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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: Bravos without Barriers

Released: July 18, 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: 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 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.

Emilio Carlo is a native of the Bronx, New York, and currently resides in Washington D.C. He is a first-year Artist Diploma student at CCM and recently graduated from the conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance.