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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