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.
Jason Wickson, Tenor
Possessing a voice that is being recognized for its vast power and beauty, youthful dramatic tenor Jason Wickson is emerging as one of the next leading tenors in the U.S., making huge strides in the last two seasons by adding eight new roles to his performed repertoire.
In a recent performance as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, The New York Times wrote, “Best was another tenor, Jason Wickson, as a passionate, bronze-toned Erik. With his hapless love for Senta, Erik seems ridiculous in many productions, but Mr. Wickson gave him affecting seriousness.” He performed recent reprisals of the role of Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with both Opera Carolina and Piedmont Opera. This season, Mr. Wickson’s engagements include a company début as Narraboth in Strauss’Salome with Opera Hong Kong and Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with Chautauqua Opera.
Seamlessly transitioning from Puccini, to Verdi, to Wagner, Mr. Wickson garnered critical acclaim in recent engagements. Recently, Mr. Wickson made a number of important role débuts including Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West with Mobile Opera, which he also covered at the Castleton Festival; Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Delaware; Calàf in Turandot with Shreveport Opera; Pollione in Norma with Baltimore Concert Opera; Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with the Princeton Festival; and Canio in Pagliacciwith Festival lyrique international de Belle-Île en Mer in France. In addition, he performed Don José in Carmen with Piedmont Opera, as tenor soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and returned to the Michigan Opera Theatre as the Florestan in Fidelio.
Mr. Wickson participated in various apprentice programs, such as the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers, the Palm Beach Opera Resident Artist program, Michigan Opera Theatre’s Joyce Cohn Young Artist Program and was an apprentice with Chautauqua Opera. He was also named a finalist in the 2012 Giulio Gari competition as well as winner of the Stanley Hollingsworth Grant. He is a graduate of Oakland University and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.