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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Founded in 1895, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is the fifth oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and represents the evolution of 200 years of musical tradition in the Queen City. Appointed 11th music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1986, Jesús López-Cobos personifies the commitment to excellence, musical knowledge and love of music that have led the CSO into a new era of acclaim.

The 1998-99 season marks the 21st anniversary of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, established by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra board of trustees in 1977, when Erich Kunzel was named as its conductor.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on stage
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on stage

It is one of the world's most active classical pops ensembles, performing 20 subscription concerts during the Music Hall season and 10 subscription concerts at Riverbend Music Center, the orchestra's outdoor summer home, where the inaugural concert was given July 4, 1984.

Originally submitted by: George V. Voinovich, Senator.



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