Everything Is Illuminated! That was my first impression last Friday when I saw the recent 143 million dollar renovations to Cincinnati’s iconic Music Hall.1) This central chandelier sparkles even more and remains in all its glory in Springer Hall. 2) But three chandeliers here have been moved 3) to Corbett Tower on the 3rd floor. 4) This is what it looks like without them. When you enter through the red-bricked Venetian Gothic facade, the interior struck me as more contemporary: a cross between Paris along the Seine and a spiffy train station. I miss the chandeliers but understand that the torchiere replacements were part of the original design. Even the restrooms are the brightest I’ve ever been in, where you could actually spot that one hair out of place as opposed to venues where you can hardly see your mouth to freshen your lipstick! 5) It was a special evening, made more enjoyable by improved seating and closer proximity to the stage. Music Director, the silver-haired Louis Langree, led the CSO in an exciting program. It began with Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1, followed by Ravel’s last work Concerto in G Major with pianist Jeffrey Grahane, Divertimento from Stravinsky’s Ballet The Fairy Kiss, and Ravel’s homage to Strauss, La Valse. I absolutely loved La Valse - a swoonable, thrilling, dizzy-making waltz, which culminated in a frenzied finale. I imagined I was one, two, three-ing in a magnificent ballroom, dressed in a Cinderella gown chosen for me by @uberchique 6) I must admit without the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, I had a better view of these pre concert dancers below.
One thing for sure, we are so lucky in Cincinnati to have this wonderful Music Hall, which opened in 1878, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information go to SPMHcincinnati.org .