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January 8, 2016
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Bates: Cello Concerto (Regional Premiere)
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

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A Homecoming with the Mason Bates Cello Concerto

Oklahoma City native Joshua Roman returns to his home city for a performance of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic on Saturday, November 21. Joshua presented the “world-class world premiere” (Seattle Times) of the work — which was written for him — in December 2014 with the Seattle Symphony under Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Watch a short video documenting the premiere here.

The evening’s program, conducted by Oklahoma City Philharmonic Music Director Joel Levine, also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastoral” and Frederick Delius’s The Walk To The Paradise Garden in an arrangement by Sir Thomas Beecham. Learn more about the concert in this preview by the Oklahoman.

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Due Date: Awakening

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

It’s alive! My first cello concerto, has come into the world – kicking and screaming – but alive. What a crazy experience. I’ve never done anything quite like this, and while it was a project that stretched me almost to the limit, it’s been worth it. I feel more in touch with my artistic sensibility than ever, and more motivated to continue the creative process than I have been in a long time.

I’ll save details of the piece for the day when I’m able to share a recording. In the meantime, there were plenty of lessons in the process.

Lesson 1: Everything Takes Longer Than You Think!
Lesson 2: Everything Takes Longer Than You Think, Even After Allowing For Lesson 1.

The other lessons were more fun, and didn’t require all-nighters. (which leads to apologies to my copyist, George Katehis, who should be sponsored by Red Bull.)

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