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.
Premiering on Nov 5 on Seattle’s KCTS, “Portrait of a City” is a documentary which explores the profound impact music has had on shaping the character and culture of Seattle. The program features intimate direct-to-camera interviews with artists and innovators like Joshua, KEXP music curator John Richards, actor Sarah Rudinoff, DJ Riz Rollins, music impresario/David Meinert, SubPop Records’ Megan Jasper, and musician John Roderick, among others. They share their reflections, ideas, and passion for the unique force within the Seattle community.
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Later this week, Joshua revisits Dreamsongs, the cello concerto written for him by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, in his three upcoming appearances with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (Oct 25-27). Joshua gave the “dazzling” (Columbus Dispatch) world premiere of the work last spring with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and later presented the work’s West Coast premiere at Washington’s Bellingham Festival in July, where Entertainment News NW called his performance “electrifying … nothing short of flawless.” On Friday, Joshua joins the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Simon at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, before traveling to Palo Alto on Saturday and Berkeley on Sunday. All concerts are free and open to the public.
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