Cincinnati's Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center Gets a New Name

The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center is getting a new name. Well, at least a shorter one.

The Andrew J. Brady Music Center - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
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The Andrew J. Brady Music Center
Cincinnati's new downtown music venue, the Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center, is getting a new name.

Well, at least a shorter one. The indoor/outdoor space at The Banks will now be known as the Andrew J. Brady Music Center, dropping the "ICON."

According to local Music and Event Management, Inc. (MEMI) — the music promotion arm of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra that oversees the venue — the change was to further honor the venue's namesake.

“The modification of the name stems from a desire to elevate and ensure the lasting legacy of Andrew J. Brady, who cared deeply about making music accessible to all,” said Jonathan Martin, President and CEO of the CSO, in a release. “The values that Andrew Brady embodied align with our organization, and this pays tribute to the impact he had on the community."

Brady was a 1938 University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate who went on to become the music director at Western Hills High School. He was also a Jazz musician who worked with various youth programs over the years.

The CSO is furthering paying tribute to Brady's legacy with the creation of two new projects: the Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series and the Andrew J. Brady Internship Program.

The concert series is a call-back to the summer concerts Brady led at area parks.

“Andrew Brady’s summer concerts served as direct inspiration for our neighborhood concert series,” said Martin. “They were free and open to the public to enjoy, and they became a treasured fixture of Cincinnati summers for many decades.”

There will be at least five free performances slated to take place in summer 2022, and four have already been scheduled:

  • June 19 at Maple Ridge Lodge, with Westwood Works
  • July 14 at St. Aloysius, with Crown Jewels of Jazz and St. Aloysius Saturday
  • July 16 at Laurel Park, with Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses
  • Aug. 6 at Owl’s Nest Park, with Evanston Community Council

The Andrew J. Brady Internship Program, which has already been launched, will focus on giving experience to those interested in orchestra management. The paid interns are paired with CSO mentors. "The program aims to elevate students from backgrounds not significantly represented in the orchestra industry, remove barriers to access and inclusion, and provide real-life applications to school curriculum," says the CSO.

The Andrew J. Brady Music Center has a  4,500-capacity interior, which boasts a main floor and two balconies. There is also an 8,000-person outdoor stage, which legendary Rock group Foo Fighters inaugurated on July 28.

For more info and upcoming concerts, visit the new URL at bradymusiccenter.com.

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