Maestro Picks – Jung-Ho Pak’s Music Selections – Week 6

Artistic Director and Conductor for the Cape Symphony Jung-Ho Pak has worked with world class artists like Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor, and has conducted orchestras around the world.

He thinks that every person deserves a chance at experiencing beauty and joy. He thinks that a symphony can be as loved as a pennant winning baseball team, as customer oriented as a first class hotel, as fun as a giant amusement park, and as entrepreneurial as a high tech, start-up company. And he thinks that audiences want one thing: to experience something unforgettable.

Have you ever wondered what a Maestro listens to to prepare for upcoming performances? Jung-Ho Pak has shared some of his picks for his upcoming performances!

Maestro Pick:

The music of Frederic Chopin, Performed by Pianist Maurizio Pollini

I think there are three composers that are almost impossible to get right. Bach, Brahms and Chopin. It takes a special person to say something important and say it naturally. Pollini has that gift of balance. Having won the Chopin Piano Competition in 1960, he was one of the few champions to go onto a legendary career. Here, this rare film clip shows him at the early part of his success.

Maestro Pick:

My Guitar Gently Weeps

Ukulele Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs this George Harrison tune. Over 14 million views. Now that’s viral. How is it that a simple folk instrument from Hawaii can be one of the biggest hits on YouTube? Watch, and hopefully you’ll learn about the amazing journey of this young man.

Maestro Pick:

The Go-Go’s Live 1981

Influenced by the hyper post punk era beat and merged with the DaDa-esque sound of groups like the B-52s, this all female band had a strong run. The escapism of the disco music of the 70’s found a new ambassador with the fun party music of the Go-Gos. There certainly have been other “girl bands” and more important female performer/songwriters, but this group broke new ground commercially. Born out of the fertile influences of Los Angeles in the early 80’s, they crossed over into pop music with a tongue in cheek image that helped them reach much broader audiences. Here’s a great video from a live performance just when everything was exploding for them.

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