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Performing Arts and Venues

Performing Arts and Venues
Performing Arts and Venues

© Mandira Jacob

Being home to one of the nation's leading music conservatories, Cincinnati and performing arts seem to go hand-in-hand. As one of the first regional theaters in America, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park consistently puts on extraordinary performances, and has two Tony Awards to prove it. Music Hall is the place to experience classical concerts, as it ranks among the world's top performance venues for acoustics. There's no shortage of entertainment at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, where more than just plays, ballets, and musicals grace the stage year-round. The vast amount of young and professional talent, paired with a wealth of venues, makes finding a great show to attend effortless in this city.

Cincinnati | Performing Arts and Venues

Aronoff Center for the Arts
  • Aronoff Center for the Arts
  • Culture-loving Cincinnatians will attest that the Aronoff Center for the Arts caters to many tastes. Broadway lovers head here to watch the latest hits under the fiber-optic-starlit ceiling of Procter and Gamble Hall.
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Cincinnati Ballet
  • Cincinnati Ballet
  • As you walk into the downtown studio of the Cincinnati Ballet, the sounds of dancers and music echo in the hallways. "Everybody Dances" is the mantra of this ballet company, where both students and company dancers together practice and learn.
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Cincinnati Opera
  • Cincinnati Opera
  • Cincinnati is famous for the Reds, the Bengals, Skyline Chili, and Graeter’s Ice Cream. But in addition to delicious food and professional sports teams, the city also has a thriving arts...
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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
  • Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
  • The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra may be part of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, but it is probably far from what you think of when you hear the word “symphony.” Pops orchestras do play some...
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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • For a mid-size city, Cincinnati has a really big orchestra. Symphony orchestras are the biggest of orchestras, capable of playing multi-movement, complex, instrumental compositions containing wind, string, and percussion instruments.
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Ensemble Theatre
  • Ensemble Theatre
  • Its marbled columns stand out among the Over-the-Rhine storefronts, but the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) is a great fit in the OTR Gateway Quarter.
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Music Hall
  • Music Hall
  • The 19th century is still standing strong at the corner of 14th and Elm. From the cobblestone street with embedded streetcar tracks, to the original acoustic system in the stately Springer Auditorium, Music Hall remains a testament to Cincinnati's investment in the arts.
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Playhouse in the Park
  • Playhouse in the Park
  • High atop one of the city's Seven Hills lies Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, a musical theater venue unique in its offerings. Situated in posh Mt. Adams, the Playhouse overlooks picturesque downtown, and neighbors historical Eden Park.
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Showboat Majestic
  • Showboat Majestic
  • Surviving from the heyday of floating theater popular in the mid-19th through mid-20th centuries, Showboat Majestic is the last original active showboat in the United States.
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Southgate House
  • Southgate House
  • Don't tell anyone, but Cincinnati's best small-concert venue is actually in Kentucky. The Historic Southgate House is the stately-but-cool founding father of Newport night life, presiding on a hill just across the Taylor-Southgate Bridge from downtown Cincinnati.
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UC's College-Conservatory of Music
  • UC's College-Conservatory of Music
  • Highly regarded in the performing arts world, the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) boasts national and international accreditation for the talent developing inside its walls year after year.
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