Joshua Roman Premieres His Own Concerto with Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
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.