Psalms and Fanfares
April 6th and 7th, 2019
JSO's April concert will wake us from Winter's slumber with Psalms and Fanfares. Maestro William Todd Hunt conducts the Juneau Symphony Orchestra and the Juneau Symphony Chorus across a landscape of emotions from the desperation of defeat to the fanfare of triumph. Program highlights include monumental sound from a large orchestra and the biggest brass section ever to appear with JSO, enchanting soloists, and the world premiere of a piece inspired by the Shrine of St Therese, commissioned by Mr. Hunt. Join our community celebration of the return of Spring with this exciting program.
William Todd Hunt, Guest Conductor
Acclaimed for the absolute artistic transport of his conducting work, William Todd Hunt was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Artistic Director of Juneau’s Orpheus Project, as well as a freelance conductor, Mr. Hunt has also appeared with Anchorage Opera, Juneau Symphony, Juneau Lyric Opera, the Taku Winds, the Amalga Chamber Orchestra, the Northern Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Kling Chamber Orchestra, and Thompson Street Opera (KY). He has also conducted the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic in both Kroměříž and Zlín, Czech Republic as well as concerts with the new music ensemble CrossSound. He served as Assistant at the Evansville Philharmonic and has worked as an assistant with conductors Arpád Jóo, Alfred Savia, Imre Palló and David Harman, among others. Mr. Hunt served as co-founder and Music Director for Ardo Opera (IN), where he produced and conducted several productions, notably at the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Mr. Hunt was the rehearsal conductor and Chorus Master for the JSO for 11 years.
Mr. Hunt holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University where he studied under Imre Palló and Thomas Baldner and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (Woodwinds) from the University of Louisville (KY). He has participated in masterclasses, seminars, and lessons in America under the guidance of such auspicious conductors as Kurt Masur, Stephen Schwartz, Raffi Armenian and Lawrence Leighton Smith. After leaving Indiana University he continued his studies in Europe where he worked with Jorma Panula, Kirk Trevor, Johannes Schlaefli, Mariusz Smolij, and Tomaš Koutnik.
With a repertoire spanning from the middle ages to new music, Mr. Hunt’s recent performances include Puccini’s Il Trittico, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and La Bohème, Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni, Bernstein’s West Side Story, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, as well as Eads’s The Princess Sophia, which he commissioned.