Joseph Morris, 24, is an emerging clarinetist equally at home as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. He has been the Principal Clarinet of the Madison Symphony Orchestra since 2013, and this season he joins the Sarasota Opera as Principal Clarinet. Recent engagements as soloist include performances with the Downey Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, West Los Angeles Symphony, and with the Colburn Orchestra in a performance of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons directed by the composer as part of the LA Philharmonic’s Minimalism Festival. Mr. Morris is currently the clarinet faculty member at the Luzerne Music Center, where he also performs in the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival. Read more…

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Review: Madison Symphony Orchestra 2014-15 Season Opening Concert

“Swiss composer Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments (1949) brought DeMain off his podium and down among seven principals, arranged in a semi-circle. The orchestra, too, shrunk for this 24 minute piece, which paired strings and four percussionists with a small corps of winds.

While Martin’s concerto aimed to highlight each soloist in turn, three of the woodwinds — Joseph Morris, the symphony’s dazzling young clarinet principal, veteran oboist Marc Fink, who played the same solo when the MSO last performed this piece in 1976, and Stephanie Jutt on flute — seemed to get the flashiest parts.”
- Lindsay Christians,
The Capital Times

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