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Erich Kunzel Deceased at 74, Will be Missed

Posted by Chris DeMarco on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 9:42 am

Sadly, Erich Kunzel, the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, died yesterday at the age of 74 as a result multiple forms of cancer. The internationally famous musician led the Pops for over three decades and was not only an incredible musician and performer, but also a remarkable person.

I had the honor of meeting Maestro Kunzel and performing under his directorship only two short years ago. He was an inspirational leader and working with him will always remain one of the most memorable experiences of my life. His energy and enthusiasm brightened the stage and motivated everyone involved to perform their best.

I also had the opportunity to personally talk with Kunzel (and sing for him) following the performances. Actually, I even carried his luggage out to his car for him when he left Orchestra Hall. His great personality and genuine kindness and interest in people will always be remembered.

Erich Kunzel was unarguably one of the best conductors to have ever lived, and while he will be missed greatly, he also leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Erich Kunzel and Chris DeMarco at Orchestra Hall

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