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1st program in 11-12 Symphony Sundaes Series Nov 13 features Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with soloists Jessica Hung, Andra Padrichelli, and Joshua Nemith


DAYTON, OH (October 31, 2011) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the first concert in the 2011-2012 edition of the Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series presented by One Call Now with a performance on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Scottish Rite Auditorium of the Dayton Masonic Center.  Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.

The 11-12 Symphony Series will celebrate the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, with a major Beethoven work on each of the four concerts.   The November 13 concert will include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with soloists Jessica Hung, Concertmaster of the DPO; Andra Padrichelli, Principal Cellist of the DPO; and Joshua Nemith, Principal Keyboardist of the DPO.  Also on the program: the Orchestra Suite No. 1 in C Major by Johann Sebastian Bach.  

The Symphony Sundaes concerts were designed to add a new, family-friendly series to the DPO’s annual lineup.  With individual concert tickets starting at $14, the series brings the DPO and conductor Neal Gittleman to the intimate space of the Scottish Rite Auditorium at the Masonic Center to perform works from the great classical masters. The programs are performed without intermission and last about 85 minutes each.   

There’s plenty of free parking available, and each concert is followed by an ice cream social with the musicians, featuring a complimentary scoop of Graeter’s ice cream for each concertgoer.  Other concerts in this year’s series will be held on January 22, February 19, and April 1, 2012.  

Single tickets for the concert of November 13 range from $14 to $24 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at  

The presenting sponsor of the 2011-2012 Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series is One Call Now.



About Jessica Hung
At age 25, violinist Jessica Hung has already established herself as a rising young artist in the American orchestral world. Since 2008, she has served as Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. However, Jessica was 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 has also performed as a substitute violinist with the major orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Milwaukee.

Jessica’s upcoming solo engagements during the DPO’s 2011-12 season include performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto on the Symphony Sundaes series on November 13, with fellow Principals Joshua Nemith, piano, and Andra Padrichelli, cello; Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen on New Year’s Eve; a special event recital with pianist Zsolt Bognár at the Dayton Art Institute on January 26; and the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 in G minor on the Classical series, April 12 and 14.

An active teacher, Jessica has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton and maintains a home studio of private violin students. She has been an instructor for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Centerville Schools Orchestra Program, and the Piano Preparatory School in Beavercreek. Jessica has also adjudicated for competitions including the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Chamber Music Yellow Springs.

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’s passion for orchestral music-making was evident in her student days, when she attended such prestigious training festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy in Germany and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She spent two summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed major symphonic works with the Boston Symphony Orchestra after winning mock auditions. Her orchestral endeavors have taken her to the renowned venues of Carnegie Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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 fiancé John and her two cats, Nikki and Aeneas.

About Andra Padrichelli
Andra Lunde Padrichelli, principal cellist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, began her cello studies in Santa Barbara, California. She has appeared as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and has performed in recital in Indiana, New York, Ohio, California, Spoleto Italy, and Boston, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as well as a live performance on WBUR public radio.

Andra has played in the Fort Worth Symphony as Assistant Principal and has played in the Cincinnati Symphony. She was principal cellist of Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and Spoleto Festival orchestras, and she has received many awards, including First Prize in the New York ASTA competition in 1997.

Her tenure with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has given her opportunities to collaborate with artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax as well as performing chamber music and extensive orchestral solos.

Andra has studied with Ronald Leonard in Los Angeles, Pamela Frame at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and she was the teaching assistant of Professor Janos Starker at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her Artist Diploma. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in 1998 from the Eastman School of Music.

Andra and her husband, Lorenzo, moved to Dayton in 2003 and have a three-year old son. Before their move to Dayton, they both were part of the New World Symphony family in Miami, Fla. Under Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andra performed in many chamber music concerts, master classes, and as principal cellist for several symphonic programs.

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 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.

In February of 2007 he created the “Cincinnati Pianist” weblog ( intended as an educational service for his students as well as a forum to foster online support and commentary for the musical arts.    

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 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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