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Watching Lumenocity From an OTR Porch

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In 2013 and 2014 I saw Lumenocity up close. Last year I scored free tickets at the last minute. I wasn’t so lucky in 2015, so my wife and I invited friends and neighbors to a “watch party” at our OTR home, just a block east of Washington Park.   

Pops Maestro Jazzed About Seth MacFarlane Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It seems today that all you see are sex-crazed talking teddy bears in movies and lewd cartoons on TV. But where are those good, old-fashioned crooners on which we used to rely? Luckily, there’s Seth MacFarlane.   
by Mike Breen 07.17.2015 43 days ago
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‘American Originals’ Pops Concert Recording Due in September

Recording from January celebration of American Roots music featuring the Pops and national/local Americana performers gets a release date

Back in January at Music Hall, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, under the direction of conductor John Morris Russell, presented its unique “American Originals” concerts. During the performances, the orchestra collaborated with several local and national Folk/Americana artists to perform and celebrate the music of Stephen Foster and other early songs that are the foundation of the “Great American Songbook.”  Read CityBeat’s cover story on the project here. Rosanne Cash, Aoife O’Donovan (who recently returned to join the Pops for its Fourth of July concert at Riverbend; read our interview with her here), Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Joe Henry joined Cincinnati area artists Over the Rhine's Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, members of the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and others to perform specially arranged versions of Foster compositions like “O! Susannah,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Camptown Races” and “Beautiful Dreamer,” as well as traditional numbers like “Red River Valley,” “Kumbaya” and “Amazing Grace.” A live recording of the concert featuring 17 songs will be released on Friday, Sept. 11. (You can pre-order it now here from Amazon.)Here is the detailed track listing for the American Originals release (via cincinnatisymphony.org): 1) “O’ Susannah” (written by Foster, arranged by Chris Walden and with Joe Henry on vocals) 2) “Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair” (written by Foster, arranged by Rob Mounsey and with Aoife O’Donovan and Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine on vocals) 3) “My Old Kentucky Home” (written by Stephen Foster, arranged by Rebecca Pellett and featuring Rosanne Cash on vocals) 4) “Amazing Grace” (traditional, arranged by Pellett and featuring Aoife O’Donovan and the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars) 5) “Rolling River: Sketches On Shenandoah” (composed by Peter Boyer)  6) “Why, No One To Love?” (written by Foster, arranged by Pellett and featuring Over the Rhine’s Bergquist on vocals and her OTR partner Linford Detweiler on Rhodes keyboard) 7) “Old Folks At Home” (by Foster, arranged by Timothy Berens and featuring Dom Flemons on vocals and harmonica, Timothy Berens on banjo and Paul Patterson on fiddle) 8) “Kumbaya” (traditional, arranged by Berens and featuring Timothy Lees, Kathryn Woolley, Gabriel Pegis and Scott Mozlin on violins and Richard Jensen on djembe 9) “Slumber My Darling” (by Foster, arranged by Chris Walden and featuring O’Donovan on vocals and guitar) 10) “Aura Lee” (by Foster, arranged by Pellett and with Henry and Ed Cunningham on vocals) 11) “Foster's Folly” (by Foster, arranged by Berens) 12) “Ring, Ring The Banjo” (by Foster, arranged by Walden and featuring Flemons on banjo and bones  and Cunningham on fiddle) 13) “Red River Valley” (traditional, arranged by Berens and featuring the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars) 14) “The Battle Cry Of Freedom” (composed by George Frederick Root and arranged by Berens) 15) “Beautiful Dreamer” (by Foster, arranged by Mounsey with Cash on vocals) 16) “Hard Times Come Again No More” (by Foster, arranged by Berens and featuring Over the Rhine, with Bergquist on vocals and Detweiler on guitar) 17) “Camptown Races” (by Foster, arranged by Mounsey and featuring the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, as well as Cash, Flemons, Henry, O’Donovan and Over the Rhine on vocals)
 
 

Playing the Holiday Soundtracks

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
‘Tis the season for an abundance of music that includes beloved traditions: Handel’s oratorio Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Both pieces are holiday staples performed year after year. After year.  

John Morris Russell Wants the Cincinnati Pops to Pop

New Cincinnati Pops conductor aims for wide community outreach

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Last month, the Cincinnati Pops announced the appointment of John Morris Russell as its conductor, succeeding the legendary Erich Kunzel, who died in September 2009. The usual flurry of laudatory press coverage followed the announcement, but there wasn’t much focus on a significant part of Russell’s career that will be crucial for the Pops future — his commitment to community outreach.  

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