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The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel

From: WGUC
Length: 01:58:52

Celebrating the life and music of Erich Kunzel with a two-hour special.

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Naomi Lewin hosts The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel, remembering the man who founded the Cincinnati Pops, saw the group through dozens of recordings, and left behind a legacy of musical entertainment and showmanship that will never be duplicated.

The program includes favorite selections from the Pops interspersed with reminiscences from some of Maestro Kunzel’s favorite collaborators including Doc Sevrinsen, Dave Brubeck, Michael Feinstein, and Frederica von Stade, as well as members of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Maestro Kunzel, who lost his battle with cancer September 1, 2009, especially wanted the music of the Cincinnati Pops to continue after his death, so this special is made available to public radio stations to help fulfill that wish.

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Naomi Lewin hosts The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel, remembering the man who founded the Cincinnati Pops, saw the group through dozens of recordings, and left behind a legacy of musical entertainment and showmanship that will never be duplicated.

The program includes favorite selections from the Pops interspersed with reminiscences from some of Maestro Kunzel’s favorite collaborators including Doc Sevrinsen, Dave Brubeck, Michael Feinstein, and Frederica von Stade, as well as members of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Maestro Kunzel, who lost his battle with cancer September 1, 2009, especially wanted the music of the Cincinnati Pops to continue after his death, so this special is made available to public radio stations to help fulfill that wish.

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Superb Tribute and Excellent Radio Craft

This is an important, loving and thorough tribute to the late musician-conductor, Erich Kunzel -- best known for conducting the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and for leading the National Symphony Orchestra on the nationally televised PBS July 4th and Memorial Day concerts in Washington DC.

Host/Producer Naomi Lewin, and dozens of EK's colleagues and admirers (Dave Brubeck, Doc Sevrinsen, Frederica von Stade and Cincinnati Pops players) share the stories, insight and moments that all added up to a spectacular person, career and musical legacy.

Music is varied and well chosen (especially Cab Calloway-Porgy and Bess and Rodgers "Victory at Sea"); the script is pristine, thoughtful and upbeat. Overall production, mix and assembly is superb; music-to-talk ratio is perfect. Promo included.

"The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel" brings forward the conductor's life, musical gifts and the twinkle that was always in his eye.

Highly recommended.

Timing and Cues

THE SPECTACULAR LEGACY OF ERICH KUNZEL

Part 1 – 58:47 total
Open: MUSIC: 76 Trombones
OPTIONAL :30 I.D. break at the bottom of the hour – outcue at 27:06: "You’re listening to The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel from WGUC, Cincinnati."
Followed by :30 music (end of spiritual “Honor” to 27:36)
Rejoin: “This is The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel.”
OUTCUE: The Carousel Waltz, by Richard Rodgers. I'm Naomi Lewin – you’re listening to The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel, from WGUC, Cincinnati. (57:47)
Followed by :60 music (instrumental “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to 58:47)

Part 2 – 60:05 total
Open: “This is The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel – I'm Naomi Lewin.”
OPTIONAL :30 I.D. break at the bottom of the hour – outcue at 28:54: “You're listening to The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel, from WGUC, Cincinnati.
Followed by :30 fill music (instrumental “My Favorite Things” to 29:24)
Rejoin: “This is The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel.
OUTCUE: End of music (Fanfare for the Common Man)

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Additional Credits

Naomi Lewin - Host, Producer, Writer
Chelsea Vandedrink - audio engineer

Related Website

http://www.wguc.org/specials/erich_kunzel.asp