His vision at The Cincinnati Pops has created the “American Originals Project,” which has garnered both critical and popular acclaim on two landmark recordings: “American Originals” (the music of Stephen Foster) and “American Originals: 1918” (a tribute to the beginnings of the jazz age).
With the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Russell leads sold-out performances at Music Hall, concerts throughout the region, as well as domestic and international tours — including Florida in 2014 and China/Taiwan in 2017. He returned to China in January 2019 to conduct concerts with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra.
Russell has contributed six CDs to The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s recorded legacy, including “Voyage,” which was released in July 2019. The project debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Charts.
As part of Celebrating Self, attendees will have a catered lunch, and will hear from Conductor Russell in an up-close and intimate setting. After his talk, there will be a time for a Q&A with guests.
Other upcoming guests for “Celebrating Self” in 2020 include Steve Timmer, director, Hamilton Parks Conservancy on Wednesday, Feb. 5; Candace McGraw, CEO of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport on Wednesday, March 4; and Tisha Livingston, president of 80 Acres Farms on Wednesday, April 1.
HOW TO GO
What: "Celebrating Self" luncheon series featuring conductor John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
When: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Carruthers Signature Ballroom, The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton
Cost: $18 for members; $23 for non-members. Tickets are available advance at the Fitton Center, or online. Limited tickets are offered at the door the day of the event, if available.
More info: www.fittoncenter.org or (513) 863-8873 ext. 110.