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Columbus Symphony Hits A High Note With Plans For New Riverfront Music Hall

Get ready to fine-tune your culture compass because the Scioto Peninsula is about to strike a chord with an exciting new addition.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is orchestrating plans for a groundbreaking venue that’s part concert hall, part educational hub, and 100% a game-changer for our city’s musical and cultural landscape.

The new concert hall will offer a harmonious blend of performance and learning at 181 Washington Blvd. Imagine a space where music soars, education flourishes, and the community comes together, all with the picturesque Scioto River as the backdrop. It’s not just a building; it’s a beacon of creativity and innovation that’s about to put Columbus on the map in a big, bold way.

“The reality is it has to serve a multitude of purposes for the community, not the least of which is it needs to be iconic, and it needs to serve the purpose it’s built for. It needs to help put us on the map,” Denise Rehg, the symphony’s executive director, told Columbus Business First.

The buzz around town is that this isn’t your average concert hall.

The dream comes with a preliminary price tag of $275 million, but in the spirit of a true Columbus endeavor, the funding melody includes a mix of private philanthropy, state and federal support, and a bond issue that sings to the tune of community investment.

With a whopping 200,000 square feet of space designed by the maestros at Aecom, and the blueprint magic of Moody Engineering, this venue is hitting all the right notes.

The 1,600-seat main orchestra hall will be joined by multi-purpose spaces for every genre under the sun, and rehearsal halls that will be the perfect stomping grounds for future maestros.

aerial view of scioto peninsula
The new concert hall will be located at 181 Washington Blvd, on the Scioto Peninsula. In this photo, the green space to the left of COSI.

The Center isn’t just for those who can tell Bach from Beethoven.

It’s a hub for the whole community, featuring education spaces for the next generation of musicians, a cozy 500-seat event space for gatherings, and even a community theater. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for the arts – it has everything!

As we await the encore, let’s applaud the Columbus Symphony’s vision for a venue that promises to be as iconic as the music that will fill its halls. Get ready to take your seats, Columbus – the show is about to begin, and it’s going to be spectacular.

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