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Sights and Sounds: Joseph Young

Berkeley Symphony music director Joseph Young
Dario Acosta
Berkeley Symphony music director Joseph Young

“Sights and Sounds” is our weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with music conductor Joseph Young. He’s the music director of the Berkeley Symphony. He’ll be conducting the concert called “Enduring Stories” at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on June 4. It features 3-works inspired by tales about strong women.

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Berkeley Symphony music director Joseph Young is conducting “Enduring Stories” at Zellerbach Hall on June 4.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.
Porfirio Rangel is a Producer for Sights & Sounds