(Cincinnati Music Hall renovations — Grand Opening Weekend is slated to be Oct. 6 and 7,)
If you’re a senior living in Cincinnati, you have plenty of opportunities to enrich yourself. With world-class performance organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Ballet, a robust theatre, a vibrant visual arts community and amazing museums, the Queen City is a hotbed of creative talent, with a long tradition of nurturing culture.
In 2017, seniors here will enjoy a number of can’t-miss festivals, shows and events. Read on to find out more about some of them.
Cincinnati Arts Association’s “Dancing for the Stars”
Inspired by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, this posh annual fundraiser event benefiting the Cincinnati Arts Association will feature eight Tristate notables paired with professional local dancers in a competition program at which the audience will vote for their favorite celebrity dancer.
This year’s “stars” will include: UC College of Medicine Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic & Pediatric Surgery Dr. Alvin H. Crawford, Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks vice-president Joe Rozzi, New Riff Distillery director Amy Tobin, and more.
The event will take place Saturday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in the JACK Cincinnati Casino ballroom. Patron-level tickets are $150 per person and include drinks.
Music Hall’s Grand Reopening Celebration
Following months of much-needed and long-delayed renovations, Music Hall — one of Cincinnati’s architectural and cultural crown jewels — will reopen in the fall of 2017, allowing the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and the May Festival all to return at last to their home venue.
The Grand Opening Weekend is slated to be Oct. 6 and 7, which will be the opening weekend of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-18 season. Conductor Louis Langrée will direct the orchestra’s performance Sonic Splendor: From Beethoven to Scriabin, featuring acclaimed pianist Kit Armstrong.
Separate from the concert, the CSO’s annual Opening Night Gala will take place Oct. 6. Tickets to the fundraiser dinner are $200 per person and include lobby cocktails and dinner in Corbett Tower.
The following day, the CSO will host an open house to show off Music Hall’s restored splendor to the whole community.
The Cincinnati Mercantile Library’s Niehoff Lecture
On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, one of the city’s premier literary events — the Cincinnati Mercantile Library’s Niehoff Lecture — will be held in downtown’s Westin Hotel ballroom.
The Niehoff Lectures were established in 1986 by library benefactors Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Buck Niehoff. This annual black-tie dinner is the Mercantile’s only annual fundraiser and regularly brings literary luminaries to speak to attendees. Past speakers have included Tom Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Julia Child and more.
For the 30th installment of the Niehoff Lecture, the Mercantile Library will host Booker Award-winning novelist Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth and Swing Time. Tickets are $175 for Library members or $200 for non-members.
Following closely on the heels of the wildly successful Lumenocity festival, which ended its four-year run in 2016, BLINK Cincinnati — a light and art festival — promises to astound and enthrall downtown’s senior visitors this October.
BLINK Cincinnati will be held Oct. 12-15, 2017, along the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar’s route. The festival will span 20 blocks, from The Banks to Over-the-Rhine’s historic Findlay Market, and will feature projected light sculptures and performances.
International and local visual artists will install numerous mapping light sculptures and project them on well-known and architecturally significant buildings all along the streetcar line. Some will be interactive; others will be synced to music.
These are just a few of the can’t-miss arts and cultural events happening here in 2017.
If you’re a sophisticated senior living in Cincinnati, who is eager to experience and support the creative and performing arts, plan to attend one of the eagerly-anticipated events above.
Or, plan a few visits to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Ballet, the Contemporary Art Center, the Opera, the Playhouse in the Park . . . there’s so much to see and do!