Final Lumenocity preps underway ahead of Wednesday debut

Final Lumenocity preps underway ahead of Wednesday debut

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - The final preps are underway for the much-anticipated 2015 version of the wildly popular Lumenocity show in Over-the-Rhine later this week.

The show starts Wednesday night with a dress rehearsal.

"This is a project that any designer would be lucky to get to do once, let alone get to do it three times in their life," said Dan Reynolds, co-owner of Brave Berlin. 
Reynolds and his company, along with some other partners, worked on the stunning visual part of Lumenocity that is projected by eight projectors shooting 40,000 lumens at Music Hall.

"It's all kind of wrapping up.  We're putting literally the last minute shine on it and getting ready for show time," Reynolds said on Monday.

The preparations at Washington Park are in the home stretch, too, for this year's "Masters and Dreamers" theme.

"It really is a love letter and homage to Cincinnati.  It's really about what makes the city great, how we built this city," said Chris Pinelo, Vice President of Communications for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra.

The show is now in its third year, and bigger than ever.

"We're offering five nights of Lumenocity, if you include the dress rehearsal - that's 30,000 people who will experience it live right here in Washington Park," Pinelo said.

Crowds are set at 6,000 paid ticket holders each night.  The idea to help make things more comfortable after massive crowds the last two years, and to ensure the show goes on.

"We didn't raise enough money to put on Lumenocity, and we needed to meet about a $400,000 funding gap.  It's a $1.4 million endeavor you're seeing out here," Pinelo said.

Tickets have been long gone, but you can still get in despite the high demand.  To do it, you may have to pay more than double the face value from local ticket brokers.

"Demand actually the last three years has been growing exponentially.  We're receiving calls from people as far as five hours away," said Travis Jackson with Riverfront Choice Tickets and 333-SEAT.

Organizers promise a show that won't disappoint, like nothing you've ever seen before.

"There's nothing like it anywhere on the planet, and it happens right here in Cincinnati, Ohio," Pinelo told FOX19 NOW.

There are other ways to watch the show if you do not have a ticket.  There is a webcast that can be viewed at You can also see the show live at Fountain Square on Saturday night, and you're welcome to watch the show from Lumenocity Village which is adjacent to the lawn at Washington Park. You're also welcome to find a spot outside of the ticketed areas.
The webcast, according to Pinelo, was viewed by people in seven different countries.
If you plan on attending Lumenocity, gates open at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and open at 3 p.m.on Saturday and Sunday. Performances start at 8:30 p.m. with the Cincinnati Pops, and then the CSO starts their performance around 9:40 p.m.
Organizers suggest you bring lawn chairs for seating purposes.  It is asked that you do not bring alcohol into the park.  According to the Lumenocity
website, "To ensure a comfortable experience for all, blankets, tarps, coolers, oversized "captain's chairs," and large picnic set-ups are prohibited due to limited space. The security staff reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone attempting to bring in un-allowed items."

For more information about this year's Lumenocity performances, click here

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