Under the baton of Michael Rossi, Joshua Roman plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto on January 24 in Tula, Oklahoma with the Signature Symphony. More information about the performance, which also includes Verdi’s La Forza del Destino and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, can be found here.
On January 20, Joshua Roman performs chamber works by Lera Auerbach with the composer along with violinist Philippe Quint, who is replacing Daniel Hope who has cancelled due to illness, in a performance presented by San Francisco Performances at the SF JAZZ Center. The program includes Auerbach’s Triptych—This Mirror Has Three Faces (Trio No. 2) and the world premiere of the composer’s transcription of Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata, Op. 94. Find tickets and more information here.
At Town Hall Seattle on January 12, Joshua Roman appears as guest soloist with Third Coast Percussion for a performance of Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June, a work for percussion and cello that commemorates Beijing’s Tiananment Square massacre. The evening’s program also includes David Little’s Haunt of Last Nightfall, which blends pre-recorded heavy metal sounds with live percussion, and John Cage’s Credo in Us. Find more information and tickets here.
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.