Joshua Roman takes the solo role in the world premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto December 11-13 with the Seattle Symphony under Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. The work is a Seattle Symphony co-commission along with the Columbus Symphony in Ohio and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Joshua says of the work: “Like a lot of Mason’s music, the Cello Concerto has a fresh sound, as well as a distinctly American character with its sense of modernism, openness and optimism. It has a lyrical feel, with all these beautiful little touches like glissandi that make it fun to play. There’s a blues influence in the harmonies, but you can also hear his experience with electronic music in the score, as there’s a feeling of pulse in the rhythms, a driving beat. And the openness in his harmonies reflects the openness of his personality as a musician. He’s exploratory and optimistic, open to collaboration and to possibilities.”
A frequent visitor to the city, Joshua is now serving his eighth season as Artistic Director of Town Hall Seattle’s TownMusic chamber music series. He served for two seasons as the principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, being named to the post at age the of 22 in 2006.
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Monday, January 6th, 2014
The following questions are taken from an interview with the Harris Theater about my residency with acclaimed actor Anna Deavere Smith where we will present our joint project, “On Grace”. Many thanks to the University of Chicago, U. of Chicago Presents, Joan Harris and the Harris Theater, and all of the other organizations and individuals who have made this residency possible.
1. You’ve been called a “classical rock star” by the press. Is that a moniker you embrace? I’ve gone through various phases in my relationship with this particular title. It’s one that I think each reader has a different reaction to, and perception of its meaning. At its best, it connotes a certain intensity and fearlessness that I certainly aspire to, and in that sense I could only hope to live up to the name.