Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Kicks Off A Brand New Season With “Fantasia”


Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Presented by PNC
John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Music Hall
8 p.m. Friday, September 5, 8 p.m. Saturday, September 6
, 2 p.m. Sunday, September 7
Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling: (513) 381-3300 or visiting,
Kids’ tickets are just $10 for all three performances.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will begin the 2014-2015 season at Music Hall with the family-friendly Disney Fantasia Live in Concert on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at 8 pm and Sunday, September 7 at 2 pm. Conductor John Morris Russell will usher the Pops 2014-2015 season with the timeless music of Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy, the Suite from The Nutcracker and selections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 &6. During the performance, footage from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will be displayed in high definition above the stage.

Accompanying the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, pianist Michael Chertock will be performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Tickets for this concert start at $25 are still available and can be purchased via the Pops Box office by calling (513) 381-3300 or visiting Kids’ tickets are just $10 for all three performances.

The Cincinnati Pops is grateful to the Pops series sponsor, PNC and the Pops Opening Concert Sponsor is The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. The media partner for this performance is radio station Warm 98, and the ArtsWave partner company is Proctor & Gamble.

Michael Chertock made his debut at the age of 17, performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with conductor Andrew Litton. He has collaborated with noted conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo, Keith Lockhart, Erich Kunzel and Bob Bernhardt.

Chertock has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Naples and Indianapolis, among others. His 2003 performance on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Petrouchka with Paavo Järvi turned in rave reviews in Gramophone and American Record Guide. Chertock made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, performing Duke Ellington’s New World A’Comin’.

In 1994, Chertock released his first CD on the Telarc label, a collection of his original arrangements of music from movies entitled Cinematic Piano. Since then, he has recorded three more discs one the Telarc label.

Chertock has garnered numerous awards at major competitions, among them top prizes in the 1989 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (Brahms Division,) the 1993 St. Charles International Piano Competition, and 1991 World Piano Competition of the American Music Scholarship Association. Chertock currently serves as chair of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.