Boldly go with JMR and the Pops on a mission to experience epic scores from Star Wars and Star Trek, along with selections from orchestral masterpieces such as Holst’s The Planets and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra (popularized in 2001: A Space Odyssey). Host and narrator George Takei, “Mr. Sulu” himself of Star Trek fame, guides this space-themed multimedia musical extravaganza, featuring breathtaking NASA images on the big screen. Dean Regas from the Cincinnati Observatory helps us distinguish “science fact” from science fiction.
Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald joins JMR and the Pops for an unforgettable night of rock and soul, rhythm and blues. From his days with Steely Dan to superstardom as a member of the Doobie Brothers and beyond, McDonald’s one-of-a-kind voice has filled the radio airwaves for nearly four decades and won him legions of fans. He’ll perform his greatest hits including "What A Fool Believes,” "Taking It to the Streets," "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," "On My Own," and "Sweet Freedom.”
Spectacular: a word that describes the man, the music and every concert that Pops Founder Erich Kunzel touched. Join us as we pull out all the stops in an orchestral salute to the music, mirth and majesty of the Kunzel era, featuring solos by members of your Cincinnati Pops. Hear thrilling selections that Erich championed, from classic film scores and Broadway, including ET: The Extra Terrestrial and The Sound of Music, plus favorites by Strauss, Gershwin and Mancini. And it wouldn’t be a fitting tribute to Erich without his greatest hit of all, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Join “Mr. Christmas” himself, John Morris Russell, for Cincinnati’s can’t-miss holiday family tradition! We’ll warm your heart and send your spirit soaring with traditional and contemporary holiday favorites, delivered in full sound and spectacle by your Cincinnati Pops—along with dancers, choirs, multiplatinum-selling vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway and an appearance by jolly old St. Nick.
Megan Hilty returns to the Music Hall stage after a stunning debut with the Cincinnati Pops in 2009 (“Wicked Divas”). The vivacious star of Broadway’s Wicked, Gentleman Prefer Blondes and 9 to 5: The Musical, as well as the NBC hit television series Smash, Megan joins JMR and the Pops for an unforgettable evening of Broadway favorites and songs from her new album, It Happens all the Time. Your Pops will round out the program with hits from Hollywood and Broadway.
The Classical Mystery Tour is coming to take you away! Featuring four musicians who look and sound just like the original, this Fab Four joins the Cincinnati Pops on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. This incredible concert features 30 of the band’s timeless classics sung and performed exactly as they were recorded, complete with the original orchestrations. Don’t miss the one-night-only show the LA Times describes as having “a high goosebump quotient.”
Join the Cincinnati Pops and conductor Steve Reineke for an evening of Mad Men style and lush lounge standards. This musical cocktail includes iconic 60s television themes and favorites made famous by Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach, Old Blue Eyes, and more—the chic soundtrack of an unforgettable era.
With “swooning tunes and stunning voices,” (Dallas News), the best-selling R&B group of all time will leave you breathless with hits such as “On Bended Knee,“ “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “The End of the Road” and “Motownphilly.” Made up of Nathan Morris, Wanye Morris and Shawn Stockman, Boyz II Men’s peerless harmonies have won them four Grammy awards and sold over 60 million recordings. Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to experience Boys II Men, conducted by Sarah Hicks—the first woman ever to lead the Cincinnati Pops.