Erich Kun­zel

BBC Music Magazine - - MUSICAL DESTINATIONS -

As you head to­wards Mu­sic Hall, you will find yourself walk­ing along Erich Kun­zel

Way, named after the much-loved con­duc­tor. Born in New York, Kun­zel was ap­pointed in 1965 as an as­so­ciate con­duc­tor by the Cincin­nati SO, where he set up a series of ‘8 o’clock Pops’ con­certs. When, in 1977, the CSO launched the new Cincin­nati Pops orches­tra, Kun­zel was the ob­vi­ous man to con­duct it. Over the next 30 years, the Pops and Kun­zel be­came glob­ally fa­mous, record­ing many best-sell­ing discs. Pre­sented with the Na­tional Medal of Arts by Ge­orge W Bush in 2006, he died in 2009.

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