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Fanfare Cincinnati Podcast


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The Fanfare Cincinnati Podcast provides an opportunity for listeners to explore the world of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops and the region’s vibrant arts scene through conversations with performers, conductors and the people behind the scenes who make the music possible.

Host: Chris Pinelo

Chris Pinelo is the Vice President of Communications for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which also performs as the Cincinnati Pops, and is an avid music-lover.  Armed with his degree in operatic singing, he has delighted many a karaoke bar and plays just enough piano to be dangerous. 


Latest Episode: Composer-in-Residence: Jonathan Bailey Holland

Released: January 7, 2019

Composer Jonathan Bailey Holland’s connection to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra dates back to the world premiere of Halcyon Sun in 2004. The relationship has continued through the years, and for the 2018-19 season, he is the CSO’s Composer-in-Residence. On this episode of our podcast, we talk to Jonathan Bailey Holland about his most recent commission for the CSO, which had its world premiere in November. We also talk to Education Programs Manager Becky Spiewak and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music composition student Mabel Lecrone about the work Jonathan is doing in Cincinnati as part of his residency.

Guests: Jonathan Bailey Holland, Composer-in-Residence | Becky Spiewak, Education Programs Manager | Mable Lecrone, CSO Young Composer Workshop Participant

Jonathan Bailey Holland

Holland is currently Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Faculty Co-Chair of composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Holland has been commissioned by numerous orchestras, ensembles, and soloists. He is Composer-in-Residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the 2018-19 season - the first composer to serve that role with that orchestra. His work Ode premiered in November, 2018 and it was his the fifth work for the orchestra.

Becky Spiewak

Becky Spiewak is the Education Programs Manager for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, managing all school programming including Young People’s Concerts, Musicians In Schools, Sound Discoveries School Residency, CSO Educator Network and various partner projects.

Mable Lecrone

A 2018 graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), Mable Lecrone is now majoring in both violin and composition at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. She currently studies violin with Timothy Lees, recently retired concertmaster of the CSO, and composition with Dr. Miguel Roig-Francoli.


Episode 1: Patriotic Pops

Released: June 28, 2018

The Cincinnati Pops performs every Fourth of July at Riverbend Music Center, a tradition that started when the venue opened in 1984. Learn about this family-friendly tradition on the banks of the Ohio River and the great American music that drives it.  

Guests: John Morris Russell, Pops Conductor | Sam Strater, Director of Artistic Administration for the Cincinnati Pops

John Morris Russell

A remarkable artist with boundless enthusiasm for music-making of all kinds, John Morris Russell is A modern conductor who engages and enthralls audiences with the full breadth of the orchestral experience. Read More

Sam Strater

Sam Strater has worked for the CSO and Pops in various roles since in 2006, and has been director of artistic administration for the Cincinnati Pops since 2009. He lives in Northern Kentucky with his family and a small collection of goats and chickens.


Episode 2: Bravos without Barriers

Released: July 18, 2018

The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship is a groundbreaking performance fellowship program for exceptional string players. The program provides an unparalleled two-year learning experience for graduate-level violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music. The first class has recently graduated and class number three is about to start its fellowship journey.

Guests: Ahmad Mayes, Director of Education and Community Engagement | Carol Dary Dunevant, Instructional Programs Manager | Emilio Carlo, Viola, Class of 2016-2018 Alumni

Ahmad Mayes

In his role with the CSO Ahmad oversees all Education and Community Engagement activity including diversity and inclusion programs, Concerts for Young People, school partnerships, musician training, and community engagement programming. Previous positions also include Director of Operations & Artistic Administration for Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA), where Ahmad played a significant role in the launch of the El Sistema inspired YOSA Music Learning Center after-school music program on San Antonio’s Westside.

Carol Dary Dunevant

Carol Dunevant came on board to work with the CSYO in 2015 following a career of teaching and conducting. Her husband, David, and cat, Watson, fully support her dedication and passion for working with student musicians.

Emilio Carlo

Emilio Carlo is a native of the Bronx, New York, He recently graduated with an Artist Diploma from CCM after receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance. Carlo is a 2012 recipient of the Brewster Award for young artists from the John. F Kennedy Center for the performing arts. 


Episode 3: Orchestra Auditions Pt 1

Released: August 2, 2018

When a position opens up at the CSO, hundreds and at times, hundreds upon hundreds of musicians apply, traveling to Cincinnati on their own dime. Getting into a fulltime professional orchestra is immensely challenging and many audience members probably don’t realize how challenging a process it truly is. For the next two episodes of our podcast, we will set out to demystify the audition process and offer insights.

Guests: Paul Frankenfeld, Associate Principal Viola, Grace M. Allen Chair | Carol Dary Dunevant, Instructional Programs Manager | Gene Chang, Assistant Conductor, CSYO Director

Paul Frankenfeld

Paul is the Associate Principal Viola, Grace M. Allen Chair and has been a member of the CSO since 1979. In addition, he is currently the President of the Cincinnati Musician's Association.

