Friday, June 24, 2011

A Night with the Boston Pops and John Williams

Artist-in-Residence Mia Chung’s recent performance with the Boston Pops was part of a special Pops performance that also featured John Williams conducting. The famous composer, most known for his scores for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, met with Chung in advance of her performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73–the Emperor Concerto.

“Preparing for and performing in such a concert keeps me mindful of the level of preparation and faith that is required to play at a high level,” says Chung. “I am able to teach my students more effectively because I have been there.”

In addition to Chung’s solo performance with the Pops, which was conducted by James Orent, the concert also included an appearance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who played excerpts of William’s score from the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha.

Chung has taught courses in the Gordon College Department of Music for 20 years. “I encourage my students to prepare as if everything depends on them, and then when they are on stage, I tell them to remember that nothing depends on them,” she says. “It is the combination of total preparedness and childlike faith that produces the most powerful performance.”

Photo: Artist-in-Residence Mia Chung with composer John Williams at her recent performance with the Boston Pops. Williams has composed the music and served as music director for more than 100 films.

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