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Remainder of 2020-2021 Season Cancelled at Cincinnati Music Theatre

cmt_logoDearest CMT Family,

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the remainder of our 2019/2020 Main Stage and Studio Series seasons. This was a very difficult decision, and one we made in conjunction with our partners at The Cincinnati Arts Association and the Aronoff Center. I speak for myself and the CMT Board of Directors when I say that the arts are a vital and important part of our society and culture. Time spent in the Aronoff Center, our rehearsal spaces, and building and painting our sets is time spent in community with one another and we all miss it dearly.

We are not sitting idle during these trying times. In response to a rising tide of racism, hate and violence, CMT is forming a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee chaired by current Board Member Jacqlyn Schott. This committee will be a lens on how to maintain openness and foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community theater community. Our VP/Creative, Kendra Struthers, has formed a Creative Committee, and they are beginning the work to choose directors and shows for our 2021/2022 season. We are also working on producing a show with our fellow Aronoff resident company, Revolution Dance Theater. CMT Board Members Adrianna Boris (Marketing Chair) and Jacqlyn Schott (Development and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair) are working with Revolution Dance Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director, David Choate, on a performance featuring a diverse cast and addressing our current times.

Brighter days are ahead, and we will come through these dark times. Keep your hearts open and, above all else, show care and love to each other.

Warmest Regards and Holiday Wishes,

Peter B. Merten
President, Cincinnati Music Theater Board of Directors

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MIRROR BALL New Year’s Eve Celebration | Tue., Dec. 31 | Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom

CAA_Mirror Ball logoCINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Arts Association is pleased to announce the inaugural Mirror Ball New Year’s Eve celebration to benefit historic Music Hall. Take a look into the rearview as you celebrate another decade gone by and dance the night away into a brand new year! Experience a fantastical New Year’s Eve adventure surrounded by the beauty of one of Cincinnati’s most historic and beloved performance venues. Part futuristic disco, part reflection of our past, Mirror Ball promises an evening of spectacle, not to mention dancing, drinking, and late night eating. The event is restricted to ages 21 and older. The event begins at 9pm.

Hit the dance floor with DJ ETrayn, enjoy a specialty New Year’s Eve craft cocktail created by Cincinnati’s own Molly Wellmann, be amazed with performances by Elevated Aerialists, and discover plenty of other surprises!

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM at CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS}, and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices.

  • General Admission: $100 (in advance) / $125 (day of) – includes open bar, lite bites, party favors, and entertainment
  • VIP: $150 (in advance) / $175 (day of) – includes exclusive private lounge, private open bar, VIP wines by Kevin Hart of Hart & Cru, lite bites, party favors, and entertainment

All proceeds benefit historic Music Hall.

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Part-Time/Seasonal Positions Available at Cincinnati Arts Association

caa_logoThe Cincinnati Arts Association is seeking individuals with an outgoing personality who enjoy working with people, and who possess exceptional customer service skills.

If this is you, come visit us for Open Interviews on Monday, July 29th and Tuesday, July 30th from 11:00a-2:00p and 4:00p-7:00p; Saturday, August 3rd, 11:00a-2:00p.

All positions are Part-Time and/or Seasonal with flexible schedules requiring primarily nights and weekends, some weekday shifts available.
Bring your resume or go to www.cincinnatiarts.org to download an application to complete and bring with you.

PART-TIME/SEASONAL POSITIONS AVAILABLE

CUSTODIAL SERVICES
Our Custodial Services staff will provide and maintain a clean and safe environment at our Music Hall facility for our guests, clients and staff, by cleaning all areas of the facility and arranging set-ups for events. Floor experience is a plus. Approximately 20 hours per week. Mainly nights and weekends.

EVENT STAFF
Our Event Staff will assist in ensuring a safe and secure environment for our clients, guests, and staff at our Aronoff Center and Music Hall facilities, by conducting security screenings and monitoring the premises, while providing exceptional customer service. Previous experience in a security and/or customer-service environment is helpful.

FRONT-OF-HOUSE/AUDIENCE SERVICES
Our Floor Supervisor positions will facilitate a safe and positive guest experience at our Aronoff Center and Music Hall facilities by overseeing Front-of-House functions, monitoring lobby activities and supervising volunteer ushers. Must be available nights and weekends for up to 10 shifts a month, weekday availability welcome. Previous supervisory experience is a plus.

TICKETING SERVICES
Our Ticketing Services Representatives will be stationed at our Aronoff Center Ticketing Services office as they assist customers and handle ticket sales in person and by phone, while providing exceptional and friendly customer service to our guests. Aptitude to learn ticketing software and basic math skills are necessary.

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Cincinnati Music Hall Honored with the Preservation Merit Award

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From the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office

(Cincinnati, OH) – The renovation and restoration of Cincinnati Music Hall received the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office at an awards luncheon on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Each year, the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office recognizes outstanding achievements in historic preservation in communities across Ohio. State Historic Preservation Officer Burt Logan presented the award to Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) and Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) representative Peter Koenig, who was in Columbus at the Ohio History Center to accept the honor on behalf of MHRC and SPMH.  Peter serves on the board of MHRC and is in his fourth year as President of SPMH.

The additional recipients of the Preservation Merit Award include the following Music Hall renovation project team members:  Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), project manager, represented at the luncheon by Alexis Barnes; Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), lead architect, represented by Andreas Lange; Martinez + Johnson (M&J), theater architect, represented by Gary Martinez; Messer, construction manager; and Judy Williams, historic preservation consultant, who was also present at the awards ceremony. In addition, SPMH board member and Music Hall historian Thea Tjepkema was at the luncheon as a guest of SPMH.

