Cincinnati’s performing arts strength lies in its symphonic, operatic, and theatrical eminence.

Though the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is peerless, the other CSO, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra , is also one of the most diverse, talented, and world-renown musical groups in the US.  Established in 1895, the CSO is the fifth oldest in the nation, performs year round, and currently records for major classical music labels such as Telarc.  Debussy, Bartok, and Ravel have introduced masterpieces to America from the CSO, and in the early 1900’s the orchestra administration commissioned Copland to compose our country’s most recent classical patriotic favorite “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

Having moved out of its zoo venue in 1972, the Cincinnati Opera has become an ever more reputable organization in recent decades, constantly adding shows and company premieres to its annual lineups.  Between its Opera Company and Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati’s melodies are always innovating and increasing in richness.

Finally, The Aronoff Center for the Arts hosts three theater venues for the performance arts.  Procter & Gamble Hall holds thousands of guests and a variety of events, while the smaller Jason-Kaplan and Fifth Third Bank Theaters permit for more intimate performance arts experiences.  City visitors are city viewers and listeners, as the stage and the pit have become cincy performance arts places of pride.