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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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Wake the Dead Bash with The Mighty Wurlitzer | Wed., Oct. 31 | Music Hall Ballroom

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Featuring Theatre Organist Trent Sims, Local Mixologist Molly Wellmann,
Music Hall Ghost Tours,
Guest Emcee Brock Leah Spears, and
Cincinnati’s Young Professional Choral Collective

(CINCINNATI, OH) – The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) will ‘Wake the Dead’ on October 31 from 9:00 PM to midnight at one of the country’s most historic and haunted places – Cincinnati Music Hall. SPMH’s inaugural Halloween Bash will delight adult audiences with spine-tingling tunes — played in Music Hall’s Grand Ballroom on The Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ by master organist, Trent Sims. Cincinnati’s legendary bartender, Molly Wellmann, will be mixing up spooktacular drinks for guests and ghouls alike.

In addition, Cincinnati’s Young Professional Choral Collective (YPCC) will “crash the bash” with creepy-crawly sing-alongs with local dance and drag favorite Brock Leah Spears as guest emcee.  Throughout  the evening, Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies will offer mini-ghost-tours throughout Music Hall, offering an incredible opportunity for Wake the Dead partygoers to tour this haunted venue.

Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Tickets are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center or Music Hall Ticket Office. For groups of ten or more, call (513) 977-4157.  Tickets include the ghost tours, light bites, one drink ticket, and pictures at a fun Framester photo booth!

The Mighty Wurlitzer
The Mighty Wurlitzer was installed in the ornate Albee Theater on Fountain Square in December 1927 – one of only 2,200 theatre-organs produced at that time to accompany silent feature films.  When talkies took over in 1929, the theatre organ was mainly silenced.  The Albee organ was donated to the Emery Theater in 1969 (where it played for movies and other events) and was partially rebuilt by the Ohio Valley Organ Club. It was removed from the Emery in 1999 and put into storage.

The leadership at SPMH thought the historic Music Hall Ballroom would be an ideal location for the instrument, and in June 2007, Ronald F. Wehmeier, Inc., Pipe Organ Service in Cincinnati was contacted to completely rebuild and install the Wurlitzer. A donor foundation funded the entire project in the amount of $1.41 million.  Only a small number of Wurlitzers of this size still exist, and Cincinnati (the home of the Wurlitzer Company) is one of the few cities in the country to have an instrument of this quality.

The Wurlitzer was expanded in tonal colors and effects, from nineteen ranks of pipes to thirty-one ranks (a rank is made up of 61 pipes, and represents orchestral sounds, such as trumpets, flutes, tubas, strings, etc.).  A full array of percussion effects is also present – xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, chimes, and even a large Steinway grand – all playable from the giant three keyboard and pedal console, decorated in 22-karat gold leaf.  Wind for the pipes is provided by a 15 HP high pressure turbine, the electrical switching is controlled by computer, and pipes range in size from 16 feet to the size of a pencil.  In addition, the Wurlitzer is now fully computerized, so that it can be played without an organist through a digital input system.

Trent Sims – Theatre Organist
Trent Sims is a native of Dayton, OH, and from the early age of ten he began studying the organ.  In demand on the international concert circuit, he has played concerts on both theater and classical organs across the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. As a featured  organist, Sims has performed on Wurlitzer pipe organs installed in The Music Palace restaurants in the Cincinnati area and Indianapolis. He was also the Guest Artist in Residence at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton for six years, and remains an organist in Dayton.

Molly Wellmann – Mixologist
Cincinnati’s Molly Wellmann is a self-taught mixologist, entrepreneur, and author who has immersed herself in the history and knowledge of craft and classic cocktails and fine spirits. Wellmann, her team, and her establishments have been featured in local-, national-, and internationally-published outlets. She is a practiced public speaker, participating in many cocktail forums and entrepreneurial conferences, and is known for her work with women’s organizations and many other leadership organizations.  Wellmann owns and operates two popular local Cincinnati establishments:  Japp’s Since 1879 in Over-the-Rhine and Myrtle’s Punch House in East Walnut Hills.

Brock Leah Spears – Emcee
Brock Leah Spears (pronounced Broccoli Spears)  is a local dancer turned Drag Queen who after performing with the prestigious Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo in New York City, found her passion for makeup and drag. She currently performs and emcee’s for local events such as Drag Brunch at Tillie’s Lounge in Northside, 21c Halloween Party, Kindervelt 50 Fashion Show, and many other events.  Brock Leah serves with sass and class!

Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC)
YPCC believes in creating connections through choral music. The choir was formed at Below Zero Lounge in Over-the-Rhine in November 2011 and is now made up of a roster with over 850 volunteer singers who live and work throughout greater Cincinnati, ranging in age from 21-45. Under the direction of Artistic Director KellyAnn Nelson, YPCC has quickly found a niche in the vibrant arts community of downtown Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies (CR&PS)
CR&PS was founded in November 2005 by a group of friends who discovered that they shared an interest in the paranormal. Since then, members of the CR&PS team has traveled to over 20 states to investigate many haunted locales. CR&PS is dedicated to investigating, documenting, and researching claims of the paranormal.

Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH)
SPMH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, improve and provide education about Music Hall in order to perpetuate Music Hall as the premier cultural center of the region and as a National Historic landmark. 

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