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Erich Kunzel, who had a long association with the Indianapolis Symphony has died due to pancreatic cancer. The following is from an email sent by the ISO's Jessica Di Santo...

Erich Kunzel passed away this morning. Details are coming out of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

And, here's a statement from Simon Crookall:

The musicians, staff and board of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra were deeply saddened by the news of Maestro Erich Kunzel's death. Erich made his first appearance with the ISO in 1977, and as our first-ever Pops Music Director (1982-2002), Erich was instrumental in the successful expansion of the series. Our prayers are with his family, his friends and our colleagues at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. —Simon Crookall, president and CEO

AND - Jack Everly will step in to conduct the Cincinnati Pops season opener next weekend. Here is what Cincinnati is saying on its web site:

Honoring Maestro Kunzel's wishes, the Cincinnati Pops will move forward and present the concerts Erich Kunzel was scheduled to conduct during the 2009-2010 season, including the season opening performances on September 11, 12 and 13. Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore symphony orchestras, has graciously agreed to step in and conduct Maestro Kunzel's concert program paying tribute to composer John Williams. Call 513.381.3300 for more information.

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