Provided by Nicole Ward, Charleston Symphony
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will present two concerts in March featuring guest cellist Joshua Roman. A Masterworks concert, “Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Dvořák,” will be performed on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. On Sunday, March 4, a CSO ensemble will perform “An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Joshua Roman” at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park at 4 p.m.
Joshua Roman, who landed the position of Seattle Symphony’s Principal Cellist in 2006 at the age of 22, will perform Dvořák’s “Silent Woods” and Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” at the Saturday Masterworks concert with the CSO. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” and a “classical rock star” by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Roman is currently enjoying a successful solo career. Recently, Roman performed duos with Yo-Yo Ma at a State Department event and performed during New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall.
Along with Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, the concert will include Smetana’s “The Moldau,” from the symphonic poem composition Má vlast, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Opus 97, “Rhenish.” Christopher Wilkins will conduct the concert. Wilkins was recently named Music Director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and he also serves as Music Director of both the Orlando Philharmonic and the Akron Symphony.
In addition to his solo work, Roman is an active chamber music performer that has appeared with the Seattle Chamber Music Society and the International Festival of Chamber Music. Roman will perform on March 4 with members of the CSO string section, including Concertmaster & Artistic Advisor Yuriy Bekker and Principal Viola Jan-Marie Christy Joyce, supplemented by Charleston pianist Irina Pevzner. The ensemble will perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio and Schumann’s Piano Quartet. There will be a complimentary reception following the concert.
Presenting sponsors for the March 3 Masterworks are MeadWestvaco and SCE&G. There will be a pre-concert talk from the stage led by Dr. William Gudger at 6:30pm prior to the March 3 performance at Gaillard Auditorium. Tickets for the Masterworks concert start at $20 for reserved seating. Student tickets are $10 with valid ID.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is contributing sponsor for the March 4 CSO Chamber Music concert. General admission tickets for the Chamber Music concert are $25.
The Gaillard Auditorium is located at 77 Calhoun St. and the City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St.; both venues are in downtown Charleston. Tickets may be purchased in advance online through www.CharlestonSymphony.org, by calling the CSO at (843) 723-7528, and at the Gaillard Auditorium Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.