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Joshua Roman

Beethoven • Bartok • Shaw
From $40
Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 7:30 PM

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Season opener

The immensely talented Oklahoma native Joshua Roman is a solo cellist, accomplished composer, and curator whose performances embrace musical styles from Bach to Radiohead. Roman was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015 and is currently the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-In-Residence.

His Armstrong debut opens our 2023-24 Season with a focus on bold, dynamic, virtuosic young artists that are exciting a new generation of concert-goers and reminding the seasoned audience why we love classical music.

His program with pianist Conor Hanick will feature Beethoven’s sublime Cello Sonata No. 3, Bartok’s famous Romanian Folk Dances and an array of works by some of America’s most acclaimed living composers.


Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

Mason Bates: Hymn for the Future

Andrea Casarrubios: Silbo

James Lee III: Ekah

Caroline Shaw: Shenandoah

Bela Bartok: Roumanian Folk Dances

All programs are subject to change.

“… a cellist of bold character and poetic grace … a masterful player who brings curiosity and electrical energy to every note.”

Plain Dealer

“He regaled the enthralled house with an encore best described as a spontaneous combustion of styles, performed with all the intensity of a rock guitar soloist. This was a dazzlingly fast, improvisatory romp through folksy fiddling, furious strumming and chording, and staccato percussive effects I never thought possible with a cello. Was that smoke I saw rising from his bow?”

Cleveland Classical

“The soloist was Joshua Roman, a cellist of ­extraordinary technical and musical gifts. His ­Symphony debut, in fact, was so striking in so many ways that it left a listener eager for something more. … It’s rare to hear a cellist tear through this high-flying ­passagework so ­beautifully and ­precisely—with never a note out of tune or out of place—and rarer still to hear it done with such ­offhanded ­panache.”

San Francisco Chronicle