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Erich Kunzel


Probably the most successful classical/crossover recording artist in chart history, Erich Kunzel rose to fame during his lengthy reign because the conductor from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Educated at Dartmouth, Harvard, and Dark brown Universities, he analyzed under French conductor Pierre Montreux, later on providing as his personal associate; in 1965, Kunzel was asked by music movie director Max Rudolph to become listed on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, quickly overtaking their Eight O’Clock Pops series. His affinity for the pops repertoire was instant, and in 1970 Arthur Fiedler asked him to carry out the Boston Pops; within the years to check out, he came back to Boston yearly to assume visitor conductor responsibilities, and by enough time the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra was officially set up in 1977, Kunzel was the most obvious choice for conductor. Learning to be a fixture of pops shows, Kunzel subsequently offered as regular visitor conductor with orchestras from coast to coast, appearing annually using the Chicago Symphony on the Ravinia Celebration, the LA Philharmonic on the Hollywood Dish, the Cleveland Orchestra on the Blossom Celebration, the Philadelphia Orchestra on the Mann Music Middle, the Toronto Symphony, the Minnesota and Detroit Symphonies, as well as the Country wide Symphony both on the Kennedy Middle and on the yard from the Capitol, coming back every year for the nationally televised Memorial Time and Independence Time concerts. A lot of Kunzel’s recordings using the Cincinnati Pops — included in this The Sound of Music, Victory at Ocean and Chiller — topped Billboard’s graph of best-selling traditional crossover records; altogether, over three dozen of his functions made chart performances, lots unpredecedented for pops recordings.

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Full Name Erich Kunzel
Died September 1, 2009, Swan's Island, Maine, United States
Profession Conductor
Education Brown University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University
Nationality German, American
Music Groups Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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1 Naples, Florida [November 2007]
2 He joined the Cincinnati Symphony in 1965 as associate conductor.
3 He attended Dartmouth, Harvard and Brown universities.
4 He made his professional debut with the Santa Fe Opera in 1957.
5 He was awarded the 2006 American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. for his services to music.
6 Was the former lead conductor of The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.



Warehouse 13 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec 2010 performer: "Can Can No. 3" - as Eric Kunzel
Play 2007/I Short performer: " Auditorium Festival March"
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series 2 episodes
My Own Partridge Family 2002 Short performer: "Crime Spree"
The Dentist 2 1998 performer: "Gaité Parisienne: Waltz" - uncredited
Uncle Sam 1996 Video performer: "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

Music Department

Music Department

A Capitol Fourth 2007 TV Movie conductor: orchestra
Great Performances 2002 TV Series conductor - 1 episode
A Capitol Fourth 2001 TV Movie conductor



A Capitol Fourth 2009 TV Special
A Capitol Fourth 2008 TV Movie Himself
A Capitol Fourth 2005 TV Special
A Capitol Fourth 2004 TV Special Himself
A Capitol Fourth 2003 TV Movie Himself - Conductor
Cincinnati: Just Around the Corner 2003 Documentary short Himself
A Capitol Fourth 2001 TV Movie Himself

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Archive Footage

A Capitol Fourth 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself

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