Joshua Roman has been named the inaugural Artistic Advisor of Second Inversion, Seattle’s award-winning new contemporary streaming channel dedicated to rethinking classical music that was launched by Seattle’s KING-FM to inspire, engage, cultivate, and connect the next generation of classical audiences. In the new appointment, Roman will work with KING-FM to help shape the vision of Second Inversion, serving as a prominent on-air voice of the channel as well as contributing bi-monthly blog posts and more.
Joshua says: “I am thrilled to join the energetic and endlessly creative team at Second Inversion and KING-FM. Together we will help share the journey of musical exploration in the 21st Century with a wide and engaged audience, and challenge long-held notions of the role of performers, presenters and audience. I’ll be hosting music on the stream, contributing to the blog at secondinversion.org, initiating video projects in Seattle and around the country, sharing my performance recordings from around the country, and collaborating with the programming team on the vision of the project.”
Joshua’s projects with Second Inversion already include livestreams and web videos, both from the KING-FM studios and Town Hall Seattle, where Joshua is Artistic Director of the TownMusic series. More information about his new role at Second Inversion can be found here.
To open the session “Out of This World” at TED2015 in Vancouver, Joshua performs the Prelude to J. S. Bach’s First Suite for Solo Cello on Tuesday, March 17. The following day, he takes part in an improvisation with Bill T. Jones and singer/songwriter Somi as part of the session “Truth or Dare”. In 2011 Joshua was named a TED Fellow, joining a select group of next generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world.
Joshua Roman makes his Tucson Symphony Orchestra debut on Friday, April 10 with Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major under the baton of guest conductor David Danzmayr, with a second performance on Sunday, April 12. The program also includes Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”, one of the cornerstones of Austrian music. Joshua takes part on a pre-performance discussion one hour prior to both performances. Find tickets and more information here.
Joshua Roman partners with premier Chicago chocolate maker Vosges Haut-Chocolat on Saturday, January 7 for “Cello + Chocolate: An Evening of Decadent Delight”, a solo recital complimented by a his own hand-picked truffle selection. The performance, which takes place at Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center in Frankfort, IL as part of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s IPO Presents series, is preceded by a pre-concert chocolate tasting talk by Vosges representatives. Tickets and more information can be found here.
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.