Carolina Philharmonic

Forming a Duo

This friday night, Young Mee and I give our first joint recital together. We've performed together often over the last dozen years, but never as a duo in recital, so this is a new experience.

Rachel at High Point University

Most of you know our story... I met Young Mee while we were both living in Rome. We were introduced by mutual Korean friends, dated for a couple years and then got married in Busan, South Korea. Shortly after, we were packing our bags for Palermo, where I'd accepted a conducting position, but we landed instead in Paris. Just days before boarding the plane I was offered the chance to coach opera singers coming in to sing at the Parisian opera houses, and why not spend our honeymoon year in the city of love? Warm croissants every morning! That ended up being short-lived though, as Young Mee got pregnant and we decided to have the baby in NYC. Thus Rachel (pensive with Einstein), now ten, is a New Yorker. Shortly after she turned three, we arrived in the Sandhills.

What is it like to work with your spouse? No different really than any other aspect of marriage – complete bliss!

People are often surprised that such a powerful voice can emit from such a petite body. Her musical expression is refined yet intense, disarmingly expressive. She's a romantic at heart.

Song was born in Italy, or at least so say the Italians; Korea is referred to as the Italy of Asia, and there are indeed striking similarities between the two cultures, in particular their shared passion for musical expression. Young Mee studied voice with some of the great vocal pedagogues in Rome, so her approach to singing reveals strong Italian roots. At Santa Cecilia, the famed music conservatory, a large percentage of students are cut at the end of each school year. Young Mee not only survived all four years, but was invited back on full scholarship for post-graduate studies.

It's an honor for me to be joined onstage for an intimate evening of song with my bride, Young Mee

Young Mee Jun, soprano

Get more info and tickets here online for next Friday night's (March 4) concert at Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 7pm. 

Fresh Tracks

Fresh Tracks

Perhaps I'm unnecessarily contrary, but I'm addicted to the road less traveled. Robert Frost probably had it right...

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Takes my breath away every time...

Then again, also valid two millinnea hence is the sage dictum of the little known Greek poet and algorithmic philosopher Netflixus who, as recorded on a recently unearthed tablet from the Foro Romano now identified by archaeologists as a corollary to the Book of Faces and Atwitterings, forewarned: "There are at any point in time and space, whether on one's way to market in the morning or seated in the smallest room of one's dwelling place in the evening, an infinite number of roads to choose from; yet even vermin know that the unwise mouse will get lost in a maze of unforgivable time-killers that lead down the slope of self-loathing and lost opportunities."

Stopping in on her way back to Broadway

Get to know Emily.

Emily Padgett (Side show, Grease, Flashdance) stops by in Pinehurst on her way to start rehearsals for Steve Martin's Bright Star, opening on Broadway next month.

Bright Star recently played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Fortunate for us, Emily Padgett has just enough time to stop in and perform with the Philharmonic opposite Tony-nominated Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Evita, Amazing Grace) before diving into rehearsals back in the Big Apple.

Last seen on Broadway to critical acclaim in Side Show, Emily played Daisy Hilton, conjoined to her twin sister. Check out this video - Emily, left, sings opposite co-star Erin Davie.


I can't wait to begin rehearsals when she arrives on Tuesday for our shows Saturday, Feb..6. On the docket are a handful of solos, including On the Steps of the Palace from Into the Woods and All That Jazz from Chicago. I'm almost more excited to see what sort of sparks fly when she joins with Josh for several duets, including an arrangement I had expressly orchestrated for them for this concert by Fedor Vrtacnic of Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. We're also doing two other world premiere orchestrations by cutting edge Broadway composer Brian Lowdermilk - gorgeous songs and incredible orchestrations that at the moment only exist inside the heads of me and Brian.... more on that next blog.

You're not going to want to miss getting to know Emily better live on Saturday. She and Josh are sure to make a dynamic duo. See concert info below.

I should really be practicing...!


You might also enjoy hearing Emily sing "Hope":


Pops: A Night on Broadway

Evening show sold out, but 3pm Matinee added!

Click here to get tickets online.


Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College

Two of Broadway's brightest young stars, Tony-nominated Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Les Miserables, Amazing Grace) and Emily Padgett (Legally Blonde, Grease, Flash Dance, Side Show, Bright Star) join forces for an evening of modern and classic Broadway, backed up by David Michael Wolff and The Carolina Philharmonic.



(there are no online fees, and tax is included.) 

You may also get tickets at our Box Office (5 Market Square, Pinehurst, open weekdays 10am-4pm), by calling the ever-friendly Sherry at 910-687-0287. 

General admission tickets (seats pre-assigned) – cash or check only – are available by visiting any of our outside vendors around our local communities: 

Heavenly Pines Fine Jewelry5 Dowd Circle, Pinehurst
Artist League of the Sandhills129 Exchange St, Aberdeen
Arts Council of Moore County482 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines
Nature’s Own95 Bell Avenue, S. Pines
Sandhills Winery1057 7 Lakes Dr, West End
The Country Bookshop140 NW Broad St, Southern Pines 
The Given Outpost95 Cherokee Road, Given Outpost, Pinehurst