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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Along with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director and Chief Conductor Pavel Kogan, Joshua Roman brings his account of Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 to the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State in University Park, PA and Proctors in Schenectady, NY, on Tuesday November 11 and Thursday, November 13, respectively. Before the performance at Penn State, he presents a master class along with Penn State School of Music professor and former University Laureate Kim Cook. The Moscow State Symphony, which is one of the five oldest concert orchestras in Russia, also performs Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 on both programs.
Together with Orchestra Iowa and Maestro Timothy Hankewich, Joshua Roman brings Schumann’s Cello Concerto to Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Fairfield, Iowa in a three-night trio of performances November 7 through 9. The concert program, entitled “Old World Wonders”, also includes Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6. Joshua and the conductor will present an information session on the evening’s repertoire 45 minutes before each performance. Find more information for the concerts on November 7 and 9 here and for the November 9 concert here.
Joshua heads to the windy city Friday, October 10 to Monday, October 13 for the 2014 Joshua Roman Series with the Camerata Chicago, a four-night tour of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the chamber orchestra culminating in a live broadcast on radio station WFMT. Music Director Drostan Hall conducts the program, which also includes Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Wheaton College Artist Series, the Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Northfield, and the Music Institute of Chicago on four consecutive nights. Find more information about the concerts and broadcast here.
Joshua Roman joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya for Dvorák’s lyrical Cello Concerto in B Minor on Saturday, August 23 in his Texas debut. More information about the concert, which also includes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and selections from his Hungarian Dances as well as lively selections from Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances, can be found here.