Oklahoma City native Joshua Roman returns to his home city for a performance of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic on Saturday, November 21. Joshua presented the “world-class world premiere” (Seattle Times) of the work — which was written for him — in December 2014 with the Seattle Symphony under Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Watch a short video documenting the premiere here.
The evening’s program, conducted by Oklahoma City Philharmonic Music Director Joel Levine, also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastoral” and Frederick Delius’s The Walk To The Paradise Garden in an arrangement by Sir Thomas Beecham. Learn more about the concert in this preview by the Oklahoman.
Joshua Roman joins Washington state’s Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Lawrence Golan on November 14 for a one-night-only performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Wrote the Greenwich Times of Joshua’s rendition of this piece, “Roman, who seemed to disappear into the music while creating it, bathed in a sheer mist of sound. Remember his name: it will be in the pantheon of Jacqueline du Pré, Pablo Casals, and Yo-Yo Ma, all performers of this great work.”
Shostakovich’s Hamlet (Film Suite) and Dvorak’s Othello Overture round out the program at Yakima’s Capitol Theatre. Find tickets and more information here.
On October 17, Joshua Roman joins the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director David Danzmayr for the world premiere of his own cello concerto, Awakening. About the work, Joshua explains: “The concerto is written in five short movements that are basically pop-song length. The whole thing is connected – you could call them sections instead of movements. The work centers on an evolution of an idea and is the story of a failed relationship. The cello represents the protagonist. The orchestra sometimes represents a background of thoughts, other times the world as it is, and sometimes it represents the other person in the relationship. Love song, fight song, a song of despair, and a moment of apotheosis.” Read more of Joshua’s thoughts on the composition process in “The Birth of A Cello Concerto” on the Second Inversion blog.
A co-commisison by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the concerto opens the orchestra’s 2015-16 season at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center in Frankfort, IL. A second performance take place the following evening at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL. Find tickets and more information here.
Later this season, Joshua reunites with David Danzmayr for performances of Awakening with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus — the work’s second co-commissioner — January 23 through 25 in Worthington, Columbus, and Athens, OH. Find tickets and more information here.
Joshua Roman joins Michigan’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Timothy Muffitt on October 9 for a one-night-only performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. “Roman, who seemed to disappear into the music while creating it, bathed in a sheer mist of sound. Remember his name: it will be in the pantheon of Jacqueline du Pré, Pablo Casals, and Yo-Yo Ma, all performers of this great work,” wrote the Greenwich Times of Joshua’s interpretation, which is one of the cornerstones of the cello repertory.
The program is complemented by Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.
Joining the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Music Director and Principal Conductor Eric Jacobsen, on September 19 Joshua performs Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto, returning to the work after a “world-class world premiere” (Seattle Times) in May with the Seattle Symphony. The lyrical 25-minute work by the young American composer is paired with Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. A video about Joshua’s collaboration with Mason Bates on his concerto before the Seattle premiere can be seen here.