On first hearing in its new home, the CSO sounded quite splendid, giving off a bright and immediate sound enhanced by a new seating arrangement and new seats, acoustic clouds overhead, the elimination of a center aisle, and a reduced capacity that will vary but never go above 2,500 attendees.

The hall itself looks brighter than ever before, the lobby feels less crowded and more welcoming, even with a capacity audience. There are now elevators in addition to the escalators that lead to the second and third levels, and we encountered fewer steps inside the building.

The audience is now much closer than ever to the stage. There are fewer partial view seats, and from the newly created terrace – an elevated section at the rear of the main floor, the sightlines are just perfect.

And mercifully there are more restrooms with more stalls and better plumbing. There is a nice bar   in the lobby and cup holders attached to the seats in the auditorium so that drinks can be brought inside. The new Music Hall is an audience friendly old lady who has just had a rejuvenating make over. It is still an imposing presence but not an intimidating one.

We loved it and can’t wait to go back.

My review  of the concert will post on http://www.seenandheard-international.com in the next few days.

Photography: AJ Waltz/Courtesy of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Rafael de Acha   www.RafaelMusicNotes.com