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    Erich Kunzel Pops Director Dies

    I've watched many of his concerts directing the Cincinnati Pops on PBS over the years. He always seemed like he loved what he was doing and did a great job with this orchestra. I have a Big Band concert of his on tape as well as Christmas concert and have enjoyed them very much.

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    Re: Erich Kunzel Pops Director Dies

    I heard the Enquirer's Arts and Classical Music writer on NPR today discussing how he loved to use actual cannons for the 1812 overture. It brought to mind one of my favorite pieces of literature.

    Calvin: What's this music?
    Hobbes: It's "The 1812 Overture."
    Calvin: I kinda like it. Interesting percussion section.
    Hobbes: Those are cannons.
    Calvin: And they perform this in crowded concert halls?? Gee, I thought classical music was boring!


    Anyways, he'll be missed. He was a wonderful conductor and did a lot for classical pops music all over the midwest.

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    I saw him and the Pops perform one time (with Doc Serverinson) at a Christmas show. It was very enjoyable.

    He certainly had an outstanding reputation.

    This is sad news.

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    Very sad. As fine a conductor as there was. He was the class of his profession and turned down many an opportunity to move on to something bigger to stay in the Queen City.

    RIP Maestro. Thanks for your contribution to the world of music and the city of Cincinnati. You will be missed.
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    I was very sad when I heard the news. The Pops under his guidance put Cincinnati in the international spotlight in a positive way. A lot of people in this city don't realize how highly respected both the Pops and Symphony are abroad. Hopefully he has built a strong enough legacy that the high level of quality will continue.

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    I still like the "Hooray for the Cincinnati Reds" piece he composed. It only gets played on opening day, but it is such a fine piece.

    I was hoping to go see the upcoming John Williams tribute he was planning.

    He will be missed.
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    My mom and dad were long time season ticket holders to the pops. I used to be a little snooty about it, preferring opera and symphony orchestra, but over time I "got it". The guy made classical music a much more palatable form for millions of listeners and he will be missed.

    Speaking of the Pops, here is my favorite memory:
    I once used my parents' tickets to the July 4th show they do at Riverbend. Doc Severinsen was the guest and he played for two hours in multiple styles. At one point, after playing, note for note, a well known Louis Armstrong solo, he leaned over the railing two feet from me as the orchestra took over. He was sucking air for all he was worth and when he looked up at me I said, "That Louis could really blow, couldn't he?" He shook his head and said, "Like nobody ever will, young man."
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    Re: Erich Kunzel Pops Director Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    I saw him and the Pops perform one time (with Doc Serverinson) at a Christmas show. It was very enjoyable.

    He certainly had an outstanding reputation.

    This is sad news.
    That's the Christmas show I have on VHS tape. It's really good.
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    Re: Erich Kunzel Pops Director Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post

    Speaking of the Pops, here is my favorite memory:
    I once used my parents' tickets to the July 4th show they do at Riverbend. Doc Severinsen was the guest and he played for two hours in multiple styles. At one point, after playing, note for note, a well known Louis Armstrong solo, he leaned over the railing two feet from me as the orchestra took over. He was sucking air for all he was worth and when he looked up at me I said, "That Louis could really blow, couldn't he?" He shook his head and said, "Like nobody ever will, young man."
    That is very, very cool.


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