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Cello Prodigy Joshua Roman in Federal Way

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm with No Comments »
September 30, 2008 2:37 pm

Joshua Roman, cellist. Photo courtesy Federal Way Symphony.

Been to hear the Federal Way Symphony lately? This weekend is a great time to do so: the semi-professional orchestra has a top-class gig to open their season– Joshua Roman.

This cello virtuoso from deepest Oklahoma was, at 22, the youngest ever musician to win a principal position in the Seattle Symphony. One year later he’s left the SSO for a solo career, juggling it with managing the Town Hall Series in Seattle (which he injects with regular shots of jazz, punk rock and new music).

I heard Roman play with the Northwest Sinfonietta last year, and he’s nothing short of remarkable. A singing tone, breath-taking virtuosity and some really thoughtful moments. He’ll play again with the Sinfonietta in March next year, Taverner’s solo “The Protecting Veil.”

Meanwhile, he’s obviously taking on some bread-and-butter regional orchestra gigs to fill in schedule blanks, and Federal Way is one of them. Catch Roman Saturday and Sunday playing Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations” (the concert also includes Beethoven’s 3rd and some Liszt.)

Oh, and did I mention he looks like a Botticelli? A shock of curly blond hair and a serene face. Just what you need for playing the cello.

If you can’t make this weekend, then Roman’s doing the same gig with the Auburn Symphony next weekend.

Joshua Roman plays with the Federal Way Symphony 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 2 p.m. Oct. 5. $20-$25. St. Luke’s, 515 S. 312th St., Federal Way. 253-529-9857, www.federalwaysymphony.org

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