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Cincinnati Pops names Russell as Conductor

Erich Kunzel (Source: Cincinnati Pops) Erich Kunzel (Source: Cincinnati Pops)
John Morris Russell (Source: Cincinnati Pops) John Morris Russell (Source: Cincinnati Pops)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has announced the selection of Maestro John Morris Russell as Conductor.

Russell, an Ohio native, served as the associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2006. He is currently Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. In October of 2010 he was honored as the first recipient of the Arts Leadership Award by the Windsor Endowment for the Arts, in recognition of the enormous contribution he has made to the region's cultural life.

Russell will officially take over as Pops conductor in September of 2011. He will lead the Pops in "Happy Holidays with the Pops" at Music Hall this weekend with Grammy winner Debby Boone.

He succeeds the late Erich Kunzel, who died in September of 2009 from cancer.

Maestro Russell is widely considered North America's leader in orchestral educational programming. From 1997 to 2009 Mr. Russell conducted the "LinkUP!" educational concert series at Carnegie Hall, the oldest and most celebrated series of its kind, created by Walter Damrosch in 1891 and made famous by Leonard Bernstein.

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