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Performing Arts & Music

With Tony Award-winning theater; opera, symphony and pops orchestras; a full season of dance performances by one of the country’s top ballet companies; and a music scene that runs the gamut of rock, blues, jazz, and everything in between – it’s easy to see that performing arts reign strong in the Cincinnati region.

Cincinnati Arts & Music Trip Ideas

Lovers of classical music are spoiled for choice in Cincinnati. Take in a stellar show at the Cincinnati Opera. Past productions include the popular Die Fledermaus and Tosca. Or attend a performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra which attracts world-renown musicians like cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Lang Lang and violinist Itzhak Perlman. For concerts by popular artists like Ben Folds and Vanessa Williams, get your tickets for The Cincinnati Pops. Every summer, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra offers its free Summer Series at Devou Park.

The Cincinnati Ballet performs both classical and modern dance pieces at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Don't miss the beloved annual staging of Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker, a family-friendly event with shows each December. More on stage performances include works by The Bard as well as other classics at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; new, contemporary works at Ensemble Theatre CincinnatiPlayhouse in the Park's mix of established hits and world premieres; and productions perfect for the whole family with Children's Theatre of Cincinnati.

One of the best ways to see live music in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is at a music festival—and there are plenty to choose from (Bunbury Music FestivalCincinnati Music FestivalCincinnati May Festival, the list goes on!). Or, keep it intimate and check out local bands at smaller clubs throughout the area (start with this article to get the inside scoop on some top hidden gem music venues). Plan your next evening out listening to live music by searching our music events calendar for upcoming performances.

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