Cincinnati Pops

In this week's Music Notes, you'll hear about a new biography about Freddy Fender, a new release by the Manhattan Transfer, and lots of local concert information.  


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And then there were none.

Classical music reporter Janelle Gelfand was one of at least four Enquirer newsroom employees to lose their jobs Tuesday, the last of the Enquirer's arts writers.

Music From Over The Rhine

Aug 19, 2016

A song from Over the Rhine from their CD, Discount Fireworks

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The fourth Lumenocity light and music show this weekend presents new challenges – instead of capturing the sights and sounds outside Music Hall, radio and TV producers and directors will be broadcasting a live show from inside Taft Theatre.

Kristin Chenoweth is an award-winning singer and actor, known for her work on Broadway, TV, and on concert stages around the world.

The Cincinnati Pops have a busy summer planned, featuring concerts with Kristin Chenoweth, Aretha Franklin and E.T. among others.

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From new amenities to improved access, many arts venues around town are getting major makeovers. Starting in June, Music Hall will be closed for the most detailed renovation in its nearly 140-year history. Memorial Hall closed last May and is currently under renovation. Over-the-Rhine is also getting a new theater on the corner of 12th and Elm streets.

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Jason Alexander has made his mark in TV (Seinfeld), movies (Pretty Woman), and won a Tony Award for his performance in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway.

This month, the first live recording from the Cincinnati Pops will be released. American Originals was recorded in January 2015 at Music Hall and the program featured Conductor John Morris Russell leading the Pops and a group of talented guest stars through parts of the Great American Songbook and the music of Stephen Foster.

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If you don’t have tickets to see “Lumenocity” in person, here’s how you can watch or hear the Washington Park concert.

And you definitely should watch.

Michael Giacchino is the award-winning composer of TV, movie and video game scores, including Cars 2, Lost, Jurassic World, The Incredibles, and the 2009 reboot of the Star Trek films.

July 4th isn’t the same for some of us without Erich Kunzel on PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth.” Kunzel conducted the National Symphony Orchestra July 4th and Memorial Day concerts for nearly 20 years, until his death in 2009 at age 74.

Thanks to CET, Kunzel returns to TV on July 4, with two repeats of “Erich Kunzel: A Cincinnati Legacy,” a  half-hour local special which premiered on July 4, 2010.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has a busy summer ahead with concerts at the Taft Theatre, Miami Whitewater Forest and Riverbend, and guests like Seth McFarland and Aoife O’Donovan.

Fans of TV’s Nashville will know Will Chase from his role as superstar Luke Wheeler. This Lexington, Kentucky native (and UK fan) is coming to Music Hall to join the Cincinnati Pops in their concert presentation of The Music Man on May 1-3. He joins Lee Hay by phone to talk about singing the role of Professor Harold Hill in this American musical classic, plus his role on one of primetime TV’s biggest hits.

A song from folk duo Indigo Girls in advance of their appearance with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on April 19.

  This weekend, the Cincinnati Pops is joins forces with Cirque Mechanics to create amazing performances that combine popular classics with spectacular acrobatics. Here to give us an idea of what’'s in store for Music Hall audiences, and what goes into melding the music and the mechanics into each performance, are Sam Strater, Cincinnati Pops director of artistic administration; and Chris Lashua, founder and artistic director of Cirque Mechanics.

Performances are March 27, 28 and 29, for more details and ticket information click here.

The next concert from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is called American Originals and will feature a guest line-up including Rosanne Cash, Over the Rhine, Don Flemons and more, including Cincinnati’s own Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. Ed Cunningham from the All-Stars sits down with Lee Hay to talk about this celebration of Americana music happening January 23-25 at Music Hall.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will kick off 2015 with their traditional concert and gala on December 31 with special guest vocalist Storm Large. Conductor John Morris Russell previews all the festivities with Frank Johnson.

The Cincinnati Pops have just released their newest CD, Carnival of the Animals, the 93rd album in the orchestra’s illustrious history, and we hear a little bit of the music.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is gearing up for their 2014-15 concert season, so Maestro John Morris Russell paid a visit to our Brian O’Donnell to give a preview of the concerts that will include Disney’s Fantasia, Natalie Cole, Over the Rhine, and legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen.

Behind-the-scenes of this year's LumenoCity

Jul 25, 2014

 The amazement that is LumenoCity returns to Washington Park next weekend. The event was so successful last summer, this year it’'s been expanded to three performances, will include an all-new visual and music program by the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, and provide multiple opportunities for audiences to watch, listen and experience. Joining us to explore what goes into the making of LumenoCity is Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra Vice President of Communications Christopher Pinelo, along with Steve McGowan and Dan Reynolds. Their creative design and production company, Brave Berlin, creates the digital animations, choreographed to the music of the CSO, that are projected onto the  front of Music Hall.

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Cincinnati Public Radio and CET are partnering with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to provide live broadcasts of next month's Lumenocity 2014 at Washington Park.  It's scheduled for August 1, 2 and 3 and the free tickets for the music and light show with Music Hall as a backdrop went quickly.

The Cincinnati Pops kick off their 30th summer at Riverbend on Saturday, June 7 with a program called Pops Orchestral Spectacular. Conductor John Morris Russell previews that and the full summer schedule in a conversation with our Brian O’Donnell.

Pops Conductor John Morris Russell

Dec 6, 2013
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Conductor John Morris Russell joins Cincinnati Edition to talk about music celebrating the Christmas season, the Ring CD project and Holidays with the Pops.

 

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, in conjunction with Macy’s, will present a premiere family concert on December 14 based on the famous New York Times editorial Yes Virginia. Frank Johnson speaks with Wesley Whatley, the composer, and Bill Schermerhorn from Macy’s about the creation of this piece and why it’s debuting in Cincinnati.

Mandy Patinkin coming to Music Hall

Apr 12, 2013

His presence on stage, screen and television is unmistakable – Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway, The Princess Bride on film, Homeland on television. Mandy Patinkin is multi-talented, but his singing is how he first achieved fame. He will be joining the Cincinnati Pops for three concerts April 19-21, performing songs from his stage career as well as some of his favorite popular standards. Mandy Patinkin is on the phone with our Rick Pender to talk about his career and these upcoming concerts.

Next year’s Cincinnati Pops season will run the gamut from favorite standards to space, Broadway and more. And as Conductor John Morris Russell tells our Brian O’Donnell, some of the guest stars include the iconic George Takei and star of “Smash,” Megan Hilty.

Classical Roots annual concert

Mar 8, 2013

This year’s Cincinnati Pops Classical Roots concert happens Friday, March 15 at Music Hall. This celebration of the musical contributions of African-Americans will feature conductor John Morris Russell, the incomparable Branford Marsalis, and the CSO Classical Roots Community Mass Choir featuring singers from over 30 area churches. John Morris Russell is in the studio with Mark Perzel to talk about the importance of this one-night only concert, and some of the unsung heroes they will be saluting.