OUR SOLOISTS2018-2019 SEASON
Joe Brown, Trumpet
The Trumpet Shall Sound, October 10-11, 2018
Joe Brown holds the position of Second Trumpet in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Additionally, he has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, San Diego, Sarasota, and Tucson Symphonies. Before moving to the Bay Area, Joe spent three years as a fellow at the prestigious New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Joe holds degrees from The Colburn School, University of Michigan, and Ithaca College. He has spent summers performing at Tanglewood Music Center, Classical Tahoe Festival, Britt Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Britten Pears Festival, and the Texas Music Festival. In his free time, Joe enjoys skiing, running, hiking, home brewing, and spending time with his wife, Erika and their cat, Bailey.
Julio Reyes, Guitar
Let’s Dance, Feb 16-17, 2019
Julio was gifted at an early age with a fine-tuned musical ear. He gave his first recital at the age of 12 and the following year, was an award winner at the International Agustin Barrios Guitar Competition in Mexico City where the average age of his competitors was at least 20 years his senior. By then he had commenced studies in piano, cello, voice, music theory and conducting at the Summer Music Program at the University of California at Berkeley, and had won the Martin Luther King, Jr. Music Competition on cello and guitar. At age 14 at the invitation of the Paraguayan government, he traveled to South America to perform guitar recitals on radio and TV and was a guest artist at the Annual Independence Day festivities at the Municipal Soccer Stadium performing for over 80,000 attendees.
During his senior year of high school, he performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the late Calvin Simmons and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and was also a soloist with the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley. The following year he received a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with George Sakellariou and David Tannenbaum.
By 1986 he continued his conducting studies with maestros Kent Nagano, Richard Buckley and Dr. Dennis DeCoteau, became principal cellist of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and had toured with them internationally as both cellist and guitar soloist. He was appointed Assistant Conductor to its then-Music Director, Kent Nagano.
Keeping busy during the new millennium, he performs around the San Francisco Bay Area; is working on a master class presentation on the music of Agustín Barrios; produced a classical guitar CD, Heart Strings; and conducted the American opera, Fay Yen Fah, with L’Orquesta D’Solis, the official orchestra for Prince Albert II of Monaco and soloists from the United States in the Monte Carlo Opera House. He is also very proud to be a board member of the Young Musicians Program, formerly the Summer Music Program at U.C. Berkeley.
Alex Frankel, Tenor
Italian Nights, Mar 23-24, 2019
Praised by the New York Times for his “affable enthusiasm” and “crystalline diction”, tenor Alex Frankel is making waves in the vocal world. Frankel made his Carnegie Hall debut as Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre in 2011, and since then, has enjoyed a busy career performing around the world.
Frankel has sung the role of Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer prize-winning opera “Silent Night” with Opera San Jose, the role of Samson in the world premiere of Roddy Bottum’s “Sasquatch the Opera” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and premiered Nicholas Benavides’ song cycle “A Thirsty Fish” with Elevate Ensemble in San Francisco.
Recently, Frankel appeared in the Cutting Edge Concert New Music Festival at Symphony Space in the world premiere of Eric Salzman’s “Big Jim and the Small-time Investors” and served as the cover of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with ARE Opera.
Frankel is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is a student of Neil Semer. He currently resides in Manhattan, New York.
In addition to his vocal career, Frankel is an advocate for Body Positivity and is a Plus Size Male Model signed with State Management.
Britton Day, Piano
Voices of the Past, Present, and Future, May 3-5, 2019
Pianist Britton Day enjoys a busy career performing across the Bay Area. Recently featured on the critically-acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Soundbox Series, Britton performed piano-four hand repertoire with Michael Tilson Thomas and accompanied his father, SFS Principal Flutist Tim Day. Other recent engagements include performances with members of the San Francisco Symphony on their Chamber Music Series in Davies Symphony Hall, the Berkeley Hillside Club Chamber Series, and the Eastern Sierra Symphony Summer Festival.
Britton is currently a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has worked as a rehearsal pianist for the San Francisco Ballet.
Britt is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received his Masters Degree as well as a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.