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The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is a pops orchestra based in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, founded in 1977 out of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Its members are also the members of the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Pops is managed by the same administration. Erich Kunzel, the Pops' founding conductor, continued to lead the Pops until his death in 2009.

In 1965, maestro Max Rudolf invited Erich Kunzel, a young conductor on the faculty of Brown University, to join the Cincinnati Symphony. That October, Kunzel, a Dartmouth graduate and assistant to French conductor Pierre Monteux, conducted his first "8 O'Clock" Pops concert. Over the next four decades, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra regularly performed for packed houses in Cincinnati's Music Hall and established worldwide recognition through tours and critically acclaimed, best-selling recordings on the Telarc label.

An estimated 30 million people have viewed eight national telecasts of the Cincinnati Pops on PBS, and the Orchestra has more than 100 available recordings, 56 of which have appeared on the Billboard charts, a record unmatched by any other orchestra, and sales of over 10 million units. The Pops’ Copland: Music of America won a 1998 Grammy Award, and four other Pops recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards.

In May 2008, the Pops received an invitation to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the only American orchestra to play the opening weekend.

After Kunzel's death on September 1, 2009, John Morris Russell was named in December 2010 as the new director of the Pops, effective September 1, 2011.

However, since Kunzel's death, there have been no new Pops telecasts, not even on Christmas.

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Discography

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 1812 / Capriccio Italien / Cossack Dance Tchaikovsky; Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 3
1984 Star Tracks Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
1984 Time Warp Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
1986 Round-Up Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Frankie Laine 3
1986 William Tell & Other Favorite Overtures Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 1
1987 Pomp & Pizazz Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1987 Star Tracks II Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1987 Hollywood's Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1988 American Jubilee Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 1
1988 The Sound of Music Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1989 Chiller Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1989 Happy Trails Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1989 Mancini's Greatest Hits Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1989 Selections from Victory at Sea, War and Remembrance, Casablanca and Other Favorites Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1990 Christmas With the Pops Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1990 The Stokowski Sound Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1990 Fantastic Journey Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1991 Bond and Beyond Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
1991 Down on the Farm Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1992 Rodgers and Hammerstein Songbook for Orchestra Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1992 Young at Heart Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1993 Hollywood's Greatest Hits, Volume II Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1993 Ein Straussfest II Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1994 The Fantastic Stokowski Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1994 The Great Fantasy-Adventure Album Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 4 2
1995 Verdi Without Words: Grand Opera for Orchestra Verdi; Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 4 1
1995 The Magical Music of Disney Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1995 Puttin' on the Ritz: Great Hollywood Musicals Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1996 Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber; Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 1
1996 Symphonic Star Trek Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2000 Mega Movies Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
2000 TELARC Super Test CD, Volume 2 Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2001 1812 / Capriccio Italien / Marche Slave / Festival Coronation March / Polonaise / Cossack Dance Tchaikovsky; Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Chorus, Children's Choir of Greater Cincinnati, Erich Kunzel 2
2001 Music of the Beatles (feat. King's Singers) Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
2002 A Celtic Spectacular Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2003 Got Swing! Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
2003 Epics Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2004 Lincoln Portrait & Other Works Aaron Copland; Katharine Hepburn, Sherrill Milnes, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 1
2005 Bold Island Suite / Symphony No. 2, "Romantic" / Suite From Merry Mount Howard Hanson; Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 2
2005 The Big Picture Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2006 Christmastime Is Here Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2007 Masters and Commanders Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 2
Fiesta! Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
From the Heart Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
Movie Love Themes Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
Pops Plays Puccini (Puccini Without Words) Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
Sailing Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
The Fantasy Dream Album Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
The Great Composers, Volume 45: Enigma Variations, op. 36 / Pomp and Circumstance, op. 39 no. 1 Sir Edward Elgar; London Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Orchestral Spectaculars Compilation Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 2

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