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April 28 concert at DAI features DPO’s Concertmaster and principal musicians Robert Johnson and Joshua Nemith

DAYTON, OH (April 14, 2011) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present a special recital by its concertmaster, Jessica Hung, with assisting musicians Joshua Nemith, piano and Robert Johnson, horn, on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the NCR Renaissance Auditorium of the Dayton Art Institute.   Nemith and Johnson are both principal musicians with the DPO. 

The recital will offer a varied program featuring music from the Baroque, Romantic, and Modern eras. Music from the “Three B’s” - Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms – will be performed, with a fourth B coming from African-American composer David Baker.  The complete program will be J.S. Bach’s Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2; Baker’s Blues, for Violin and Piano; Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 in G Major; and, with Mr. Johnson, the Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano in E Flat Major by Johannes Brahms.

Tickets for the April 28 concert are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at  


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.
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.

Jessica gave her solo concerto debut with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra at age twelve. She has since appeared as a soloist with the University of Chicago Chamber and Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestras. For five consecutive seasons, Jessica had a special relationship with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra: she held the unique title of Resident Soloist and appeared annually on subscription programs featuring works from the Romantic violin concerto repertoire.

Jessica’s prizes include the Northwestern University Thaviu String Competition, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Scholarship Auditions, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Feinberg Youth Auditions. She studied viola with Helen Callus of the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taken first place at the Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition. Jessica performed in master classes for Gil Shaham, Ruggiero Ricci, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks, Malcolm Lowe, Atar Arad, Bruno Pasquier, Lars Anders Tomter, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Takács and Tokyo Quartets.

Born in Kankakee, Illinois, to Taiwanese parents, Jessica grew up in the Chicago area and resides in Dayton with her two cats, Nikki and Aeneas.

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 recently earned the Principal Keyboard position of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in May of 2007. He is also the principal keyboardist with the IRIS 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 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.

Dr. Nemith is an occasional composer, who enjoys writing when he is not preparing performances. He has written for piano, piano and voice, four-hands piano, flute and organ, two piccolos, tuba and trombone, and brass quintet; he has also produced electronic works.

About Robert Johnson
With his beautiful sound and heartfelt musicianship, hornist Robert Johnson has established himself as an outstanding artist with a highly promising future. Mr. Johnson's performances are marked by an impressive command of his difficult instrument, and his ability to utilize a wide array of sounds and colors position him at the forefront of the next generation of great hornists. A graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, he studied with Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony, International Soloist, and renowned pedagogue William VerMeulen.

In constant demand as a performer, the 2009-2010 concert season marks Mr. Johnson's busiest to date with solo, chamber, and orchestral performances in cities and venues across the globe. In May of 2009, he was appointed Principal Horn of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, where he will perform the great symphonic classics with esteemed colleagues under the direction of Maestro Neal Gittleman in the beautiful and acoustically superb Schuster Center. Prior to his appointment in Dayton, Mr. Johnson completed a single season with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, where he holds the distinct honor of being the only hornist in its history to perform the Second Horn Concerto of Richard Strauss with the orchestra. He was also Fourth Horn of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Pops, where he performed the soundtrack from ABC’s LOST for DVD release with Michael Giacchino conducting.

Mr. Johnson spends his summers performing orchestral, solo, and chamber music concerts at the Aspen, Cascade, Sarasota, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, as well as the American Institute of Musical Studies, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and the Perlman Music Program in both Shelter Island, NY and Sarasota, FL. Upcoming and recent engagements include concerts with the Cincinnati Pops, the Nashville String Machine Studio Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and Grand Opera, the San Antonio Symphony, the IRIS Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as solo engagements in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, New York and with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Johnson remains steadfast to his commitment to serving the community through his musical gifts and has played dozens of concerts for thousands of children and nursing home patients in the Cincinnati, Honolulu, Houston, Miami, and San Antonio areas. He is also a published author and photographer, contributing to the International Horn Society's Horn Call Magazine, the Houston Symphony Magazine, and Colorado's Strings in the Mountains Festival. Mr. Johnson plays on horns built by Keith Berg of Canada, Paxman of London, and Junwirt of Vienna.

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.

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