This month, Joshua Roman returns to Music in the Vineyards, Napa Valley’s chamber music festival, for performances at wineries in the area. At the Frog’s Leap Winery on Friday, July 31, he joins festival musicians for performances of Rossini’s Sonata for two violins, cello and bass and Tchaikovsky’s high-octane sextet Souvenir de Florence. Sunday, August 2 at the Black Stallion Winery brings a performance of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. Joshua also participates in Sommerfest, the festival’s annual benefit gala, on August 1 at the Culinary Institute of America. Find more information about this summer’s programming here.
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Is it really May, already? It’s such a cliché, but I really do feel sometimes that the calendar must be lying. April was a more typical month for me, with multiple concertos and recitals. Mostly traditional repertoire: Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Bach Suites… there were a few newer pieces mixed in as well, including my own “Riding Light”. In fact, that particular performance was one of the few in my life where my Cstring has had the audacity to snap during a juicy moment. Audiences seem to love that, although for me it’s just a pain to have to go grab another one and retune, then decide where to start again.
Along with all of that, April is also of course tax season, and every self-employed Musician knows just how long that can take. So between all of these things, plus other random tasks, I did not get as much done on my upcoming cello concerto as I’d like. Luckily, this month is dedicated to producing notes on paper!