Mon April 17 | 5:00 PM
Symphony Happy Hour
Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet
Join Guest Conductor Joseph Young and ESA Assistant Conductor Daniel Cho for Symphony Happy Hour on Monday, April 17th at First National Taphouse!
April 17, 2023 5:00 PM
Symphony Happy Hour
Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet
Daniel Cho, co-host
Grab a drink and join guest conductor Joseph Young and Eugene Symphony Assistant Conductor Daniel Cho to learn about the musical works and composers featured in our April 20 Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet concert, plus enjoy a game of trivia for a chance to win some Symphony-themed swag and prizes! No cost to attend or participate.
Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
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About Guest Conductor Joseph Young
Joseph Young is one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. The 40 year-old American balances a vibrant guest conducting career with leadership roles as the Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of Ensembles for the Peabody Conservatory, and Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall.
Recognized for the “eloquence of his programming choices” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joseph marries his reverence for the Western canon with his commitment to amplifying voices, both historic and contemporary. In this capacity, he has presented works by Juan Pablo Contreras, Brian Raphael Nabors, Julia Perry, Florence Price, and Carlos Simon, alongside established greats including Adams, Bernstein, Brahms, Dvořák, and Prokofiev, to great acclaim.
His 2022–2023 season is marked by major debuts, beginning with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and continuing with Washington National Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra, both at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In July 2023, he makes his Carnegie Hall debut leading the National Youth Orchestra.
In the 2021–2022 season, Joseph made his San Francisco Symphony debut in an appearance called “stirring…robust and fluid” (San Francisco Chronicle); traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to inaugurate the newly formed Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra; and led the world premiere of William Menefield and Sheila Williams’ Fierce with the Cincinnati Opera. Other recent engagements include the Seattle Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, New World Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (Portugal), and the Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE (Spain), among others in the U.S. and Europe.
Earlier in his career, Joseph served as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano, and Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he was the driving force behind the ensemble’s artistic growth. He has served as Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and the League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Joseph began his steady ascent in the orchestral world while serving as an educator in South Carolina. Self-guided, self-funded study led him to a conducting workshop with Marin Alsop who, recognizing his raw talent, created the BSO–Peabody Conducting Fellowship to facilitate his artistic and professional growth. He has since been mentored by giants of the orchestra world, including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano, and Alsop, with whom he continues to maintain a close artistic partnership. Now a mentor and role model himself, Joseph helps to shape the future of classical music through his dynamic engagements with major symphony orchestras, his steadfast commitment to teaching in classrooms and concert halls, and his service on the board of New Music USA.
Joseph is a three-time recipient of a coveted Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors (2008, 2014, 2015). In 2013, he was a semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany) and in 2011, he was one of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.
He holds an Artist’s Diploma in conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. He grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, the eldest son of a banker and a Naval officer, and studied trumpet before picking up a baton.
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LOCATION: First National Taphouse