“The polishing of a downtown Cincinnati gem is nearly complete,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Friday’s (8/26) Cincinnati Enquirer. “When the renovated Taft Theatre reopens on Sept. 12, audiences can expect a fall-winter season of outstanding performers and a sweeter spot to enjoy them. After a $3 million upgrade, the historic theater now boasts a $1.3 million eco-friendly air conditioning system, larger, more comfortable seats, tripled capacity in the women’s restrooms and doubled capacity in the men’s restrooms. A new color scheme and lighting honor the building’s past but bring it into the 21st century. On Sept. 12, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will host the grand reopening, which will launch a full concert season of rock, pop and R&B stars, comedians and more. The open house for invited guests and the public (tickets required) will include self-guided tours, light refreshments and a one-hour performance of Hollywood favorites by the Cincinnati Pops, led by its incoming conductor, John Morris Russell. … The CSO took over the Taft’s operations in September, with plans to upgrade the aging venue as a more attractive space for touring acts and to provide a temporary home for the symphony and Pops orchestras when Music Hall undergoes a massive revitalization, now scheduled for 2013-14.”


Posted August 26, 2011