February 18, 1970
As Guest Conductor with Cantata Singers in 1970, Joseph Silverstein led a program of music by F.J. Haydn and William Byrd. On this concert he also played and conducted the Haydn C Major Violin Concerto.
In 1962, when he was only twenty-two, Mr. Silverstein became concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until 1984. In 1971, the BSO appointed him Assistant Conductor. After retiring from the orchestra, Mr. Silverstein served as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, acting Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and artistic advisor to the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Silverstein has served as Professor of Violin at his alma mater and has held positions at New England Conservatory, Yale University, Boston University (where he was Director of Orchestras), Tanglewood Music Center, and the Sarasota Music Festival. He has received honorary degrees from Tufts University, Boston College, Rhode Island University, and New England Conservatory.