Megan Hilty to Join Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall, 1/24-26

Among Hilty's film credits are "The Bitter Feast" and the short film "The Happiest Man Alive," opposite Justin Chambers.

Consistently winning international praise for his extraordinary music making and visionary leadership, John Morris Russell began his tenure as Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in September of 2011. JMR "has shown a new generation the strength and versatility of symphonic pops" raved the Cincinnati Enquirer, while he continues to build upon the legacy of Pops founder and conductor Erich Kunzel.

JMR has worked with many of North America's most distinguished ensembles, including the orchestras of Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as Miami's New World Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. In 1999 he replaced an ailing Maestro Kunzel at the famed Musikverein in Vienna, in a concert featuring the Harlem Boychoir, the Vienna Choir Boys and the actor Gregory Peck. The performance was recorded on CD and DVD and continues to be televised throughout Europe, Japan and in the U.S. on PBS

Widely considered one of North America's leaders in orchestral educational programming, JMR champions music-making of all kinds in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. For 12 years he conducted "LinkUP!" concerts at Carnegie Hall, the oldest and most celebrated series of its kind, created by Walter Damrosch in 1891 and made famous by Leonard Bernstein. As Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra (1995-2006), he created the "Classical Roots" series, celebrating the music of African-American composers, as well as the "Sound Discoveries" series, which remains a leading model for educational concerts across the continent.

John Morris Russell also serves as Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in South

Carolina and is Conductor Laureate of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, where he was Music Director between 2001 and 2012. JMR studied at the University of Southern California, Williams College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, ME. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Windsor in 2011.

Tickets start at $25 and are available by phone at (513) 381-3300, on the Internet at www.cincinnatipops.org, or in person at:

· CSO Box Office at Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

· Student Tickets for Pops concerts are $20 and are available the week of the concert in person at the CSO Sales Office, over the phone at 513-381-3300, or online at www.cincinnatipops.org (limit two tickets per valid student ID).

· Child Tickets are just $20.

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