World renowned Maestro Jung Ho Pak of Los Angeles will be joining the Fine Arts Summer Academy as the conductor for this year’s Gala performance at the Grand Ole Opry!
The Cape Cod Times calls him the “Electricity Conductor.” The New York Times says he “radiates enthusiasm,” and the Los Angeles Times describes him as “a real grabber.” And that suits Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, just fine. He firmly believes the orchestra doesn’t exist to simply play notes, but to “grab souls.”
This desire to create a “passionate synergy” between himself and the orchestra has earned him a reputation as a revolutionary thinker in the world of classical music. His mission is to inspire and entertain all generations—onstage and off.
As a passionate advocate for arts in education, he is dedicated to making classical music more accessible to the younger generation. He was drawn to the Cape because of the orchestra’s talent, courage and resources. He was compelled to come because the musicians, staff and board here share his educational dreams.
In addition to his role with the CCSO, Pak currently leads Orchestra Nova San Diego, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Summer Orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is also music director emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
He has been the music director at the San Diego Symphony, University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of California, Berkeley. For eight years, he served as the principal conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and has been on national television (60 Minutes, Disney Channel) and radio (NPR) for many years. As a Guest Conductor for a variety of well-known orchestras, he has travelled to Europe, the Soviet Union, South America and Asia.
While he’s crazy about the Classics, there’s more than Bach and Beethoven on this conductor’s iPod. His tastes are encompassing and eclectic. His favorite piece is “whatever I’m listening to or conducting that moment!”
Annie Moses Band closed out our winter season with a three week tour of the Mountain West and Southern California. Exchanging the Jekyll/Hyde weather of Tennessee for the sunny climes of Los Angeles was, needless to say, a big hit with the crew.
The trek started off in Oklahoma where the Band encountered a ferocious blizzard. With visibility close to zero, we managed to squeak in for a Sunday morning performance. Thankfully, the good company and hospitality of the folks at Ray of Hope Church in Comanche, OK, made us feel welcome in the midst of nature’s fury.
The skies were clearer out West. Several days in Sedona, AZ, surrounded by breathtaking vistas, sparked songwriting, exploration and allowed us some much needed rest. A short drive to Phoenix, AZ, brought us to one of the highlights of the trip: a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments.
These musical instrument exhibits are the largest in the world. A handy headset allows you to enter into the sights and sounds of cultures from all over. You will discover many things: among them, that dance grooves are universal, and that plucked instruments are far more popular than bowed ones (time to bring AMB overseas!).
A pivot to Flagstaff, and then our caravan headed for Southern Cal. After a performance at the beautiful chapel in Loma Linda, we began a five day marathon, interacting with young public students throughout the LA area. Thanks to the excellent work of the Carpenter Center, we not only invested in the lives of dozens of young students, but performed great show in a pristine night under the stars.
Well, fast forward: the drive back took us south to Tucson (beautiful town!) and through the deserts of West Texas. Two concerts later (thanks, Snyder and Longview!) we headed for Nashville, a full three weeks after departing for the West.
One thing’s for sure: a four day journey sure beats a year long one! (read your history…)
Over the next three weeks, the AMB will be touring through Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and California. The music strikes up in Comanche OK and plays through Phoenix, Flagstaff, Inglewood CA, La Jolla, Long Beach, North Loma Linda, Tucson AZ, Snyder TX and closes out in Longview. Be sure and check out the Tour page for more info on where, when, and how to get there. See you on the other side of the Rockies!
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“God’s doesn’t give you what you want!” my friend said, as I followed her through the department store. “He gives you what you need.”
I’m sure she meant well, but we were Christmas shopping. How irritating! Her comment conjured up a dreary image of God scouring heaven for a dull, sensible gift—perhaps a trash can or some shoe polish.
As we rummaged through the racks, a vintage Christmas song began to play: “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” I nudged my friend playfully. “Maybe that little girl should be singing, “All I need for Christmas is my two front teeth.”