Name and Location:
The Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the Herschede building in Cincinnati, Ohio. The said building is 2 stories high and is 9,000 square foot.
It was founded in 1996 by David A. Klingshim, a businessman, with the help of composers Alan Sepp and Samuel Adler. Aside from being a museum, it is also an award giving body which recognizes those who've contributed to classical music in America. It had its first induction on May 1998.
What to See:
The museum is filled with plaques bearing information about each inductee, their biography, compositions and even music samples. A timeline of classical music in American history can be seen on the upper walls of the first floor. The second floor is where performances are scheduled, they even allow the facility to be rented for special events or meetings.
Other Things to See:
They have a Temporary Exhibit Space on the first floor featuring items related to classical music such as artifacts. The Art Gallery on the second floor is a place to showcase the artwork of local talents and promising artists.
Some of the inductees are:
- 1998 - Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, Arnold Schoenberg, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky.
- 1999 Béla Bartók, Amy Beach, Milton Babbitt, H. Wiley Hitchcock.
- 2000 - Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, George Walker, Beverly Sills
- 2001 George Crumb, Antonin Dvorak, Itzhak Perlman, Sergei Rachmaninoff.
For more information on the Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum, visit their Web site.