Joseph Young

TSO Guest Conductor Joseph Young

Discover the colors, fascinating artwork and sounds of Italy during the last MasterWorks of the season with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on Friday, March 8.


Guest Conductor from the Phoenix Sphoy Orchestra, Joseph Young, will deliver "Mendelssohn's Italian" for an all-orchestral musical evening. The event begins at 6:30 with a pre-concert chat and performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte.


Gioachino Rossini's opera "The Ladder of Silk," or "La scala di seta," overture will set the stage for a delightful musical trip to Italy. The piece, first performed in Venice, takes place in 18th century Paris and uncovers the comedic and sentimental writing of this brilliant composer.  


Next, Ottorino Respighi's "Three Boticelli Pictures," or "Trittico Botticelliano," will bring MasterWorks audiences through a piece inspired by works from the Florentine painter, Sandro Botticelli. "The Birds," or "Gli uccelli," will then transcribe birdsong into musical notation for orchestra.  


The journey ends with Felix Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 4" (Italian), a joyful work inspired by the color and atmosphere of Italy after the composer took a trip there from 1829 to 1831.  


The MasterWorks concert series has been presented to Northwest audiences by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance for years. The series has brought the area's best orchestra musicians to Oro Valley and provided a classical experience for residents that would not otherwise exist.


Guest Conductor Joseph Young


Joseph Young continues to dedicate his energy and passion to audiences of all ages as Resident Conductor with The Phoenix Symphony.  In his second season as Resident Conductor, after serving as the Assistant Conductor for the 2010-2011 season,  Joseph maintains a leading role in the development of the Family and Education Series.   He also conducts regularly on every concert series the orchestra presents including special events and community outreach programs throughout the state of Arizona.  


Increasingly regarded as one of America's rising young conductors, Joseph was featured in the 2011 League of American Orchestras' prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic. In the summer of 2010, Joseph participated as one of eight conductors selected from an international pool of candidates in the Jorma Panula International Master class in Porto, Portugal.  He was invited to return to Portugal in March 2011 to conduct a series of concerts with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal.  In 2012 Joseph was invited to be a participant at the Tanglewood Music Center's Conducting Program.  Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the Charleston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Delaware Symphony.


Prior to joining The Phoenix Symphony, Joseph concluded a successful tenure with the Buffalo Philharmonic where his duties included conducting numerous education, pops and special event concerts. In addition to his conducting duties he worked closely with the orchestra's Education Director to create in-school programs and community outreach events.   From 2007-2009, Joseph worked with the Baltimore Symphony where his responsibilities included leading the orchestra in numerous education and outreach concerts and assisting Music Director Marin Alsop and such conductors as John Adams, Leonard Slatkin, Arild Remmereit and Jun Märkl.


Joseph completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist's diploma in conducting.  Prior to that, he received his Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in music education from the University of South Carolina.  In 2008, Joseph was the recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant for young conductors, and was also a finalist for the Conductors Guild's Thelma A. Robinson Award in the same year.  From 2007-2010, he was also one of five recipients of the League of American Orchestras' prestigious American Conducting Fellowship.


MasterWorks Concert Series - Mendelssohn's Italian

When: Friday, March 8 - 7:30 p.m. concert, 6:30 p.m. pre-concert chat

Where: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte

Cost: Starting at $49 per seat, with subscription discounts available


Phone: (520) 797-3959

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