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SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS, The Ohio Valley Symphony

231104 Concert Poster featuring Carl Topilow and Shana SmithNovember 4, 2023
at 7:30 p.m.
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Carl Topilow was such a hit when he appeared with The Ohio Valley Symphony a couple years ago that he is back by popular demand in a Salute to Our Veterans.  Local singer/songwriter Shana Smith will join for a few songs.  The only question – which color clarinet will Carl choose to play?Ohio Arts Council Logo

Carl Topilow, conductor
Carl Topilow is delighted to be returning to work again with the Ohio Valley Symphony!  Founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, his eclectic programs have been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. He enjoys a dual career as both conductor and clarinetist, often finding an occasion to perform a selection with the Pops on one of his brightly colored clarinets.

Carl is also conductor of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, based in Sandusky, OH, and Conductor Laureate of the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer festival in Breckenridge, CO. He was named Faculty Emeritus after 37 years as Conductor and Director of the Orchestral Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has served as principal pops conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Topilow has performed as guest conductor with 128 different orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries.

Topilow’s wife Shirley is President and CEO of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Their daughter Emily is a marketing associate with the Cleveland Clinic, and their daughter Jenny is a violinist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Carl’s new book, The Orchestral Conductor’s Career Handbook, published by Rowman and Littlefield, is now available through and

Shana Smith, vocalist
Shana Smith is a country singer and songwriter who has called southern Ohio her home for the better part of a decade. Shana is a Nashville recording artist and has performed with many of the best musicians and artists in Nashville and throughout the region. She was inducted into the Wheeling Jamboree as an artist member in 2014 and is a member of the Country Music Association.
Shana continues to write and perform and has released several independent albums including The Heart of Happiness, available on Apple and Amazon Music.

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America the Beautiful

American Frontier

Armed Forces Medley


Festival Overture


American Salute

Suite from Glory

March from Midway

March from  “1941”

Theme from The Patriot

God Bless the USA

Liberty Bell March

National Guard March

Minuet Militaire

Victory at Sea

Stars and Stripes


arr. Hayman

arr. Lowden

Benny Goodman


Glenn Miller

Morton Gould


John Williams

John Williams

John Williams




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