Built in 1878 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975, Cincinnati’s Music Hall is among the City’s most recognizable buildings. Impressive from the outside for its Victorian-gothic architecture, it’s arguably more remarkable on the inside as the home to the Cincinnati Opera (the nation’s second-oldest opera company), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (the nation’s sixth-oldest symphony orchestra), May Festival (the longest-running choral festival in the Western hemisphere), and Cincinnati Ballet.
Beyond its international reputation as a classical music venue, Music Hall is has been a popular destination for fans of contemporary artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, and Neil Young , to name just a few of the superstars who have performed there. And as if none of that were enough, the Hall has a reputation as one of the country’s most haunted buildings – in part due to the cemetery history of the site on which it was constructed, and in larger part to reports of strange phenomenon in and around the building.
Following a lengthy closure for extensive renovations during the 2016-17, Music Hall re-opened in October 2017 and has re-established itself as Cincinnati’s premiere special events and concert venue and an integral part of the vibrant Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in which it is located.