Downey Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 2, 2013, featuring Joseph Morris, clarinet

O Brave New World

November 2, 2013    8:00 PM    Downey Civic Theatre   8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA  90241   (562) 403-2944
ROSSINI:  La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie):  Overture
MOZART:  Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra       Joseph Morris, Clarinet    (winner of the 2013 DSO Young Artist Competition)
DVORAK:  Symphony No. 9, “New World Symphony”
This season, Joseph Morris appears as soloist with both the Downey Symphony and Burbank Philharmonic.

A frequent competitor in solo competitions, Joseph has been awarded first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition, the Hennings-­‐ Fischer Foundation Competition, the Downey Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Music Teacher’s National Association Solo Competition and concerto competitions at the Thornton School of Music and the National Repertory Orchestra. Joseph has received numerous awards including the Bruce Zalkind Memorial Endowed Music Award, the Bank of America Music Achievement Award, and the Sima Mannick Endowed Scholarship.

Joseph performs as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society and has collaborated with musicians including John Perry and Andrew Bain. As part of the Accord Quintet, Joseph was awarded the Honorable Mention Prize in the finals of the 2012 Coleman National Chamber Music Competition.

An advocate of new music, Joseph has recorded Frederick Lesemann’s Alleluia… in domo per saecula for solo clarinet, soprano and brass ensemble. He worked extensively with the USC Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Donald Crockett and was named the USC Composition Department’s Most Valuable Performer in 2010.

As an orchestral musician Joseph has performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Boise Philharmonic as well as with the New World Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Colburn Orchestra. He has participated in festivals including the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Idyllwild Music Festival. He has collaborated with conductors including James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Joseph is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at The Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where he studies with the renowned professor Yehuda Gilad. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music in May 2012 where he received the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. Joseph has performed in masterclasses for Martin Fröst, Glenn Dicterow, and Arnold Steinhardt and has studied extensively with Richie Hawley, Bil Jackson, Mark Brandenburg, and Fred Rast.

By Downey Arts Coalition

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