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 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.

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.

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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.

Brian O’Donnell welcomes in local musician Tim Goshorn to talk about a benefit concert for the local musician support fund, Play It Forward, to help with the medical expenses for his brother, fellow musican Larry Goshorn.

Maestro is the new documentary featuring a look at the life of a classical music conductor, former Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Paavo Järvi. Director David Donnelly joins Brian O’Donnell with an overview of the project and the ongoing Kickstarter campaign to finance the release of the film.

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Cincinnati’s acclaimed photographer Michael Wilson is in our studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about his long career, some of the many highlights, an exhibit of some of his photos of musicians going on at OTR’s Iris Bookcafé, and his exhibits that will be part of the upcoming Foto Focus.

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There are just a few more Thursday’s left in this summer’s Salsa on the Square dance parties on Fountain Square. Organizer Nicholas Radina stops by the studio to update Brian O’Donnell on the growth of the event and of salsa dancing all around the city.

Play It Forward is a local foundation that helps local musicians in times of need. They are gearing up for their 19th Annual Michael W. Bany Golf Scramble to support their efforts and Brian O’Donnell learns more about Play It Forward, the golf event and its namesake, Michael Bany, from the foundation’s Jim Hunt and Michael’s brother, Mark Bany.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is gearing up for their 2014-15 concert season, so Maestro John Morris Russell paid a visit to our Brian O’Donnell to give a preview of the concerts that will include Disney’s Fantasia, Natalie Cole, Over the Rhine, and legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen.

Possibly a first for Around Cincinnati: our interview with local author and Vietnam veteran Rod Jordan has a surprise ending. His book, Welcome to the Nam, talks about his time in country as a grunt in the Marines and how the death and devastation he witnessed has stuck with him his entire life. Brian O’Donnell talks with the author about why he finally decided to write the book, and sets up the final surprise.

The Cincinnati Pops kick off their 30th summer at Riverbend on Saturday, June 7 with a program called Pops Orchestral Spectacular. Conductor John Morris Russell previews that and the full summer schedule in a conversation with our Brian O’Donnell.

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