Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, died today at the age of 74. One of the icons of orchestral pops in the United States, his talents and his enthusiasm for the art form will be truly missed.

In the video below, Kunzel conducts the National Symphony Orchestra at the U.S. Capitol:

Around the web:

Cincinnati Pops Erich Kunzel Tribute

Erich Kunzel’s website

The Cincinnati Enquirer: Erich Kunzel dies at 74

WKSU: Erich Kunzel, 1935-2009

Updated 9/2/09:

The New York Times: Erich Kunzel, Maestro With an Irreverent Baton, Dies at 74

The Washington Post: Prince of Pops’ Directed Orchestra to Fame

NPR: Pops Conductor Erich Kunzel Dies At 74

NPR, Morning Edition: Renee Montagne talks with Janelle Gelfand, music critic for The Enquirer in Cincinnati about Kunzel’s work

The Plain Dealer: Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops director, dies at 74

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