Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Cincinnati Pops Announces Details for First Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops have announced details for the first Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series.
Named for Andrew J. Brady, longtime Cincinnati bandleader and band director at Western Hills High School from 1944 to 1976, the free outdoor concert series will take place throughout the summer in the Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods including Westwood (June 19), Price Hill (June 26), Bond Hill (July 14), West End (July 16), and Evanston (August 6). Programs will celebrate each neighborhood’s distinct musical heritage with music ranging from orchestral classics and jazz to Latin, R&B and soul.
“We are excited to work with our neighborhood partners to collaborate on programs that reflect and honor our communities,” said CSO President and CEO Jonathan Martin. “We want to engage with our neighbors, entertain families and build community through music.”
Born January 3, 1915 into a large musical family in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Andrew J. Brady grew up playing the trumpet, violin, and piano with his father and siblings. Later in life, Andrew enrolled at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. He taught music at Rothenberg Elementary School in Over-the-Rhine before joining Western Hills High School, where he remained orchestra and bandleader for 32 years. In addition to teaching, Andrew performed in area jazz bands on the weekends, and during the summers he led concerts by popular bands in parks in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
“Andrew Brady’s summer concerts served as the direct inspiration for our neighborhood concert series,” Martin continued. “They were free and open to the public, and they became a treasured part of Cincinnati summers for many decades.”
The Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series is the evolution of collaborative work with community partners over the past three years, led by Tiffany Cooper, CSO’s Director of Community Engagement and Diversity. The concert series aims to bring residents together, build community, and provide performances that don’t need to take place at the Music Hall.
“Community engagement is about reaching people where they are,” Cooper said. “Through our collaboration with our community partners, we have learned more about each community, and our partnerships have helped ensure that each concert reflects the community itself, whether through music, food or pre-show activities. concert that we have planned.”
Organized by a team of artistic leaders from the Orchestra and neighborhood community partners, the concert programs will reflect each neighborhood’s unique musical heritage and feature an array of special guests with community ties. Cincinnati Pops bandleader John Morris Russell will conduct the orchestra in four of the five concerts (June 19, July 14, July 16 and August 6) and guest conductor Enrico Lopez Yañez, the Orchestra’s principal conductor Nashville Symphony, will lead the June 26 concert program in the Price Hill neighborhood. The special guest list for the series includes singers Victoria Ellington, Lauren Eylise, Ciara Harper, Tia Toles-Seay, Kathy Wade and Noël Walton; violinists Diane Monroe and CSO/Pops acting assistant concertmaster Charles Morey; dancers from the Q-KIDZ dance studio; and recently retired Local 12 News anchor John Lomax.
“Cincinnati’s musical heritage goes far beyond the walls of Music Hall – the musical traditions of our neighborhoods have shaped our city’s ethos,” Russell said. “From legendary West End jazz clubs and Evanston’s iconic King Records Studio to creating community music of all kinds nurtured in music halls, church choirs and festivals across the city, our concerts will celebrate Queen City’s musical mosaic.”
“The West End is delighted to be part of the Brady Neighborhood Concert Series!” said Alexis Kidd, executive director of Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses. “Having access to this caliber of performances in our own backyard is truly a gift. The thoughtfulness of the music and performances that include West End bands will make this event one of the best we’ve ever had. We are grateful to the CSO and Pops for partnering with us to bring great programming and events to the West End.”
In addition to music performed by the Orchestra and special guests, the events will also include pre-concert activities for the whole family, such as arts and crafts, music labs, community booths and activities by neighborhood vendors, as well as food and drink from area foodtrucks. A shuttle service will also be available at all sites to facilitate parking and accessibility. A full list of activities, vendors and other event details by performance can be found on the Orchestra’s website.
