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Demirjian Chamber Series concerts will feature works by Mozart, Bartók, and Strauss


DAYTON OH (May 12, 2010) –The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2009-2010 Demirjian Chamber Exploration Series will conclude on Wednesday evening, May 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm and on Thursday morning, May 27, 2010 at 10:00 am with concerts at the Schuster Center featuring the DPO’s Concertmaster, Jessica Hung, in recital in a varied program featuring contrasting works from the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.

Joining Ms. Hung for the performances will be DPO colleagues Joshua Nemith, pianist and principal keyboardist and John Kurokawa, principal clarinetist.   The program will be Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major; Bartók’s Contrasts, for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano; and the Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major by Richard Strauss.  

Free pre-concert refreshments include pizza appetizers provided by sponsor Boston’s Bistro at the Gypsy for the Wednesday 6:30 pm performance and complimentary coffee and donuts provided by sponsors Boston Stoker and Mercy Siena Retirement Community and tea provided by Basically British for the Thursday 10:00 am performance.

Tickets for the concerts range from $10 - $24 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

Dr. Charles and Patricia Demirjian are the Chamber Explorations Series sponsors.


About Jessica Hung
At age 24, violinist Jessica Hung has already established herself as a rising young artist in the American orchestral world. Her appointment in 2008 as Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is a first career milestone for the Cleveland Institute of Music graduate. However, Jessica is no stranger to the leadership role of first-chair fiddle: she previously held the same title with the Annapolis, Chicago Civic, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestras, as well as the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She is also a substitute violinist for The Cleveland Orchestra and the Baltimore and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras.

In a successful first season in Dayton, Jessica made her solo debut with the DPO under Music Director Neal Gittleman, performing Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Highlights of the 2009-10 season include performances of Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 on the DPO Classical series, Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 3 with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and solo and chamber recitals on the DPO Chamber series.

An active teacher, Jessica joined the violin faculty at the University of Dayton in fall 2009, forging a vital link in the community between the Philharmonic and the University. She also mentors high school students in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Centerville Schools Orchestra Program, coaching string sectionals and master classes. Jessica has served on the strings faculty of the Piano Preparatory School in Beavercreek and maintains a private studio of both violin and viola students.

Jessica’s appointments in Dayton came on the heels of intensive training with William Preucil, Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Stephen Rose, Principal Second Violin. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She began her undergraduate education at Northwestern University, where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro.  

About Joshua Nemith
Pianist Joshua S. Nemith has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral keyboardist. Dr. Nemith assumed the position of Principal Keyboardist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in May of 2007. He is also the principal keyboardist with the IRIS chamber orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, under the direction of conductor Michael Stern.

He completed his doctorate in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June of 2004. Dr. Nemith has recorded new chamber and orchestral works with many groups, including the CCM Wind Symphony, New World Symphony, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic.

Dr. Nemith performs regularly at professional venues in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas and has been the accompanist/organist at St. John’s Westminster Union Church in Cincinnati since 2002. He is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and the Eastman School of Music and has held fellowship positions with the New World Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival. His teachers include James Tocco, Nancy Garrett, Fernando Laires, and David Burge.
In addition to his performance activities, Dr. Nemith has made music education an important part of his career. He has held several teaching appointments at UC-CCM where he has been an adjunct instructor in the Composition, Theory, and Musicology Division and the Keyboard Studies Division in recent years. He also maintains a private teaching studio at the Slater Music Academy in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

About John Kurokawa
John Kurokawa currently serves as the principal clarinetist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 1995. A former student of Edward Marks and Ronald de Kant, he holds degrees in woodwind performance from Bowling Green State University (specializing in clarinet, flute, and saxophone) and clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Kurokawa has been a featured soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, performing the concertos of John Adams and Mozart. He has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and participated in the orchestra’s recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. He is also the principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and spends the latter part of his summers performing in the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his performing, Kurokawa also maintains a busy teaching schedule. He is on the adjunct faculty of the University of Dayton Department of Music, where he teaches applied clarinet, chamber music, and clarinet pedagogy. He also maintains private studios at the Glendale Academy of Music and Lakota West High School. He participates in several chamber music ensembles, including the Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and the award-winning Prestige Clarinet Quartet, which has been a featured ensemble at both the International Clarinet Association Conference and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

Performance Place at the Schuster Center~109 North Main Street, Suite 200~Dayton, Ohio 45402

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