Catching up with Dayton Philharmonic concertmaster Hung

Posted on: April 27, 2011

In Sunday’s (4/24) Dayton Daily News (Ohio), Terry Morris writes, “Some of Jessica Hung’s musical priorities will be on display April 28, when the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra showcases her in a special recital. Pianist Joshua Nemith and principal horn player Robert Johnson will assist on a program with music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and black American composer David Baker. Born in Kankakee, Ill., to Taiwanese parents, Hung made her solo concert debut in Chicago at age 12 and has continued to excel. At, 24, the graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music is in her third year as concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.” Morris asks Hung eight questions to help fans get to know her. The role of concertmaster, Hung says, is “As a liaison between the conductor and the orchestra, the aim is to stay in synch with or even anticipate the conductor’s wishes during a concert, especially in regards to tempo and dynamic (volume) fluctuations. The concertmaster, in turn, gives cues to the string section and the orchestra as a whole, and ideally serves as a trustworthy role model for his or her colleagues in successfully turning a conductor’s silent beats and movements into audible music.”

Posted April 27, 2011