Category: Features

A few of their favorite things …

The year 2021 has been one of mixed blessings – greater freedoms and safety tempered by fits and starts and continued uncertainty. Still, there were things to relish and things to be grateful for, and we asked some of those featured recently in M&M to share their “favorite things” about Our Fair City from the past year.

Passing the baton: New conductors in Cincinnati’s changing choral scene

Over the past three years, it seems that there have been more than the usual number of notable leadership changes among Greater Cincinnati choral groups. Some shifts were driven by retirements. Others came about as directors departed for new positions. And some were propelled by the uncertainty that has upended nearly every aspect of life during the past two years.

Cincinnati Pops’ John Morris Russell makes a case for the ‘good stuff’

Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell

Most stories about John Morris Russell spend lots of time discussing his showmanship, his brash, cheerleader-ish onstage persona as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – the guy one of his former colleagues described as “a wind-up toy” that never runs down. But this is a story about a more contemplative JMR, as he has become known over his 20 years in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra organization.

Un(re)tiring

Carole and Ed Rigaud

Eight Cincinnati community leaders on living an active, purpose-driven life: Carole and Ed Rigaud on success and happiness for all; for Kitty and Dick Rosenthal stagnation is not an option; Susan and John Tew on good health of mind and body; Barbara and Larry Kellar on the value of hard work.