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If It Sounds Good, It Is Good! | Summer 2017


Summer in Cincinnati means music al fresco with the Pops! While the warmth of the Ohio Valley embraces us like a great big hug, Pops fans from all over gather with lawn chairs and coolers in the evening, to drink-in everyone’s musical favorites. From Riverbend to the Great American Ball Park, Woodland Mound to Greenacres, the Pops brings the American soundscape to our beloved city for music lovers of all ages.

First up is “Superheroes!”—the final concert of our Lollipops Family Concert Series at the Taft Theatre. We’ve teamed up with the award-winning Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to create a HILARIOUS story based on music from our wildly popular recording Superheroes! (2013). Featuring my favorite caped crusader, Conduktor, and various other musical superheroes and villains, the production includes modern hits like The Avengers and Captain America, as well as our own TV theme song medley, To the Rescue! We will also include “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray, “Seize the Day” from Newsies and “No Bad News” from The Wiz. Lollipops concerts are always inspiring; when I look out into the audience full of eager faces, I imagine the future of our community that appreciates the majesty, beauty and elegance of great music.

July 4 brings our annual “Patriotic Pops” program at Riverbend Music Center. Our annual Independence Day salute to America includes popular patriotic tunes like the aweinspiring “Armed Forces Medley,” “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.” I’m always moved by how many veterans and service men and women spend their Fourth of July with us. For this year’s proprogram, we welcome back R&B dynamo Ellis Hall, “The Ambassador of Soul.” Ellis performed an outrageous tribute to Ray Charles with the Pops a little while back, and he’ll be singing classics by Marvin Gaye and James Brown, as well as Brother Ray. Also joining us for their Pops debut are the Quebe Sisters—three swinging fiddlers and tight-harmony singers from deep in the heart of Texas. Ellis and the Quebe Sisters, along with the Cincinnati Pops Chorale, will bring a terrific blend of bluegrass, folk, R&B, soul and Americana to celebrate our unique musical style.

The Pops performs at Great American Ball Park for Fireworks Friday on July 21 with music from the 60s and 70s, including a Disco Medley that will have the entire stadium dancing. No matter the outcome of the game, you know your Pops will remain undefeated. You can also check us out at Woodland Mound Park on July 31 for a concert of hot jazz—it’s a beautiful spot high above the Ohio River and we’ll be swinging all evening long. Eastsiders can also catch the Pops for concerts at the Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill August 4 and 5, along with Cincinnati Opera, the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, in music inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

It’s another summer of great music in Cincinnati— see you there!