Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,founded 1895; the Cincinnati Orchestra (est. 1872) formed the nucleus of the orchestra. Since 1896 its concerts have been held in the 3,516-seat Springer Auditorium at the Music Hall (built 1878) in downtown Cincinnati. Conducted by Frank Van der Stucken from its founding until 1907, it was led by Leopold StokowskiStokowski, Leopold
, 1882–1977, American conductor, b. London. Stokowski studied in England and at the Paris Conservatory. He was organist and choirmaster at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City (1905–8), and was conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony
..... Click the link for more information. from 1909 to 1912. Fritz ReinerReiner, Fritz
, 1888–1963, American conductor, b. Budapest. After serving as conductor of the People's Opera in Budapest (1911–14) and the Court Opera in Dresden (1914–21), he came (1922) to the United States as conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony
..... Click the link for more information. was music director from 1922 to 1931 when he was succeeded by Eugene Goosens, who held the podium until 1947. Later conductors included Max Rudolf (1958–70), Thomas Schippers (1970–77), and Jesús López-Cobos (1986–2001). Paarvo Järva became music director in 2001. The orchestra also has a summer season and Pops concerts, conducted by Erich Kunzel since 1977, at Cincinnati's outdoor Riverbend Music Center.