Music Returns to Cincinnati Museum Center After 8-Year Hiatus

Musicians are keying up classic and contemporary composers on its 1929 concert organ.

click to enlarge Cincinnati Museum Center's 1929 Grand E.M. Skinner Symphonic Concert Organ - Photo:
Cincinnati Museum Center's 1929 Grand E.M. Skinner Symphonic Concert Organ

Union Terminal’s rotunda will be filled with the sound of music once more with the return of Cincinnati Museum Center’s Music in the Museum series.

The three-concert series will showcase the museum’s 1929 Grand E.M. Skinner Symphonic Concert Organ, which was restored and installed in specially designed organ chambers, with the main chambers of its 4,500 pipes located on either side of the rotunda and is brought to life with a console of four manual keyboards. A lineup of organists and accompanying choirs and musicians will play selections from classic and contemporary composers, from Wagner to John Williams, says the museum.

Music in the Museum is coming back after an eight-year hiatus, following the museum’s restoration from 2016-2018 and other maintenance and repairs needed on the organ. The season begins Wednesday, Nov. 29 with organist Isabelle Demers and soprano saxophonist Rick VanMatre.

The following concert will feature organist Nathan Laube and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s principal clarinet, Christopher Pell, on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The final concert of the season will host organist Ken Cowan accompanied by the Christ Church Cathedral and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral choirs on Wednesday, April 24. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here. Single concerts are $30 or $40 if you want to attend the pre-concert reception. You can also buy the concert package for all three concerts for $75 or $105 for the concerts and receptions.

Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End. More info:

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