Eric Kunzel, longtime conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, died this afternoon.
In the late '80s and early '90s Kunzel and the CPO released several CDs of popular movie music - STAR TRACKS, TIME WARP, STAR TRACKS II, that w3ere bestsellers nationally and internatioonally.
Maestro Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra also had at least TWO Holiday specials broadcast on PBS nationally. One was a Halloween specialk , the other was a Christmas special.
In 1994 I met him one weekend when the Klingon group was invited to be onstage during 3 days of Halloween concerts - and yes we got K'Unzel to wear a Klingon forehead piece for a part of one the concerts. He was incredibly gracvious and nice with those of us there in our Klingon uniforms.
The last concert where I saw him conducting was Masy of 2008 - the guest narrators of the concert were John DeLancie and Robert Picardo.
EDIT: The Wikipedia article on him, just updated:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Kunzel
- Ed C.