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!”

"Go West, Pioneer" - A Look Back

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…)

AMB Heading Out West!

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!

Annie Moses Band Wraps Filming on New Music Video

September 21, 2012 - With the upcoming release of their new album, Pilgrims & Prodigals, on the horizon, the Annie Moses Band wrapped filming on the new music video for their first single, "Blush". Directed by award winning filmmaker, David Kiern, the music video for "Blush" is set inside the glamorous Rippavilla Plantation, a historic mansion infamous for its ghosts. "We shot the music video from sunset to pre-dawn," says Annie, the Band's lead singer. "It was a little spooky, but also magical. The mansion at night is a beautiful place to capture on film." The historic setting provided the perfect backdrop for the radio single which marries a nostalgic message to a modern edge. The song "Blush" was inspired by a quote. "I read this phrase 'they've forgotten how to blush', and the poetry of it hit me," said Ben, the Band's cellist. "I thought, "Wow. Doesn't that describe the magazine racks in the checkout line?" After he shared the idea with the rest of the group, the Band's lyricist, Robin, with the help of her husband, Bill, crafted a song that married nostalgic images to a modern aesthetic. "Blush questions our culture's cynicism and speaks a timeless truth with powerful relevance," says Annie. "It's a song that yearns for a return to the beauty and dignity of innocence."

Annie Moses Band Poised to Release New Album, Pilgrims & Prodigals

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On September 25th, Annie Moses Band will release a new concept album a decade in the making: Pilgrims & Prodigals, a two-disc CD/DVD package that explores the timeless theme of roaming and redemption. With breathtaking instrumental virtuosity and shimmering layered vocals, Pilgrims & Prodigals features 13 diverse tracks that blend the captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure. Eight songs on the album were written or co-written by members of the group. Five other tunes receive inventive re-imaginings that bring fresh new seasonings to familiar standards like “Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim” and “Girl of Constant Sorrow.” “Pilgrims & Prodigals is based on the idea that everyone in the world is going somewhere,” observes Alex Wolaver, who for the first time shares lead vocalist duties with his sister Annie. “We’re all on a personal journey. We are all either someone who’s finding our way back home or we’re someone who’s running away from home. Every song on this album tells one of those two stories.”

Recorded in the heart of Music City, Nashville, TN., Alex teamed up with award-winning producer Michael Omartian (Christopher Cross, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant,) to produce the new project that was originally imagined nearly a decade ago. Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed and distributed in partnership with Dream Journey, the television production company behind the many highly-popular Public Television Specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the CD plus a companion DVD showcasing the Annie Moses Band performing the entire album in concert.

“Video is very important to us, because what we do as the Annie Moses Band is very visual,” explains Annie. “By including the live concert DVD with the album, people can see us performing and playing each song on the album.” The band will be seen on PBS stations around the U.S. starting in October for their brand new Pilgrims & Prodigals Public Television concert that will air throughout the fall. The two disc set will be available in stores nationwide.

Annie Moses Band Launches the Pilgrims & Prodigals Tour

Launching September 14 in Corbin, KY, the Annie Moses Band will be touring their new album, Pilgrims & Prodigals, visiting 20 cities across the United States through November 25 in support of the highly anticipated new release on September 25, 2012. The Pilgrims & Prodigals Tour will visit major markets including Dallas, St. Louis, Miami and Nashville (see complete list of tour dates below). In conjunction with the tour and album, the Annie Moses Band will be performing songs featured on their upcoming Public Television Special of the same name. The special programming airs on PBS stations across the country beginning in October with continual airdates throughout the season.

Annie Moses Band’s 12th studio project to date, Pilgrims & Prodigals is the first non-seasonal release from the prestigious group. On their new collection the family act developed 13 diverse tracks blending the captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure. Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed and distributed in partnership with Dream Journey, the television production company behind the many highly-popular Public Television Specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the CD plus a companion DVD showcasing the bands live performances.

For more information on tour dates, check out the Band's itinerary.