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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: 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 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.