Opera-lover? Symphony-phile? Ballet enthusiast? Theater-goer? You may be surprised at just how much you can see and do in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is a city that has always punched far above its weight when it comes to the arts and has a long, proud history of supporting world-renown music and theater institutions. Start mapping out your checklist with some of the top options below.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded in 1895 and is the sixth oldest orchestra in the U.S. Housed in historic Music Hall, the orchestra performs concerts spanning musical genres over the course of its season, which runs September through May. The CSO’s ‘pops’ performances are also a local favorite and feature popular music from movies, TV and beyond. Cincinnatisymphony.org
Following in the footsteps of the CSO, the Cincinnati Opera is the second-oldest opera company in the U.S. only after the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The opera’s season runs through the summer and stages first-rate performances of both classic and contemporary works with the accompaniment of the CSO. Cincinnatiopera.org
The Cincinnati Ballet is the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region and is also housed in Music Hall, along with the opera and symphony. Over its 50+ year history, the company has toured the U.S. and Europe to critical acclaim, boasting a repertoire that includes beloved classics and bold, new works. Cballet.org
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Among the more unique professional theater organizations calling the city home, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has made a name for itself regionally and nationally with its focus on bringing Shakespeare and other classics to life. Audiences can catch performances of works such as the Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth at its downtown Cincinnati home in the Otto M. Budig Theater.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is the region’s premier theater organization and has been entertaining audiences for more than 58 years. Located in Cincinnati’s Mt. Adams neighborhood offering commanding views of the city, the organization has achieved acclaim locally and nationally for its performances and support for the arts. The Playhouse brings new and classic works to life and has staged premiers.
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