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Joseph Wright

Michael Paul Gibson
Music Director and Conductor

Hey! Figaro!


March 18, 2006

Michael Paul Gibson
Music Director and Conductor

CONCERT: “Hey! Figaro!” Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary Ticket Donation: $20 general $15 senior / student * children 9 and younger FREE - Obtain tickets at the door 30 minutes before show time...

  • Silicon Valley Symphony
  • Joseph Wright, Baritone Soloist
    Star of Opera San Jose



The concert was wonderful. I so enjoyed the entire performance. It's a small group but capable of shaking the walls with ease. Prior to intermission I was surprised that you didn't have a trombone section. Well, they did show-up for the second half. So, sure enough you do have one and they were great. To enjoy a live performance of this caliber at any price would be worth it. But to pay only 20 bucks is an absolute steal. What a bargain, and what a treat. My thanks and appreciation to all for the hard work, dedication and talent.

How special to hear Joseph Wright perform. While sitting in the front row, I was wondering where he was going to perform. Much to my surprise, and extreme delight, he stood and belted out his commanding performance directly in front of me. Wow! What power and what an excellent performance. I also had the opportunity of hearing Mr. Wright last year at the the opening of the San Jose Opera's performance of Figaro. I would like to send him an email and let him know how much I enjoyed hearing him again. Unfortunately, his web site (www.josephwright.org) does not have an email link. If you happen to know it, I would appreciate sending him a note.

My mother would like to be on your e-mail list and be apprised of future concerts: Mother’s Name [withheld for privacy]

Thank you. See you June 3rd.

David Cameron


 Dear Michael,

We sat in the first row right in front of Joseph Wright. The entire concert was exciting, but it was especially thrilling being in the blast zone of Joseph. Please keep up the great work. You are a wonderful asset to the South Bay Area.

I have attached a comedy skit I wrote inspired by a recent concert experience.


Paul Dueweke Los Gatos


 dear Maestro,

I probably have never before been so glad that I had invited friends to come to a concert. Joseph Wright was fantastic, and the atmosphere was phenomenal, and that certainly made us play well, too. My friends were also all really, really excited with the concert.

Thank you for planning and conducting such a good.

It has for sure been a lot of work. I would like to help if I can.


Meanwhile, congratulations on conducting a fine, fine program! thanks, again,

[Member of Orchestra – name withheld for privacy by request]


 Hey, Michael!

Great concert last night! That baritone was wonderful, and your strings were absolutely perfect in the second Peer Gynt movement - LUSH. I used to enjoy playing the suite on piano when I was young; it is so melodious and so beautiful! Real gems – actually, all the pieces you performed were gems of one kind or another.

 ………… Thanks again for last night’s treat. See you and Susan next Sunday!


 [Lothar Banderman – great local composer and organist at St. Joseph’s in Cupertino]


Michael –

I want you to know that my friend Deb was quite impressed with your  conducting. She said you were very clear and expressive and never got in  the way of the orchestra. I concur.

I enjoyed every minute of the concert.



Dear Michael, 

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Hey Figaro Concert on March  18 (in charge of ticket sales at the door) and I can tell you it was a  very pleasurable experience. The music was moving. Joseph Wright is a  Baritone extraordinaire. He really played the part and the audience -  what a voice, what a musician and what a showman! How wonderful to see  so many children in the audience too! The William Tell Overture was  fabulous! The church lights over the orchestra actually moved and  swayed during this piece! You almost blew the roof off! Wow!!! Of  course your talent is of the rarest kind - Brilliant!!!! Thanks for  asking me help out!! 


Loretta Faulkner


 Hi Michael,

My husband really enjoyed the Silicon Valley Symphony concert.

For me, it was really rewarding playing with the Silicon Valley Symphony and having the opportunity to contribute to the musical enjoyment of the audience.

I really appreciate that you bring such great orchestral music to our church and make it available for free for children.

Thank you

Best regards, Carolyn


 Dear Michael,

I had a wonderful time performing with you and the Silicon Valley Symphony! I do hope the recordings turned out well. I would really appreciate a copy when it is finalized. It was so great that the concert was so well received. I look forward to attending the next one!


Joseph Wright, baritone



I don't know how the [xxx] you do it. Invariably with a small ensemble, you make it sound like a big orchestra.

It was a terrific sounding concert.

I have reviewed Joseph Wright a number of times with the Opera San Jose and given him raves. He is outstanding and so were the things he did here.

Yes, your clarinetist is outstanding. Only the other day I remarked how many really good women clarinetist there are, today, A number of them are world class soloists.

And, I was reminded of how great Mendelssohn was. He is sorely underplayed these days.

I have gotten pretty chummy with the Palo Alto Philharmonic people and the next time I see them, I will tell them what a mistake they made by not taking you on.

I hope I will be able to make your next concert.

Best, Keith (Music Critic)


 Dear Michael,

I have listened to the CD, and feel proud to be part of Silicon Valley Orchestra. The music is there, and also the sense of ensemble that emerges over time. You have created an environment in which each of us can express ourselves fully in the context of the whole. I appreciate the way we get to know the music together through listening to ourselves and one another. Perhaps this quality of listening and showing up as individuals in the context of the whole is part of the explanation for being able to sound like a big orchestra with a small group. Thank you for the wonderful literature you choose for us to play.

Playing in Silicon Valley Symphony has given me joy and added confidence as I have followed through on this lifelong dream of furthering my music education in order to become a more fluent and expressive musician.

I look forward to rehearsal on Monday.

 with gratitude,



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Saturday, March 18, 2006, 7:30 PM
Sanctuary of Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos
16575 Shannon Rd.
Concert Flyer - News Release

Italian Symphony

by Felix Mendelssohn

  • clipart_tech_audio_028I.  Allegro vivace
  • clipart_tech_audio_028II. Andante con moto
  • clipart_tech_audio_028III. Con moto moderato
  • clipart_tech_audio_028IV. Presto (Saltarello)
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Felix Mendelssohn
(1809 - 1847)

clipart_tech_audio_028Largo Al Factotum
from Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Barber of Seville)

by Gioacchino Rossini

Joseph Wright, Baritone Soloist




Joseph Wright

Gioacchino Rossini

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

by Edvard Grieg (1876)

  • clipart_tech_audio_0281.  Morning Mood
  • clipart_tech_audio_0282.  Aase’s Death
  • clipart_tech_audio_0283.  Anitra’s Dance
  • clipart_tech_audio_0284.  In the Hall of the Mountain King
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Don Giovanni

  • clipart_tech_audio_028Deh, vieni alla finestra (Serenade)
  • clipart_tech_audio_028Finch ch’han dal vion (Champagne Aria)

by W.A. Mozart

Joseph Wright, Baritone Soloist

clipart_tech_audio_028William Tell Overture

by Gioacchino Rossini (1829)



Edvard Grieg
(1843 - 1907)


W.A. Mozart
(1756 - 1791)


Gioacchino Rossini
(1792 - 1868)

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