23/24 Pops Season

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The Doo Wop Project

Fri Mar 15, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 16, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 17, 2024 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Charl Brown, vocalist
Dwayne Cooper, vocalist
John Michael Dias, vocalist
Russell Fischer, vocalist
Dominic Nolfi, vocalist


Love the classic sounds of Frankie Valli, The Drifters, The Del Vikings? Join conductor John Morris Russell and the Pops for The Doo Wop Project. From foundational tunes of groups like the Crests and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to Doo Wop-ified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson and Jason Mraz. Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!

BEN RECTOR & CODY FRY: Live with the Cincinnati Pops

Tue Mar 26, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Jason Seber, conductor
Ben Rector
Cody Fry

After selling out two shows at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, Platinum-selling indie superstar Ben Rector and viral TikTok singer/songwriter sensation Cody Fry are bringing their magic to Music Hall with the Pops!

Ben Rector’s piano-driven pop has garnered more than one billion streams and been featured in hundreds of TV shows and films. He teams up with Cody Fry, who achieved meteoric success on TikTok with his song, “I Hear a Symphony,” in 2021. That same year, Fry was nominated for a GRAMMY for his cover of “Eleanor Rigby.” Don’t miss these two in a one-of-a-kind acoustic show that features the intimacy of guitar and piano with the strength of a full symphony orchestra.

The Dream of America

Fri Apr 12, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 13, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Apr 14, 2024 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


Conductor John Morris Russell and the Pops present Peter Boyer’s poignant Ellis Island: The Dream of America, celebrating the historic American immigrant experience and the American dream. Innovative in its format, bringing elements of theater and multimedia, including historical images from the Ellis Island archives, performers share real stories of those arriving to America and the circumstances surrounding their journey.

The program opens by showcasing the vibrancy of Cincinnati’s international communities, with the Donauschwaben Schuhplattlers, Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir/Shanti Choir, Cincinnati Baila! Dance Academy, Ijo-Ugo Performing Arts Company, McGing Irish Dancers and Alliance of Chinese Culture & Arts, presenting cultural dance traditions from around the world alongside music from your Cincinnati Pops.