Television programs remember Erich Kunzel

Posted on: July 7, 2010

In Sunday’s (7/4) Cincinnati Enquirer, John Kiesewetter writes, “Seeing Erich Kunzel conduct an orchestra was as much a part of July Fourth as fireworks. Those who loved him—or his music—will be delighted to see the late Cincinnati Pops conductor again on TV tonight, 10 months after losing his battle with cancer. PBS’ ‘A Capitol Fourth,’ for which he conducted the National Symphony for two decades, will remember Kunzel during the 8 p.m. live concert from Washington. Then CET premieres ‘Erich Kunzel: A Cincinnati Legacy’ (9:30 p.m., Channel 48), with friends and musicians explaining the maestro’s magic. … While watching clips from CET’s eight Cincinnati Pops specials and dozens of old photographs, viewers will hear stories about Kunzel from trumpeter Doc Severinsen; Cincinnati Pops conductors Steve Reineke and Vince Lee; Enquirer classical music writer Janelle Gelfand; retired Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra President Steven Monder; CSO board member Norma Petersen; and musician Stacey Woolley. … CET also shows Kunzel conducting his final concert, Aug. 1 at Riverbend Music Center. His friends talk candidly about Kunzel’s cancer, diagnosed only four months before his Sept. 1 death.”

Posted July 7, 2010