Favorite Folk Duo Over the Rhine Brings Annual Christmas Concert Back to Memorial Hall

After performing their holiday special virtually last year, the group is bringing the spirit of Christmas back to fans with a live performance.

Over the Rhine - PHOTO: KYLIE WILKERSON
Photo: Kylie Wilkerson
Over the Rhine

Yes, we know, we're still hanging on to what's left of our blink-of-an-eye summer and now we're already talking about our plans for the holidays.

Well, it'll be here before you know it. And you have something pretty special to look forward to this year.

After shifting their annual Christmas concert to a virtual performance from their Nowhere Else Farm during to the pandemic last year, Cincinnati favorite Folk duo Over the Rhine has announced a live, in-person show at Memorial Hall this winter. 

click to enlarge Memorial Hall - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Memorial Hall

"After the surreal and challenging season we’ve all been through, with stages all around the world going dark, I’m not sure about you, but live music in a warmly lit space with real live breathing humans? We’ll be there," the announcement on their website reads.

"This year, we will be leaning into some harmonies and making an intimate but hopefully holy ruckus. It won’t be all Christmas music: we’ll certainly mix in tunes from many of our records along the way. But hopefully it’s still true: hopefully you haven’t heard anything quite like it," the post continues.

The concerts will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets range in price from $45-$75 and can be purchased online.

The concert announcement whimsically concludes with the following, "maybe a midnight snow will fall and turn each streetlight into its own private snow globe. Maybe, regardless of whatever reality Christmas brings, we’ll hear a faint echo of a song once rumored to have been sung by angels, a song of peace on earth, goodwill toward all…"

For more info, visit memorialhallotr.com.

Memorial Hall is just one of a handful of Cincinnati music venues that recently announced policy changes due to the uptick in COVID cases in the region.

The venue announced Aug. 16 that it would require all patrons, staff members, contractors and volunteers to wear masks indoors. The policy is effective immediately and applies regardless of vaccination status.

“The health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff is our top priority,” an email from Memorial Hall said.

Those within the venue will be required to wear masks at all times when not actively eating or drinking.

Venue representatives said that while there’s no vaccine requirement to enter Memorial Hall, some individual performers may require it for certain shows. Memorial Hall said that ticketholders who are not vaccinated can request refunds from the box office at least 24 hours before a show begins.


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