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Conductor Erich Kunzel Has Cancer

Posted at 1:17 AM on May 5, 2009 by Gillian Martin

Erich Kunzel, long-time conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, was diagnosed with cancer last week. He plans to work chemotherapy in around his very busy summer schedule:

Kunzel said he knows it is important to remain positive, and that his doctors had told him a good mental outlook and a strong body will help his immune system fight the cancer.

"So, given that, I'll stay as active and strong as possible, and that's what I'm going to do. I've taken nothing off my calendar. It's just been two days, God knows, but I'm full blast ahead," he said.

Read more about his career and his condition here.