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Renowned Maestro Jung Ho Pak To Conduct the Fine Arts Summer Academy

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!”

“Rhapsody In Bluegrass” Marks FASA’s Opry House Debut

The excitement generated by the 2013 Fine Arts Summer Academy is still reverberating.  FASA’s debut at the Grand Ole Opry House signaled a new era for the Academy, capping off ten years of enormous growth.  2013 has been the best year yet, joining 300+ students and faculty from all over the United States and beyond for a 2-week-long extravaganza culminating in the spectacular gala show Rhapsody in Bluegrass at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Coming alongside FASA in this awesome journey was Grammy-award-winner Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station, performing the bluegrass single ‘Ivy’ from  his new album ‘Walking Song’.   Jimmy Wayne closed out Rhapsody in Bluegrass with his heart-warming, powerful testimonial, ’How Jesus Felt’ and  the Summer Pops Symphony & Chorus, directed by Maestro Kyunghun Kim of Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, poured heart and hard-earned skill into a genre bending presentation that spanned Hank Williams to Dvorak.  One audience member said it best: “I just witnessed a miracle.”  The 2013 Rhapsody in Bluegrass Gala was an incredible moment that none of us will forget.

Thanks to the outstanding work of our live film crew, the magic of Rhapsody in Bluegrass is available on DVD! Just call 615.656.5739 and relive FASA’s Opry debut.  Also check out FASA 2014 dates and info at http://www.fineartssummeracademy.com!