Brian O'Donnell

Contributor to Around Cincinnati and Host of local special programs

Brian O’Donnell has been sharing his love of music on the radio since the early 1970’s. He is a true public radio renaissance man hosting classical music on 90.9 WGUC weekday mornings; contributing music and arts features for 91.7 WVXU’s Around Cincinnati program; and hosting Saturday Morning with Brian O’D on WNKU. Musicians, artists and community arts leaders regularly stop by to record interviews with Brian— from Jaime Laredo with the Linton Music Series, or J.R. Cassidy from the Northern Kentucky Symphony, to a curator of an exhibit at The Cincinnati Art Museum, or a soloist in town to perform with the CSO, his relaxed style puts everyone at ease and lets their story come through.

Listeners always ask “Do you like getting up that early?” His response, “Yes, I do, but I pay for it in the middle of the day, when I feel like a zombie. I love the early morning, whether I'm at work or not. Being up before almost everyone else gives you a different perspective on the day... and there's a certain solitude about it. It is much different than STAYING up until the wee hours, and I've done my share of that, as well.”

Ways to Connect

The Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition will host its annual Clavinova Connection fundraiser on April 25 at the Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill.

After 25 years of almost constant touring, local favorites Over the Rhine are going to stay home a bit more and bring the music there.

I Wish I Could Fly is the new CD from Cincinnati music legend Larry Goshorn.

Guitarist Jeffrey Seeman has teamed with Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman for a new CD, Everything in Between, and the release party will take place December 19 at Live at the Ludlow Garage.

Combine bluegrass music, beer, great food and Sawyer Point on a Saturday in September and you have Bluegrass for Babies, a fund raising event from the Healthy Roots Foundation to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The inaugural Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Summermusik Festival will feature a performance by the local gypsy jazz band The Faux Frenchmen on August 29.

Tough Mudder, an obstacle course challenge that is the ultimate test of strength, grit, stamina and teamwork happens June 27 and 28 at the Kentucky Speedway.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has a busy summer ahead with concerts at the Taft Theatre, Miami Whitewater Forest and Riverbend, and guests like Seth McFarland and Aoife O’Donovan.

The 2015 MidWest Fleadh Cheoil (“feast of music”) is coming to Cincinnati, bringing 500 Irish singers, dancers, fans and friends. The Riley School of Irish Music’s Daniel Curtain and Amy Bogard join Brian O’Donnell to preview the big weekend.

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