Live Stream Joshua’s Orchestral Conducting Debut with World Premiere of Own Work in Residence at Music Academy of the West
Joshua returns to the Music Academy of the West for his second season as Alumnus-in-Residence this month with two weeks of masterclasses and performances, working closely with the fellows of the Music Academy according to a curriculum devised based on his unique musical and professional perspective.
The residency culminates with Joshua’s conducting debut on August 2, leading Academy fellows in the world premiere of his own composition and Music Academy commission, we do it to one another, a nine-part song cycle based on Life on Mars, a collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning poems by Tracy K. Smith. The concert will be streamed live via the Music Academy’s website. Learn more here.
On Thursday, May 1, Joshua joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ilan Volkov for a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Those who cannot be in the hall that night will be able to listen to BBC Radio 3′s live broadcast of the concert on their radios in the UK or worldwide via the live stream on the BBC Radio 3 website. The concert, at Glasgow’s City Halls, begins at 7:30pm. (2:30pm EDT.) This performance marks Joshua’s second engagement with the BBC Scottish, having debuted with the orchestra in June 2012, when he played Matthias Pintscher’s cello concerto Reflections on Narcissus.
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This March, Joshua will in Oklahoma City to headline “Transcendental Doxology” with the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble on March 10 and 11. Presenting his account of Schumann’s romantic Adagio and allegro for cello and piano alongside Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Trio and Schubert’s sublime String Quintet in C, the concerts represent a homecoming for Joshua, who was born and raised in the Oklahoman capital.
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On the heels of his residency at the University of Chicago with Anna Deavere Smith, Joshua travels to warmer climates for a recital in Los Alamos, NM this Sunday, alongside his frequent musical partner, pianist Andrius Zlabys. When Joshua played a similar program, featuring works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Schumann and Beethoven, earlier this season, the South Florida Classical Review praised the cellist for his “playing that set him apart from many of the string players of a generation ago, from the singing but unsentimental tone he brought to lyric passages to the crisp, efficient manner with which he handled the most rapid strings of notes.”
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In January, Joshua and Anna Deavere Smith will begin a three-week residency at the University of Chicago where they will host discussions with faculty and other artists and teach masterclasses and workshops for students. Additionally, Joshua and Anna will workshop and perform their collaborative theater and music piece On Grace, which the two artists premiered at San Francisco’s Grace Catherdral in March 2012. The work explore the meaning of “grace”, using Anna’s signature brand of theater combined with social commentary. The collaboration and residency will culminate in a presentation at the Harris Theater on Tuesday, January 21 called “Conversations on Grace,” which will include the full performance of On Grace.