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The USO and the Cincinnati Pops

A Legacy of Hope


In the fall of 2013, the Cincinnati Pops performed a concert at Music Hall that brought tears of joy, laughter and even poignant heartache to the audience. While Pops concerts often stir up a broad range of emotions, this one was different, as the performance was part of the annual USO Tribute Cincinnati event. The Pops has performed during this event every year since, and the immensely successful partnership has been a privilege for each of the musicians on stage. Each year, the USO Tribute Cincinnati event honors our country’s military heroes and raises funds for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Over the last 12 years, Cincinnati businesses and citizens have donated over six million dollars to support the physical and emotional needs of wounded American heroes with honor and dignity. The Orchestra is proud to be part of the 2016 USO Tribute Cincinnati event on July 2 at Riverbend Music Center.



On November 4, 2015, during the 12th annual USO Tribute Cincinnati concert, the USO of Metropolitan Washington presented the Cincinnati Pops and Conductor John Morris Russell with the 2015 Legacy of Hope Award. Established in 2004, the Legacy of Hope Award is named after famed entertainer and longtime USO advocate Bob Hope and was instituted to recognize the selfless hours that celebrities, members of the entertainment industry, and organizations spend boosting the morale of the men and women who protect the freedoms of the American people. Mr. Russell and the musicians of the Orchestra have been humbled and honored to be part of such a legacy.

The music of the Pops reflects the broad canvas of the American experience. Thanks to the brave men and women in our U.S. Armed Forces who have served our nation and protected our freedoms for hundreds of years, our culture has been able to grow and flourish, and we now have a rich repertoire of music that celebrates that culture.

John Morris Russell and the musicians of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra salute the service men and women, veterans and their families, who serve our country in invaluable ways. Your stories make music all the more meaningful. Thank you.