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RIP Erich Kunzel

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With all the other celebrities dropping dead this year, Erich Kunzel kind of got lost in all the fan fair. And I think the guy deserves some recognition.

I've always thought that conducting was really kind of a bullshit job. The only thing they're really good for is to stand there, raise their baton and get everyone to start playing at the same time. After that, they're pretty much useless, maybe good for getting everyone to end all at once as well.

But Erich Kunzel just always stood out to me. He seemed to be more master of ceremonies than conductor most times. Getting the audience involved with the production as much as possible.

Even though they mostly played "popular" music, he always managed to slip some classical in there too. He's probably the biggest influence in my life for my love of orchestral music.

First video: Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops are the only American orchestra invited to the Beijing Olympics. He likes their food!

Video, the second: conducted the National Symphony Orchestra every Memorial Day and Fourth of July from 1991 to 2008.

Video III: The Magnificent Seven theme performed by the Cincinnati Pops.

The rest of the thread can be used to talk about your love for orchestral music.