My visit there was fairly positive, though the traffic was a mess on I-75. I expected that and left two hours prior to the sart of the concert.
Parking lot was quite convenient.
The Music Hall itself was interesting. I can see where they might want to do a fix-up as the interior finishes are getting worn and in some cases a bit dated (not talking about the ornate trim, just things like the carpeting, seat upholstery, paint job, the drop ceilings, and so forth). I did like how they put those glass mirrors around the water fountain...you can check out your look and primp a bit after taking a drink.
The space was just wonderfull though. The chadeliers are fabulous, and I liked the large lobby area with the balcony surrounding it. It is almost like the concept behind the Paris Opera, where the guest can see and be seen as the architecture can put them on show too.
The hall itself was pretty impressive in volume and detail. I used to be impressed by the Victoria here in Dayton...but not after this...the Victoria is probably 1/4 to 1/3 the size (if that). This was a great space, with a large ceiling painting and a huge chadelier.
I noticed they kept the orginal hardwood floors. Seating was well done, enough aisle space so as not to be cramped (I'm tall, and tight seating is my bane). I was sitting in the orchestral, side section, on a cross aisle, so plenty of room to spread out. Not the best seats in the house, and Im wondering if one of the lower balcony seats would have given a better view and sound of the peformers than an orchestra seat.
The show was quite nice. I enjoyed hearing a full orchestra. They had a virtuoso violinst doing a modernist piece in the first half and I have to commend the symphony for doing something this modern as so often we just hear the classics. The classic this night was Copeland, with a symphony based on his famous Fanfare for the Common Man in the second half.
Picked up some CDs at their shop, too...Ravel, Copeland of course, and a May Festival performance of a Liszt oratorio.
What suprised me was how sparse the crowd was. It was so sparse that I got up and moved to a better seat! I was expecting a larger turnout for this, but then maybe Saturday night is when people go out in Cincy . I know that is the big night for Dayton peformances of various types...thats when us culture vulutres come out in force.