Celebrated cellist Joshua Roman joins Berkeley Symphony to perform Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto, a piece written for the accomplished cellist in 2014. Mason Bates received his PhD from UC Berkeley before becoming one of the most-performed composer living today. His music fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz, and the rhythms of techno.
The second half of our performance consists of the Beethoven Symphony No. 4. French romantic composer Hector Berlioz was so enamored by the second movement of Beethoven’s 4th that he claimed it was the work of the Archangel Michael, not that of a mortal.
6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
8:00 pm – Concert begins
*To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.
Conductor/ArtistsChristian Reif, guest conductor Joshua Roman, cello Berkeley Symphony
ProgramMason Bates: Cello Concerto Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major
About the Soloist and Composer
Named principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony at age 22, Joshua Roman has since earned an international reputation as a soloist with a wide-ranging repertoire and a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer.
Mason Bates currently serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His music fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, and it has been the first symphonic music to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds.