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The Mighty Wurlitzer concert featuring excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker

December 10, 2021

Music Hall

$27 – $32
The Mighty Wurlitzer
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Join the Friends of Music Hall as they celebrate the holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer concert featuring excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker.


The Friends of Music Hall brings back the beloved “Happy Holidays” concert featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in the hall’s beautiful ballroom with a joyful holiday program on December 10 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Music Hall’s ballroom.

The program will feature renowned theater organist Jelani Eddington with vocal performances by soprano Victoria Okafor and tenor Avery Bargasse, both featured recently with the Cincinnati Opera. The program will be further enhanced by dancers from the Otto M. Budig Cincinnati Ballet Academy and choral performances by Kenny Smith’s Peace & Serenity Choir.

The Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division will present Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria and excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker. Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra whose career spanned more than 50 years. Ellington was one of the originators of big-band jazz and composed thousands of scores, creating one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in Western music. The Nutcracker Suite, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and recorded in 1960, was one of many works Ellington composed incorporating elements of jazz within classical forms.

Nutcracker Swing, choreographed by Ihaiah Miller and Jennifer Rutherford, combines elements of the Charleston, the Jitterbug, and other 1920s dance styles with classical ballet to exemplify the Ellington’s unique style. The three sections presented are Ellington’s recomposing of the Mirlitons, ‘Toot Toot Tootie Toot,’ the Sugar Rum Cherry, and the Entr’acte as the Finale.

Also on the program, Sisters of Legacy, a mixed media artwork commissioned by Annie Ruth will be revealed by her patrons Tarita Preston and Chris Powell at the Holiday Wurlitzer concert. Ruth is an internationally respected artist, author and arts educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her work has positively influenced audiences in Europe, Africa and throughout the United States.


The Mighty Wurlitzer


Tickets to the Mighty Wurlitzer:

Tickets to the Mighty Wurlitzer range from $27 – $32

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Parking at Music Hall:

There are several parking options around Music Hall including a 450-space underground garage at Washington Park. Also, a surface parking lot is available between Music Hall and Memorial Hall.  The cost ranges from $5-$10. Pricing is not controlled by the CSO and is subject to change at any time.



The ADA Accessibility entrance is located on the southeast side of the building on Elm Street. For additional assistance or directions, please speak with a Music Hall usher or staff member.


Prohibited Items at Music Hall:

Oversized bags, luggage, and backpacks may not be permitted inside the venue. Clutch purses and other small personal bags are allowed. All bags and persons are subject to inspection before entering the theater. Please allow extra time prior to your performance. See the full list of prohibited items. 


Covid-19 Guidelines:

Guests, staff, and volunteers are required to always wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, except when actively consuming food or beverages. Ticket holders 12 years of age and older will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry.  Find a location in Hamilton County for free daily COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

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Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States

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