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.
To close the 2015-16 season of TownMusic, the Town Hall Seattle new-music chamber music series that Joshua Roman leads as Artistic Director, he welcomes an ensemble of chamber musicians — violinists Arnaud Sussman and Johnny Gandelsman, violist Kyle Armbrust, and pianist Andrius Žlabys — to perform works written by clear-eyed composers in the midst of troubled times. The Tuesday, May 24 program includes Britten’s String Quartet No. 2, Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, and the world premiere of a Town Hall commission by Andrius Žlabys honoring the victims of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, near his own birthplace in Lithuania.
Following his appearance with the Sacramento Philharmonic on April 9, Joshua embarks on projects in two other California cities. During a residency with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra April 16 through 23 that marks his debut with the ensemble, he presents recitals, participates in community outreach programs, and performs Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto at UCLA and in Glendale as well as in several local schools. The concerto is dedicated to Joshua, who gave its “world-class world premiere” (Seattle Times) with the Seattle Symphony last season and has since performed it in Texas and Oklahoma. Joshua gives a recital of select Bach cello suites at LA’s Zipper Hall, a concert of contemporary solo and chamber music by LA-based composers at Santa Monica’s Hear Now Festival, and a special performance at iconic independent record store Amoeba Music in Hollywood. See Joshua’s full Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra residency activities here.
Joshua also makes a special appearance with the San Francisco Girls Chorus on April 10, featuring the world premiere of his composition Our Voice, commissioned by the ensemble. He also accompanies the choir in works by Haydn, Franck, Brahms, and others. Find tickets and more information here.
Joshua Roman joins the Sacramento Philharmonic and conductor Edwin Outwater on Saturday, April 9 for Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. “There must be an old soul behind Roman’s boyish countenance, for he played as if at one with the passionate heart of Dvořák himself,” wrote Cleveland Classical of a recent performance of the work.
The evening’s program also includes Dvořák Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” Find tickets and more information here.
Joshua Roman presents two concerts featuring J. S. Bach’s complete Suites for Solo Cello for New Jersey’s Lyrica Chamber Music. He performs Suites Nos. 1-3 at Mondo Summit on the evening of Saturday, March 5, followed by Suites Nos. 4-6 the following afternoon at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township. Find tickets and more information here, and watch Joshua’s “Everyday Bach” series on YouTube, which showcases self-produced videos of the 36 movements from J. S. Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello filmed in a variety of evocative spaces around the world.
On, Sunday, March 13, Joshua performs a solo recital presented by South Carolina’s Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council. Find more information here.