Cellist Joshua Roman takes on a new curatorial role this summer as Creative Partner of the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts (CMF & CMA).
After giving a CMF performance with pianist Orion Weiss at Boulder’s storied Chautauqua Auditorium on July 15 — comprising cello and piano works by Janáček, Takemitsu and Schubert, as well as Brahms’s First Piano Quartet — he curates a series of three concerts on three consecutive Saturdays at multi-disciplinary arts hub the Dairy Arts Center. The concerts unite leading figures from music, literature, and modern dance, in three engaging and thought-provoking programs that explore themes of identity, inclusiveness, diversity, and community. Featured artists include Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith and spoken-word poet, dancer, and playwright, Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Roman conducts his own song cycle we do it to one another on the first program, “Poetry in Performance,” composed to poems by Smith and performed by soprano Jessica Rivera.
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Monday, May 23rd, 2016
On Tuesday, I’ll be joined on my chamber music series Town Music by Johnny Gandelsman, Arnaud Sussman, Kyle Armbrust, and Andrius Žlabys for a program of 20th and 21st Century works. We’ll present the world premiere of “Movement for String Quartet and Piano”, written by Andrius and commissioned by Town Hall Seattle. Andrius is a fantastic musician and a regular collaborator of mine, so I jumped at the chance to interview him over the phone about composing, performing, and his new piece.