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    Kunzel, Erich (21st March 1935-1st September 2009)

    He was an orchestral conductor born in New York City.  He was a music arranger and timpanist at his high school and he studied music at Dartmouth College, Harvard and Brown University.  He conducted the Rhode Island Philharmonic from 1960 to 1965 and from 1965 was the principal conductor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, after an invitation by Max Rudolf.  Following success with an 8 O'clock Pops concert the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra was formed.   He is also known for making jazz recordings of Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck and conducts the televised National Symphony Orchestra concerts every Fourth of July and Memorial Day.  He has made over 83 recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra who have exceeded any other orchestra's entries on the Billboard chart and he made history with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra as the first pops orchestra to perform in China.  Recognised for his contribution to music he was honoured with the National Medal of Arts in 2006 and in 2009 he was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.  He was diagnosed with cancer in the April  of 2009 and made his final appearance at Riverbend that August before passing away in Maine at the beginning of the following month.  On the day of his passing he was given the posthumous honour of the title "Founder and Conductor Emeritus" of the Cincinatti Pops. 

     

    Cincinatti Pops Orchestra Recordings

     

    Richard Addinsell

    Warsaw Concerto

    Telarc 80175 (CD: Selections from Victory at Sea and Other Favorites) 

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

    Piano - William Tritt

     

    Isaac Albeniz

    Fete-Dieu a Seville

    Telarc 80129 (CD: The Stokowski Sound)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

     

    Leroy Anderson

    Concerto in C for piano and orchestra

    Telarc CD-80112 (CD: American Piano Classics)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

    Piano - Stewart Goodyear

     

    The Last Rose of Summer

    Telarc CD-80571 (CD: A Celtic Spectacular)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

    Tenor - John McDermott

    Fiddle - Liz Knowles

    Silver Arm Celtic Band

    Pipes - Kieran O'Hare

     

    Paul Anka

    The Longest Day March

    Telarc 80175 (CD: Selections from Victory at Sea and Other Favorites)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel 

     

    Rochester Pops Orchestra recordings

     

    Leroy Anderson

    Bugler's Holiday

     Pro-Arte CDD 454 (CD: Syncopated Clock)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

     

    Sandpaper Ballet

     Pro-Arte CDD 454 (CD: Syncopated Clock)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

     

    Sleigh Ride

    Pro Arte 220 (CD: Christmas at the Pops)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

     

    The Syncopated Clock

    Pro Arte CDD-454 (CD: Classical Jukebox: More Favourites of Leroy Anderson)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Kunzel
    2. http://erichkunzel.com/main-bio.htm

     

    Here he is leading the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Memorial Day Concert in 2007...

     

     

     



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