ST. GEORGE – With over 20 years of classical piano training and practical experience, the young William Joseph has become one of the most sought after pianists on the stages of the world, and will grace the stage of DSU Cox Performing Arts Center on Dec 12 and Dec 13. Discovered by legendary producer David Foster, Joseph has mastered the art of bridging his classical training with melodies from contemporary artists to form a fresh take on instrumental popular music.
“William is a breath of fresh air and brings new meaning to the old style of instrumental music,” Foster said.
As a child, Joseph quickly learned to bang out the theme from “Fraggle Rock” on a toy piano after watching the show on television. Later he studied Chopin and Rachmaninoff with Russian piano master Stella Saperstein.
“I was blessed to have her as my teacher form age 5 to 18 … she was like a second mother to me,” Joseph said.
Joseph’s musical influences run the gamut from Chopin to Pink Floyd. He describes many of his songs as “cinematic, like the soundtrack to an epic film that has yet to be made.” Joseph does not just play the piano with his fingers; he plays with his entire body. One foot pushes down on the pedal, while the other keeps time with the music; his head nods along with the beat of the drums, and his entire body rocks back and forth, feeling the music down to the core of his soul. He is a true performer.
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“I absolutely love playing in front of an audience,” Joseph said.
Professional experiences have taken Joseph all around the world and he has played with some of the most noted artists of our day. Joseph has performed for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, composed music for Celine Dion and has appeared alongside artists like Andrea Bocelli and Michael Bublé as part of the PBS special “David Foster and Friends.”
For two nights, Dec. 12 and 13, Joseph will bring his talent to the stage of the DSU Cox Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature some of Joseph’s biggest hits, including his instrumental version of the megahit “Radioactive.” He will perform backed by the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra, producing a powerful instrumental odyssey that is sure to inspire audiences of all ages. The orchestra director Dr. Paul Abegg said that performing with William Joseph will be a treasured experience for his student musicians.
The concert will feature both popular and holiday compositions, with the university’s symphony orchestra performing its traditional holiday piece “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” which will be narrated by new DSU First Lady Kristin Williams.
Nice dress is suggested for this concert.
Event details and resources
- What: William Joseph performing with the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra
- When: Dec. 12 and Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Dixie State University Cox Performing Arts Center, 385 South 700 East, St. George.
- Tickets: $20 per adult, $15 per youth, $5 for DSU students
- Tickets can be purchased: Online | By telephone 435-652-7800 | In person at the Dixie State Ticket Office, Cox Performing Arts Center, 385 South 700 East, St. George.
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