In order to preserve, improve, promote and provide education to our Community and the region, Friends of Music Hall (formerly Society for the Preservation of Music Hall - SPMH) fulfills this mission by funding special projects to draw people to this significant structure of National Historical prominence.
Projects that support Music Hall are made possible by your financial contribution to Friends of Music Hall. Make your donation today!
Organ Panel Restoration
Our organization undertook the task of acquiring and refinishing many of the beautiful art-carved panels of the original Hook and Hastings Organ in Music hall. They are now on display in the Taft Suite and can be seen on tours of Music Hall.
In February 2022, members of the Lichtenberg Family donated the Mendelssohn art-carved panel. After the panel is restored, it will be added to the display in Taft Suite.
The Mendelssohn is an important addition as it is the only panel both designed and carved by Laura Fry, an American artist who was also exceptionally talented in wood carving. Laura was the daughter of master wood carver William H. Fry, who, with his father Henry L. Fry, were key figures in the art-carved furniture movement.
Historic Sandstone Ornamentation Restoration
The original carved sandstone has deteriorated to the point that only portions of these important decorative elements remain others have been completely lost. This restoration is part of the continuing effort by the Friends of Music Hall to renew the architectural integrity of the exterior of this great Cincinnati landmark.
Community Outreach: Tours and Education Programs
Tours provide an "Insider's Look" at Music Hall.
The Friends of Music Hall Speakers Series brings Music Hall to you and your organization through a "virtual" tour.
Community Outreach features an In-School Program on Music Hall for students grades 3-5 which is aligned with state standards for History and Art.
Special Projects also include the award-winning historic documentary, Music Hall - Cincinnati Finds Its Voice, and Cincinnati Music Hall: The Next Movement, a new feature program produced by CET on the structure's renovation.