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

With a move to spring this year, the Constella Festival of Music & Fine Arts is ready to kick off its fourth year with a schedule of special guests and unique performances. Joining our Brian O’Donnell is Constella’s founder and artistic director, Tatiana Berman.

Cincinnati CityBeat

Cincinnati Camerata, a local choral group, will join with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble on March 29 for the local premiere of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Passion according to St. John) at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park. Dr. Brett Scott, director of Cincinnati Camerata and professor in CCM Choral Department talks with Brian O’Donnell about this concert and the history of his group.

A special free concert is happening on Tuesday, February 24 at the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at UC’s College - Conservatory of Music – the Academy Wind Quintet from the West Point Academy Band will perform. Brian O’Donnell learns more about this group and the upcoming performance from Sergeant First Class Matthew B. Smith, a hornist with the quintet.

Acclaimed local musician Chris Arduser is in the studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about his new, and uniquely titled, CD – Flibbertigibbet.

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