Carol Dary Dunevant

Carol Dunevant came on board to work with the CSYO in 2015 following a career of teaching and conducting. Her husband, David, and cat, Watson, fully support her dedication and passion for working with student musicians.

Gene Chang

Gene Chang joined the Orchestra’s conducting staff as Assistant Conductor in September 2015. His duties include leading the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) programs, conducting the CSO in its Young People's Concerts series, and assisting conductors of the CSO, Cincinnati Pops, and May Festival.


Episode 4: Orchestra Auditions Pt 2

Released: August 16, 2018

The second of a two-part episode explores the highly competitive world of orchestra auditions. Paul Pietrowski, Director of Orchestra Personnel, offers insights into the audition process and learn about Principal Violist Christian Colberg’s journey. 

Guests: Paul Pietrowski, Director of Orchestra Personnel | Christian Colberg, Principal Viola, Louise D. & Louis Nippert Chair

Paul Pietrowski

As the Director of Orchestra Personnel, Paul Pietrowski is the lead administrator of the CSO’s collective bargaining agreement and serves as a resource and counsel for musicians, acting in a human resources capacity for orchestra personnel and as a liaison between musicians, the music director, and management. Duties include managing personnel for all orchestra services for the CSO, Cincinnati Pops and May Festival, including subscription performances, tours and local/regional performances, as well as overseeing all auditions.

Christian Colberg

Christian Colberg began his musical studies at the age of five in his native Puerto Rico. Known for his versatility, Colberg excels as a violinist and violist, and has garnered accolades as a composer and a conductor. He is currently the Principal Viola of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, holding the Louise D. & Louis Nippert Chair. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music, having studied under the tutelage of Charles Libov and Shirley Givens.


Episode 5: Star Wars

Released: August 22, 2018

Star Wars is an iconic film that changed the cultural landscape with an equally iconic film score by John Williams. In advance of the Cincinnati Pops performances in September, this episode examines the cultural impact of Star Wars with Assistant Principal Trumpet Chris Kiradjeff, Pops Director of Artistic Administration Sam Strater and Conductor John Morris Russell.

Guests: Chris Kiradjeff, Assistant Principal Trumpet | Sam Strater, Director of Artistic Administration - Cincinnati Pops

Chris Kiradjeff, Assistant Principal Trumpet

Chris Kiradjeff is the Assistant Principal Trumpet, starting with the CSO in 1997 and an avid Star Wars fan.

 

Sam Strater

Sam Strater has worked for the CSO and Pops in various roles since in 2006, and has been director of artistic administration for the Cincinnati Pops since 2009. He lives in Northern Kentucky with his family and a small collection of goats and chickens.

Episode 6: CSO 18/19 Preview

Released: September 11, 2018

The 2018-19 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season is upon us. In this episode, we talk season highlights with the CSO’s new Director of Artistic Administration and Planning Nate Bachhuber and also find out what Music Director Louis Langrée was up to over the summer.

Guests: Louis Langrée, Music Director | Nate Bachhuber, Director of Artistic Administration - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Louis Langrée, Music Director

The French conductor Louis Langrée has been Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He is also Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, a position that he has held since 2002.

Nate Bachhuber

Nate Bachhuber hails from Wisconsin and holds Bachelor of Vocal Performance and Master of Opera degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Prior to his position at the CSO, he came from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, where he has served as Artistic Administrator since April of 2014.


Episode 7: The Rite of Spring with Louis Langrée

Released: September 21, 2018

Stravinsky’s iconic Rite of Spring started a revolution and changed the musical language. It is regarded by many to be the greatest composition of the 20th century and in this episode of our podcast, we discuss Stravinsky’s masterpiece with CSO Music Director Louis Langrée. Of course Rite of Spring opens with a famous solo bassoon line and we’ll also meet the CSO’s new Principal Bassoon, Chris Sales.

Guests: Louis Langrée, Music Director | Chris Sales, Principal Bassoon

Louis Langrée, Music Director

The French conductor Louis Langrée has been Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He is also Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, a position that he has held since 2002.

Chris Sales

In years prior, he held Principal positions with the Calgary Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Norrkӧping Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras. Described as "fleet-fingered and nimble" by the Calgary Herald, Christopher has showcased his virtuosity in concerto performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, as well as the Aspen and Eastern Music Festivals.


Episode 8: Don Quixote with Christian Colberg

Released: October 5, 2018

A novel from over 400 years old – considered by many to be the first modern novel – has inspired centuries of music. This episode explores the world of Don Quixote with CSO Principal Viola Christian Colberg, who performs his own concerto inspired by the classic novel with the CSO in October, and Music Director Louis Langrée who built a concert program around interpretations of this classic story.