“Learning Through Art is thrilled and honored to partner with CSO/Pops and the Corinthian Baptist Church to present the Brady Neighborhood Concert on July 14th, which is also part of our Crown Jewels of Jazz series to celebrate our 30th anniversary. “said Kathy Wade. , CEO of Learning Through Art. “Together, we are building resilient communities through the arts, and we look forward to welcoming everyone – our neighbors, family and friends – to experience music, fun and community with each other this summer. “
The free concert series is made possible by an anonymous donor in honor of Andrew J. Brady and funds from the City of Cincinnati USA Bailout, administered by ArtsWave. Additional support is provided by Metro and Scott and Charla Weiss.
A master of American musical style, Grammy-nominated conductor John Morris Russell has dedicated himself to redefining the American orchestral experience. In his eleventh year as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the breadth and diversity of his work as a conductor, collaborator and educator continues to invigorate the music scene across Cincinnati and across the continent. . As Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, Russell conducts the prestigious Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and he is also Principal Pop Music Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, following in the footsteps of Marvin Hamlisch and Doc Severinsen. As a guest conductor, he has worked with many of North America’s most distinguished orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Orchestras , Vancouver, Dallas, Detroit. , and Pittsburgh.
With the Cincinnati Pops, Russell has led sold-out Music Hall shows, concerts throughout the region, and national and international tours, including Florida in 2014 and China/Taiwan in 2017. His visionary leadership within the Pops created the “American Originals Project”, which received both critical and public acclaim in two landmark recordings: American Originals (the music of Stephen Foster) as well as American Originals: 1918. In 2020, the American Originals Project continued with King Records and the Cincinnati Sound with Late Soirée with David Letterman’s musical director, Paul Shaffer, celebrating the early days of bluegrass, country, rockabilly, soul and funk immortalized in produced recordings in the queen city. Russell’s other recordings with the Pops include Home for the Holidays, Superheroes, Carnival of the Animals and Voyage. Russell’s recent collaborations with artists around the world include Aretha Franklin, Emanuel Axe, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Common, Garrick Ohlsson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jon Kimura Parker, Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael McDonald, Cho-Liang Lin, Sutton Foster, George Takei, Megan Hilty, Ranky Tanky, Steve Martin, Katharine McPhee, Brian Wilson, Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr.
With a heritage stretching back 127 years, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is considered one of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles. Led by Louis Langrée since 2013, the distinguished list of former CSO music directors includes Leopold Stokowski, Eugène Ysaÿe, Fritz Reiner, Max Rudolf, Jesús López Cobos and Paavo Järvi. Matthias Pintscher is the Orchestra’s creative partner, and previous artistic partners have included Lang Lang, Philip Glass, Branford Marsalis and Jennifer Higdon.
The orchestra also performs as Cincinnati Pops, founded by Erich Kunzel in 1977 and currently conducted by John Morris Russell with Damon Gupton as principal guest conductor. Notable artist collaborations have included Dave Brubeck, Kristin Chenoweth, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Folds, Aretha Franklin, Rhiannon Gidden, Audra McDonald, Smokey Robinson and Lea Salonga. Digital performances and recordings have long been a hallmark of the Cincinnati Pops. The Cincinnati Pops’ national television broadcasts on PBS have been viewed by approximately 30 million people, and American Soundscapes, an online video series produced in partnership with CET Public Television, has surpassed one million views on YouTube since its inception in 2016. The discography is vast and tens of millions of recordings have been sold worldwide over the decades.
Deeply committed to inclusion, relevance, and the enhancement and expansion of opportunities for children in Greater Cincinnati, the Orchestra strives to bring music education, in its many different forms, to audiences as wide as possible. In 2020, the CSO was one of the first American orchestras to create a position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion to ensure the absorption of DE&I best practices in all facets of the organization. The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship, a nationally recognized program in partnership with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, provides graduate-level training with performance and professional development opportunities for young instrumentalists extraordinary string players from historically underrepresented populations in American orchestras. The Orchestra is also an incubator and partner of NIMAN, a consortium of American orchestras, professional musicians and educators, created to address racial inequity in classical music by aligning resources and collaborating to strengthen the trajectory of classical instrumentalists of color at all stages of their pre-career.