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Joseph Morris, clarinetist, has been praised for his “liquid clarinet sound” (Madison Magazine) and his playing has been described as “virtuosic but eloquent” (The Isthmus). He has been the Principal Clarinet of the Madison Symphony since 2013 and Principal Clarinet of the Sarasota Opera since 2015. Recent engagements as soloist include performances with the Downey Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, West Lost Angeles Symphony and with the Colburn Orchestra in a performance of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons directed by the composer. Read more…

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Copland Clarinet Concerto with Madison Symphony Orchestra: News and Reviews

“It was that gorgeous and that elegiac, that moving and that unforgettable. It was nothing short of sublime.”
– Jacob Stockinger, The Well-Tempered Ear

“Morris’s clarinet effortlessly lifted in zephyr-like phrases that soared and glided through the strata of sonic layers in the upper strings.”
– Greg Hettmansberger, Madison Magazine

“Morris’ performance was by turns subtle and fierce.”
– Jessica Courtier, Capital Times

“The absolutely brilliant new, young first clarinetist of the orchestra, Joseph Morris, is a fabulous soloist. During simple passages and extremely demanding fast ones, he is able to meet the great virtuosic demands while also demonstrating the nuances of color of which the clarinet is capable.”
– John Barker, The Isthmus

 

To read the reviews in more detail, visit the Press page.

Read Joe’s pre-concert interview with Jacob Stockinger of Well-Tempered Ear here.

Read Joe’s pre-concert interview with Greg Hettmansberger of Madison Magazine here.

Listen to Joe Morris and John DeMain on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Midday Show with Norman Gilliland here.

Watch Joe live on WMTV15:

 

 

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