Guests: Christian Colberg, Principal Viola | Louis Langrée, Music Director

Christian Colberg

Christian Colberg began his musical studies at the age of five in his native Puerto Rico. Known for his versatility, Colberg excels as a violinist and violist, and has garnered accolades as a composer and a conductor. He is currently the Principal Viola of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, holding the Louise D. & Louis Nippert Chair. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music, having studied under the tutelage of Charles Libov and Shirley Givens.

Louis Langrée, Music Director

The French conductor Louis Langrée has been Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He is also Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, a position that he has held since 2002.


Episode 9: Music in the Media

Released: October 19, 2018

As the media landscape has gone through major changes in the past decade, so has local arts coverage. This episodes explores how that landscape affects arts organizations and journalists alike. Guests are longtime Cincinnati music critic and reporter Janelle Gelfand and journalist and anchor Kathrine Nero.

Guests: Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Business Courier Contributor | Kathrine Nero, Cincinnati Enquirer Facebook Live Host

Janelle Gelfand

I have covered classical music and the arts in Cincinnati for more than two decades, play piano and tennis and enjoy trying all of the new restaurants in Over-the-Rhine.

Kathrine Nero

Former early riser now live on Facebook Monday-Thursday at 10am for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Always on your side.


Episode 10: American Originals: 1918 featuring JMR

Released: November 08, 2018

The year 1918 marked the end of the First World War and a cultural awakening in America. This episode focuses on the Cincinnati Pops’ highly-anticipated new album, American Originals: 1918, captured live at Music Hall and featuring popular music of that era. Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, Keyboardist Julie Spangler and Administrator Sam Strater dive into uniquely American sounds and talk about the collaborations with Rhiannon Giddens, Pokey LaFarge and Steep Canyon Rangers.

Guests: John Morris Russell, Pops Conductor | Julie Spangler, Arranger and Keyboardist, James P. Thornton Chair | Sam Strater, Director of Artistic Administration for the Cincinnati Pops

John Morris Russell

A remarkable artist with boundless enthusiasm for music-making of all kinds, John Morris Russell is A modern conductor who engages and enthralls audiences with the full breadth of the orchestral experience. Read More

Julie Spangler

Julie Spangler is a longtime Cincinnati Pops arranger, featured on several Pops recordings with both Erich Kunzel and John Morris Russell. In addition to arranging "I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle," for the American Originals: 1918 album, she is a Keyboardist, James P. Thornton Chair, for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Sam Strater

Sam Strater has worked for the CSO and Pops in various roles since in 2006, and has been director of artistic administration for the Cincinnati Pops since 2009. He lives in Northern Kentucky with his family and a small collection of goats and chickens.


Episode 11: Engaging Audience in the 21st Century featuring CSO President Jonathan Martin

Released: November 26, 2018

The year 1918 marked the end of the First World War and a cultural awakening in America. This episode focuses on the Cincinnati Pops’ highly-anticipated new album, American Originals: 1918, captured live at Music Hall and featuring popular music of that era. Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, Keyboardist Julie Spangler and Administrator Sam Strater dive into uniquely American sounds and talk about the collaborations with Rhiannon Giddens, Pokey LaFarge and Steep Canyon Rangers.

Guests: Jonathan Martin, President of the CSO | Amber Ostaszewski, Director of Audience Engagement | Bridget Leak & Trey Tatum, Queen City Flash

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin is the current President of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra starting in September of 2017 and previously served the as President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2017.

Amber Ostaszewski

Amber Ostaszewski is the Director of Audience Engagement, while previously serving as the LUMENOCITY Project intern in 2016. She's charged with programming many of the smaller events surrounding the classical concert experience at Music Hall.

Bridget Leak and Trey Tatum

Bridget Leak and Trey Tatum come from the local theatre company Queen City Flash as a partner in the first Friday Orange of the 2018-2019 CSO season.


Episode 12: Musicians Behind the Music

Released: December 18, 2018

We said from the very beginning that this podcast provides an opportunity for listeners to explore the world of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, and the region's vibrant arts scene through conversations with performers, conductors and the people behind the scenes who make the music possible. On today's episode, we hear from two CSO musicians - Principal Clarinet Chris Pell, who recently joined the CSO, and Principal Trumpet Bob Sullivan, who re-joined the CSO after some years spent teaching at Northwestern University. We'll talk about how they came to be musicians, how they came to Cincinnati, and about their critically important roles within the Orchestra.

Guests: Robert Sullivan, Principal Trumpet, Rawson Chair | Chris Pell, Principal Clarinet, Emma Margaret & Irving D. Goldman Chair

Robert Sullivan

During his years teaching at Northwestern University, Robert Sullivan was a regular performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Previous to his first tenure in Cincinnati, Mr. Sullivan served as Associate Principal Trumpet in the New York Philharmonic for eleven seasons and the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Principal Trumpet for 5 years.

Chris Pell

He is also the former Principal Clarinetist of The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Second Clarinetist of The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Christopher has performed as Principal Clarinetist with The Toronto Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City), The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, second clarinet with The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and a variety of positions with The American Ballet Theatre.