NW Symphony Orchestra Season Finale Is Saturday, 4/25

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Burien-based Northwest Symphony Orchestra will present its season finale “Reflections of the Northwest” concert featuring acclaimed cello soloist Joshua Roman, Saturday, April 25th at 8pm at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Northwest Symphony Orchestra season finale “Reflections of the Northwest” concert with Joshua Roman

WHEN: Saturday, April 25th at 8pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, located adjacent to Highline High School, at 401 South 152nd Street in Burien.

COST: $10 for students and senior citizens and $14 for adults. Tickets are available on the Web at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006. Tickets are available at the box office concert night. Northwest Symphony Orchestra makes complimentary student tickets available to school music programs. Teachers may call the orchestra office at (206) 242-6321.

INFO: Under the baton of Music Director Anthony Spain, the concert is set to include:

  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra — Glenn Crytzer
  • Guest soloist: Joshua Roman, cello
  • In Prospect, from Janus — Samuel Jones
  • Redwoods Symphony — Jonathan Middleton
  • Anniversary Overture — Roger Treece

Now in its twenty-second season, Northwest Symphony Orchestra has performed to local, regional, and national acclaim. The orchestra has performed an unprecedented 100 compositions of Northwest composers and has garnered seven national awards for Programming of Contemporary Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, including a first place national award in 2007. The orchestra has been featured repeatedly on National Public Radio and has recorded three compact disks.

Dr. Anthony Spain is Music Director.

More information about Northwest Symphony Orchestra is available on the Web at www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or by calling (206) 242-6321.

“Cellist Joshua Roman has taken this area by storm,” says Anthony Spain, music director, Northwest Symphony Orchestra. “Rarely has there been an outpouring ofenthusiasm of this magnitude about such a musician locally.”

The Seattle Times heralds Mr. Roman’s playing [with] “… heart-stopping beauty” and “… big, succulent tone and impassioned style” while the Seattle Post-Intelligencer declares “He is a musician of imagination and expressive breadth.”

Since winning the section principal chair at the Seattle Symphony in 2006 at the age of 22, Joshua Roman has become a favorite of Seattle music lovers. His pursuit of new challenges led him in 2008 to expand his horizons and embark full-time on his growing solo classical career. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Wyoming Symphony. The 2008 – 09 season will include, among others, performances with the Edmonton Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Stamford Symphony, and Northwest Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs on instruments from the collection of David Fulton.

Dubbed a “Classical Rock Star” by the press, cellist Joshua Roman has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level. Since winning the Principal chair in the cello section of the Seattle Symphony at the age of 22, he has become a favorite of Seattle music lovers, with sold out solo and chamber performances throughout the city. When not performing in or in front of a Symphony Orchestra, Joshua is likely to be found on the stage of a club, performing music as varied as jazz or rock, as well as chamber music or a solo sonata by Kodaly or Bach.

Homeschooled until the age of 16, when he left to pursue his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joshua received his Bachelor Degree in Cello Performance in 2004 studying with Richard Aaron. In 2005 he also received his Masters Degree from the CIM, studying with Desmond Hoebig, Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Joshua frequently performs on cellos from the collection of David Fulton.

Here are some videos featuring Joshua in action (our fave is the first, a rockin’ symphonic rendition of “Stairway to Heaven,” with Joshua on lead cello on the left):

And here are some websites for Joshua Roman:

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