Aik Khai Pung: From Malaysia to Cincinnati

If you passed the youthful Maestro Aik Khai Pung in a hallway at the College Conservatory of Music you’d likely take him to be another student on his way to a class or a rehearsal. But…an all-around conductor and educator, Aik Khai Pung is music director of the CCM Concert Orchestra, CCM Chamber Orchestra, Seven Hills Sinfonietta, and Sound of Joy Choir.

Here are his thoughts about his upcoming concert:

“… my initial idea of this “Classic Titan” concert is a strong come back. Concert Orchestra was suspended for 17 months. Fierabras means brave or formidable arm, who is a giant in fiction. Beethoven 3 Eroica is similarly heroic, and I want to dedicate the second movement to remember and honor those who have lost their lives over the pandemic. To pair with Schubert and Beethoven, I chose Haydn Cello concert no 1, who is another titan of classical music.”

Here is the program of the first of several concerts the young maestro will be conducting this season:

Tuesday, September 21 Corbett Auditorium at CCM. 7:30 p.m. CLASSIC TITANS

CCM Concert Orchestra – Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

SCHUBERT: Fierrabras Overture, D. 796

HAYDN: Cello Concerto

BEETHOVEN: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica”

Free Admission

Aik Khai Pung conducts Johannes Brahms ALTO RHAPSODY, with Brenda Iglesias, soloist