Wednesday, September 2, 2009

King of Pops!

Erich Kunzel
1935 - 2009

Internationally known and renowned conductor Erich Kunzel's life was taken by cancer. His legacy includes a 50 year career, leader of the Cincinnati Pops since 1966, 10 million recordings sold since 1977, Billboard's Classical Crossover performer four years running, the National Medal of Arts (2006) and induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame (2009).

Through the years I have greatly enjoyed Maestro Kunzel's recordings, television performances and appearances with the Toronto Pops at Roy Thomson Hall. He was a vibrant and caring professional who imparted joy to the audience.

My favourite part of Erich Kunzel's biography as it appeared in Playbills reads:

He and his wife, Brunhilde, live in Swans Island, Maine and Naples Florida. They frequently take to the water in their 44-foot Hinckley jet cruiser, "Pops".

It gives me the image of someone who loved and lived, and someone who would go on forever.


  1. Honestly, CW! Will you please stop making me cry!

  2. If you don't want to cry then don't come over to the house when I decorate the Christmas tree this year. I'll be listening to that autographed Cincinnati Pops CD.


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