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(Hamilton, OH) - The masterful musicians of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra dazzled the Fitton Center with its recent Poptet performance.

If the difference between a pops orchestra and a symphony orchestra is its rhythm section, then the Poptet proved on February 17 why the Cincinnati Pops is one of the best in the world.

The five-member combo not only turned classical into jazz, mashed up Bach and The Beatles and roared through blues and boogie-woogie tunes, but also made an oboe a lead instrument, let an electric bass carry melody and introduced the audience to the exceptionally versatile EWI (electronic wind instrument).

The setlist not only highlighted different instruments, but also a range of musical genres.


It Don’t Mean a Thing (Duke Ellington) I Love Being Here With You (Peggy Lee)

Shaker Tune (Aaron Copland) Picnic Suite (Claude Bowling)

Piano Prelude (George Gershwin)

Pavane (Gabriel Faure)

Norwegian Wood (The Beatles)

I Will (The Beatles)

It Had Better Be Tonight (Henry Mancini)


ACT II  St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy) Jimmy Bryant’s Boogie

Cool (Leonard Bernstein)

Icarus (Ralph Towner/Paul Winter Consort)

Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder) What the Word Needs Now (Burt Bacharach)

ENCORE September (Earth, Wind and Fire)

Please enjoy some photos from the evening in the gallery below.

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