Lumenocity Organizers Discuss Weather, Scalping Concerns

Aug 4, 2015

Lasers light up the facade of Music Hall during the 2014 Lumenocity show.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

People who have tickets to Lumenocity shouldn't be worried about rain stopping the show.  Cincinnati Symphony and Pops spokesperson Meghan Berneking says the event will go on, even if it has to wait for a storm to pass.

“Lumenocity goes rain or shine. In the event of severe, inclement weather we might issue a rain delay.  But overall, folks should be prepared for maybe standing in the rain and enjoying Lumenocity in a little bit of wet weather,” Berneking says.

“And it’s actually the policy for all of the CSO’s outdoor concerts. We will issue delays occasionally, but it’s just a call that we make at the time. But overall, we are a rain or shine orchestra.”

Berneking says viewers should come prepared.

“We are not permitting umbrellas inside the ticketed area. That’s just to help with sight lines of the folks around you. But certainly ponchos will be permitted.”

Lumenocity runs Thursday through Sunday starting at 8:30 p.m.. The projection on the facade of Music Hall should start around 9:40.

"We put several criteria in place to avoid scalping this year."

Berneking also says ticket scalping does not appear to be a problem this year.  The light and music show was free the first two years. There were complaints about people selling their free tickets last year.

“We put several criteria in place to avoid scalping this year,” she says.

People could only order four tickets and those tickets could only be printed starting August 3.

Berneking says so far, they've not heard complaints about scalping.

As of midday Tuesday, there were nine entries on Craiglist, only four of which were asking for more than face value.  Two were for best offer and the other three advertisers were asking to trade.

“Which is all perfectly acceptable and encouraged,” Berneking says. “We want people to trade and give away their tickets if they’re not able to use them.” 

Tickets this year cost $15 to $20 depending upon the performance. That was to cover the expense of putting on the light and music show.

The website StubHub had tickets for Sunday night's performance going for as high as $98 apiece.