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Rick Pender

Rick Pender is an Over-the-Rhine resident with many years of writing, editing, fundraising and public relations experience. He is the theater critic and contributing editor at CityBeat and a regular contributor to WVXU's "Around Cincinnati." Follow him on Twitter @PenderRick.

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Behind the curtain, 'invisible' Music Hall upgrades make a noticeable difference

Post-renovation reviews thus far have focused on highly visible changes to iconic Music Hall. This week, four Cincinnati arts leaders discuss "invisible systems" and behind-the-scenes changes that will do as much (or more) to positively impact production and patron experience.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Restored Corbett Tower, historic gem of Cincinnati Music Hall

Take a step back in time with this detailed look at the refurbished Corbett Tower, a historic gem in iconic Cincinnati Music Hall, which reopened this past weekend to much fanfare and excitement.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Get ready to experience the "new and improved" Music Hall

Iconic Music Hall will reopen to sold-out crowds the first week of October, and visitors are in for a pleasant surprise, with strategic efforts to optimize intimacy, comfort and audio-visual experience.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Amid $135 million renovation, volunteer tours keep Music Hall in view

When Music Hall re-opens this October, following an 18-month, $135 million renovation, visitors will experience a noticeable step up in programming and the icon's public-facing persona. Meet the docents and tour guides putting its best face forward.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Arts 'level up' with newly renovated Music Hall

This October, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall welcomes residents back to a dazzlingly renovated Music Hall. Here's what to expect, plus a look at why our local arts scene is the envy of much larger markets.
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