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Joshua Roman Premieres Own Cello Concerto and Makes Pittsburgh Symphony Debut in 2015-16

“A masterful player who brings curiosity and electrical energy to every note”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Performing a wide range of cello repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level, Joshua Roman has earned national renown. Both a major orchestral soloist and an accomplished composer, in the 2015-16 season he makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut playing Dvorák and premieres his own Cello Concerto with two of the co-commissioning orchestras. Additional season highlights include orchestral collaborations across the U.S. in Dvorák, Elgar, and Mason Bates, whose concerto – following Roman’s “world-class world premiere” (Seattle Times) of the work at the Seattle Symphony last season – is the vehicle for a residency and concerts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Roman also continues as Artistic Director of Seattle’s TownMusic series, where his upcoming programming features soprano Jessica Rivera’s account of … we do it to one another, his song cycle based on Tracy K. Smith’s poetry collection Life on Mars.

About his Cello Concerto, Roman 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.”

High-resolution photos can be downloaded here.


Joshua Roman: 2015-16 season highlights
Oct: Premieres own Cello Concerto with Illinois Philharmonic
Jan: Plays own Cello Concerto with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus
Feb: Joins Pittsburgh Symphony for Dvorák Cello Concerto
Feb: Jessica Rivera sings his … we do it to one another at Seattle’s Town Hall
April: Plays Mason Bates Cello Concerto during Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra residency

Joshua Roman: 2015-16 engagements

Sep 19
Bridgeport, CT
Greater Bridgeport Symphony / Eric Jacobsen
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto

Sep 26
Freehold, NJ
Downtown Concert Series

Oct 9
East Lansing, MI
Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Lansing Symphony Orchestra / Timothy Muffitt
Elgar: Cello Concerto

Oct 17 & 18
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra / David Danzmayr
Joshua Roman: Cello Concerto (world premiere)
Oct 17: Frankfort, IL (Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center)
Oct 18: Joliet, IL (Rialto Square Theatre)

Nov 14
Yakima, WA
Capitol Theatre
Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: Cello Concerto

Nov 21
Oklahoma City, OK
Civic Center Music Hall
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto

Jan 8–10
Fort Worth, Texas
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra / Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto

Jan 23–25
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus / David Danzmayr
Joshua Roman: Cello Concerto
Jan 23: Worthington, OH (Josephinum)
Jan 24: Columbus, OH (Southern Theatre)
Jan 25: Athens, OH (Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium)

Feb 12 & 14
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (debut) / Juraj Valcuha
Dvorák: Cello Concerto

Feb 25
Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua Roman: … we do it to one another

April 9
Sacramento, CA
Community Center Theater
Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra / Edwin Outwater
Dvorák: Cello Concerto

April 16 & 17
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Matthew Halls
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto
April 16: Glendale, CA (Alex Theatre)
April 17: Los Angeles, CA (Royce Hall, UCLA)

April 18–23 (residency)
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto

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