Cincinnati Pops Kicks Off New Season at Newly Renovated Music Hall with all-John Williams Concert Program OCT 13-15



Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Presented by PNC
John Morris Russell, conductor
Music Hall
8 p.m. Friday, October 13, 8 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m. Sunday, October 15
Tickets start at $25 ($15 for kids) and are available by calling (513) 381-3300 or visiting

Conductor John Morris Russell conducts the Cincinnati Pops Opening Weekend at the newly renovated Music Hall on October 13-15. The concert program celebrates the legendary film music of composer John Williams. His scores from such films as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones have engrained themselves into the American musical experience.

These works demonstrate the full strength and warmth of the Pops while painting the action and emotion of the films for which they were written. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under Music Director Louis Langrée, opened Music Hall following a $143 million renovation on Oct. 6-7 to critical and popular acclaim, and these Pops performances on Oct. 13-15 represent the opening of the Pops season at Music Hall. This program will feature a world premiere of unpublished work by John Williams, a rarity for any orchestra. The premiere is of the famous theme from Schindler’s List, adapted for orchestra and solo cello. This beloved theme was originally written for violin and orchestra. While Mr. Williams wrote the cello adaptation several years ago, it was set aside and never performed. These concerts will be the world premiere of this work, and will feature the Pops’ principal cellist, Ilya Finkelsteyn. The Pops is honored to have the opportunity to perform this piece before any other ensemble.

“This building, our Music Hall, has nurtured some of the most significant musical performances in our nation’s history, and as we re-open Cincinnati’s musical treasure with the Pops, we pop the cork on a new era of musical splendor with works by America’s greatest cinematic composer: John Williams,” said Mr. Russell. “It’s hard to put into words the thrilling anticipation, honor and sheer delight we are all feeling about filling
this grand space with the brilliant virtuosity of the Pops during these extraordinarily special concerts. There is no better way to show off the new acoustical resplendence of our home than with the some of the most dazzling and ardently emotive film scores ever created,” he said.

Tickets for this concert start at just $25 for adults and $15 for kids and are available by calling the Pops Box Office at (513) 381-3300 or visiting

The Cincinnati Pops is grateful to the Pops Series Sponsor, PNC. Major underwriting for the Pops is provided by Mrs. Edyth B. Lindner. The Encore Sponsor for these concerts is Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis; the Concert Sponsor is Messer Construction Co.; the Artist Sponsor is Clark Schaeffer Hackett.

Pop! The Cork on Opening Night
Prior to the opening concert on Friday, Oct. 13 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), audience members are invited to join Mr. Russell and other fans in the Music Hall Grand Foyer for an opening night celebration, Pop! The Cork on Opening Night. Dinner by the bite, cocktails by Molly Wellmann and music from the Poptet (aka the Pops rhythm section) provide a celebratory atmosphere as the Pops returns home to Music Hall. Celebration and concert tickets sold separately. Visit for tickets to this special event.