The Preservation Merit Award honors the preservation of Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture, or culture. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, restoring, rehabilitating, or otherwise preserving an important building or site; longtime stewardship of a property; promoting protective legislation; funding preservation projects; offering leadership, support, or service; and furthering preservation at the local, regional, or state level.

“Music Hall received the Preservation Merit Award for several reasons,” said Burt Logan, CEO & Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection. “The work restored architectural details that had been lost to time and earlier alterations, while incorporating modern amenities that improve the experience for performers and audiences. Music Hall Revitalization Company and its partners have done a remarkable job of preserving this National Historic Landmark and extending its useful life for generations to come.”

After the curtain fell on the 2016 May Festival, Music Hall closed to the public for a sixteen-month, $143 million renovation – one of the most comprehensive transformations in the venue’s 140-year history – and celebrated a triumphant Grand Opening in October 2017. The revitalization project brought much-needed updates and upgrades to this beloved arts destination, while improving upon its world-class acoustics and retaining its historic grandeur. Iconic Music Hall has experienced many revitalization and rehabilitation projects since it was built in 1878, and the venue appeared on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places as recently as 2014. The National Trust now lists Music Hall as a “saved” structure.

“I have been honored to be involved with this project for most of the past decade, and I was privileged to participate in the exciting and successful renovation of Music Hall,”  said Peter Koenig, SPMH President. “This prestigious award from the State of Ohio’s official historic preservation agency recognizes the fulfillment of MHRC‘s mission to organize and lead the renovation of Music Hall.  In addition, the award underscores the steadfast commitment of SPMH to its mission of preserving and improving Music Hall, and perpetuating the venue as the premier cultural center of the region and as a National Historic Landmark of international significance.”

This is the second award Music Hall has received in the past month.  On October 23, the venue was honored with the Historic Theater of the Year award from Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony in downtown Cleveland.

About the State Historic Preservation Office
The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office is Ohio’s official historic preservation agency. It identifies historic places in Ohio; nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places; reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources in Ohio; certifies local government historic preservation programs and administers grants to them; consults on conservation of older buildings and sites; and offers educational programs and publications. The “Catalytic Award” of $25 million that the Music Hall renovation project received from the state of Ohio for the Historic Tax Credit came from the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), an extension of the State Historic Preservation Office.

Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, and the local history office. The Ohio History Connection also manages more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio.

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Cincinnati Music Hall Recognized as Historic Theater of the Year by Heritage Ohio

CAA_Cincinnati Music Hall(Cincinnati, OH) – Cincinnati Music Hall received the Historic Theater of the Year award from Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, October 23 at the historic Allen Theater in downtown Cleveland.

The Historic Theater of the Year award was created to celebrate the most ambitious and successful theater rehabilitations throughout Ohio, and the ceremony’s independent award selection committee was quick to recognize Music Hall with the award this year.

“We were thrilled to recognize Cincinnati’s Music Hall,” said Joyce Barrett, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio. “As a National Historic Landmark, the importance of this rehabilitation has national significance. It is a spectacular place, and a stunning example of historic preservation.”

Cincinnati’s iconic Music Hall has experienced many revitalization and rehabilitation projects since it was built in 1878, and the venue appeared on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places as recently as 2014.

After the curtain fell on the 2016 May Festival, Music Hall closed to the public for a sixteen-month, $143 million renovation – one of the most comprehensive transformations in the venue’s 140-year history – and celebrated a triumphant Grand Opening in October 2017. The revitalization project brought much-needed updates and upgrades to this beloved arts destination, while improving upon its world-class acoustics and retaining its historic grandeur.

The Music Hall renovation project team included the Music Hall Revitalization Company, led during the project by Board Chair Otto M. Budig, Jr; Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), project manager; Messer, construction manager; Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), lead architect; Martinez + Johnson (M+J), theater architect; Akustiks, acousticians; and Schuler Shook, theater consultants; with support from the Cincinnati Arts Association, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, and the venue’s acclaimed resident companies – Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and May Festival.

“Nearly everything is subject to the change of fashion and time,” said Otto M. Budig, Jr., Chairman of the Music Hall Revitalization Company during the renovation project. “Although life is short, the revitalization of Music Hall will provide generations yet to be born a home for the arts, which has been saved by an uprising of love from the community it serves. I was honored to lead this effort.”

“The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall is honored to be a co-recipient of this award and was privileged to participate in the exciting and successful historic renovation of Music Hall. This award underscores the commitment of SPMH to fulfill its core mission to preserve and improve Music Hall as the premier cultural center of Greater Cincinnati,” said Peter Koenig, President of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall.

“Because historic preservation is as much an art as it is science, Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) led a large team of design, engineering, and construction experts in skillful triage about what to restore and what to modernize to ensure Music Hall’s structural integrity and architectural heritage, while creating extraordinary environments for performers, patrons, and staff,” said Alan Weiskopf, Managing Principal at PWWG and Principal-in-Charge for the Music Hall Revitalization. “The team made sensitive changes and judiciously allocated available funds at every stage so that the building achieves the highest level of performance for performing arts, and delivers a winning variety of new amenities, with the character-defining features intact that make it a one-of-a-kind architectural jewel. PWWG is delighted that the project is being recognized for the monumental achievement of our team members and stakeholders.”

About Heritage Ohio
As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of local tourism. Learn more by visiting www.heritageohio.org.

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