortunately, the hall had a tin roof which generated a lot of noise whenever there was rain. At the 1875 Cincinnati Musical Festival, the falling rain caused so much noise, the performance had to be stopped. It was then that Cincinnati businessman, Reuben R. Springer, decided Cincinnati needed a Musical Hall. Three years later, Reuben Springer's idea and plans became a reality when Music Hall was dedicated at the fourth May Festival performance in 1878.
As a tribute to the man who made Music Hall possible, the main auditorium is named Springer Auditorium.
It is only fitting that the 2016 May Festival performance will be the final performance at Music Hall until it reopens as a revitalized gem in the fall of 2017. For a limited time only, you too can make an impact on the revitalization project and add your name to Springer Auditorium! Donations of $5,000 or more reserve the right to name a seat in Springer Auditorium! For more information or to make a tax deductible gift, please visit the Support Us page.
For more information on the history of Music Hall, please visit the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall's website.