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Symphony in C Presents Mendelssohn Italian Symphony on May 6

March 23, 2023 | By Leah Rankin
Public Relations Specialist, Morahan Arts and Media

Contact: Katlyn Morahan | Morahan Arts and Media
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Concert Features Guest Conductor Joseph Young
and Violinist Adé Williams in Works by
Mendelssohn and Dvorák

Annual Gala, The Grand Tour: A Musical Tour of Europe,
To Be Held on April 30 at Collingswood Grand Ballroom


New York, NY (March 23, 2023) — New Jersey-based professional training orchestra Symphony in C concludes its 2022-23 season with Mendelssohn Italian Symphony on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 8:00pm at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in Camden, New Jersey.

The concert features guest conductor Joseph Young leading the Symphony in Dvorák’s Serenade for Winds, Op. 44, B.77, D Minor, which evokes the lighter, delicate style of the Rococo period. Violinist Adé Williams, who was Assistant Concertmaster of Symphony in C from 2017-2019 and called a “singular sensation” by The Grand Rapids Press, joins the Symphony in performing Mendelssohn’s final and most renowned Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.The concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s evocative Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian,” which brings the composer’s musical memories of the color and atmosphere of 1830 Italy to us today, as fresh and alive as it was then.

Symphony in C has also announced its annual gala, The Grand Tour: A Musical Tour of Europe to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom in Collingswood, NJ. Guests will enjoy a virtual tour from Paris to Vienna and beyond with cocktails, a gourmet dinner with wine, a silent auction, and dancing to the sounds of the Elegance Electric String Quartet, emceed by former Haddonfield Mayor, Jack Tarditi.

Proceeds from the gala will support the Symphony’s professional development internship program, summer music camp, regional youth orchestra, and after-school instrumental music programs in Camden and the region. For tickets and more information, please visit https://symphonyinc.org/support/gala/


Performance Details
Mendelssohn Italian Symphony
Symphony in C
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 8:00pm
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts | North 3rd Street & Pearl, Camden, NJ, 08102
Tickets: $25 - $52
Link: https://symphonyinc.org/event/mendelssohn-italian-symphony/

Antonin Dvorák: Serenade for Winds, Op. 44, B.77, D Minor
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”

Symphony in C
Joseph Young, guest conductor
Adé Williams, violin


About Adé Williams
Violinist Adé Williams is a two-time Sphinx Competition laureate (1st place, Junior Division, 2012; 2nd place, Senior Division, 2019). She has won numerous other competitions in the US and Europe, beginning at age eight, and has placed in several chamber music competitions.

Adé has enjoyed a thrilling solo career, from her debut with the Chicago Sinfonietta at age six to her concerts with over 50 American orchestras including the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Detroit, Pittsburgh, New World, Indianapolis, and Nashville Symphonies, and Buffalo and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonics (South Africa) by age 18. Most recently, she has made her debuts with the Lansing Symphony and with the Chineke! Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, which was recorded and produced by Signum Records. In 2017, Adé premiered Guardian of the Horizon: Concerto Grosso for Violin, Cello, and Strings by Jimmy Lopez, a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall and New World Symphony. The New York Concert Review praised her as “an absolute winning champion of the work.” Adé made her White House debut in 2015 and Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 where she has since returned five times. She has attended the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Astona International Music Festival (Switzerland), Cambridge International String Academy (England), and the Chautauqua Institution (US).

Sought out as a classical music and humanitarian leader, Adé has participated in Rachel Barton Pine’s Music by Black Composers project as a recording artist, in the Milken Institute’s “Why Wait? Young People Blazing Trails” program as a panelist, and at University of Michigan as a guest lecturer. In 2012, she produced her first Adé & Friends benefit concert in support of a new school on Chicago’s south side, where she is also a charter member of the Junior Division of the Chicago Music Association. In 2004, Adé founded SugarStrings, a string trio of cousins known for exhilarating performances on 98.7 WFMT, CNN/Essence, NBC Nightly News, ABC7, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and at numerous civic and charitable events around the US. She continues her work with young musicians by teaching in her joyful, expanding private studio.

Adé has received many honors, awards, and fellowships, including the Linda and Isaac Stern Charitable Foundation Award in memory of Isaac Stern, the first William Warfield Scholarship, and the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation grant and instrument loan programs. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the 2018-2019 season and studied with Ida Kavafian. Prior to Curtis, Adé studied with Almita and Roland Vamos, Marko Dreher, and Rachel Barton Pine.

About 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, Dvorák, 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.

About Symphony in C
Symphony in C provides the next generations of musicians and composers with experiences in performance and in engaging with the community, helping musicians to develop skills and experiences for professional success. The Symphony seeks to support musicians in achieving their visions in the changing world of symphonic music.

Founded in 1952 as The Haddonfield Symphony, Symphony in C began as a community orchestra allowing amateur musicians to pursue their love of music by performing for the Haddonfield and southern New Jersey communities. Its debut performance was in January 1954 under music director Guido Terranova. Since then, it has grown into one of only three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concert, educational outreach and professional development programs.

During the 1987-1988 season, the Symphony began providing training and performance opportunities to young professional musicians with the establishment of its Professional Development Internship Program. Over the next 13 seasons, this program grew to encompass all 78 positions within the orchestra. In 1991, the Symphony established the position of assistant conductor. The first holder of this position, Alan Gilbert, was named music director of the Symphony in 1992. During his tenure, he appointed the first composer-in-residence, Daniel Dorff, and launched the Young Composers’ Competition. From 1997 to 2000, Music Director Daniel Hege expanded the Music Matters! educational programs and Professional Development Internship programs for Symphony musicians.

Assistant Conductor Rossen Milanov was appointed Music Director in 2000, and led the organization for fifteen years, attracting the finest young musicians and soloists and increasing the orchestra’s artistic profile. In July, 2014, Maestro Milanov announced his departure at the end of the season, after being named Music Director of the Columbus Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. After an extensive international search, the Board of Directors selected 31 year old Stilian Kirov as Music Director. Maestro Kirov served as Music director from 2015-2020. Symphony in C’s 2022-23 season features 5 guest conductors who are being considered for the Music Director position.

In 2004, the Symphony was awarded the national MetLife Award for Community Engagement in recognition of its programs serving people with special needs. In 2006, the Symphony moved its concert series to the Gordon Theater at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, and changed its name to Symphony in C to reflect its commitment to the cultural and economic redevelopment of Camden. Symphony in C has been designated a Major Arts Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and was awarded a Citation of Excellence.

Symphony in C performances and programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation, The Presser Foundation, Holman Automotive Group, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, South Jersey Charitable Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Subaru of America. Symphony in C is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA).

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