Virtuoso Cellist Joshua Roman Kicks Off  The Sixth Season of the Downtown Concert Series

Virtuoso Cellist Joshua Roman Kicks Off The Sixth Season of the Downtown Concert Series

“A cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joshua Roman brings his wide-ranging répertoire to the Downtown Concert Series stage on September 26th at historic St. Peter’s Church at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ.  He has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a renowned performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer. 

An Oklahoma City native, Roman began playing the cello at the age of three on a quarter-size instrument, and gave his first public recital at age 10. Home-schooled until he was 16, Roman then pursued his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance in 2004, and his Master’s in 2005, as a student of Desmond Hoebig, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. 

Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, among many others.

A complete musician who is dedicated to performance, artistic leadership, and creation of new works through collaboration, Roman’s work as Artistic Director of Town Hall’s TownMusic Series in Seattle has showcased his eclectic musical influences and inspirations from chamber music favorites to a host of newly commissioned works. Under Roman’s guidance, the series has offered world premieres of compositions by some of today’s brightest young composers and performances by cutting-edge ensembles.

For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow, joining a select group of next generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world.  “We’re excited to bring to our series an extraordinary musician who shares our commitment to connecting to audiences. He’s the new face of classical music - completely engaging and thrilling to watch” says Mark Hyczko, Artistic Director of the concert series.

Joshua will be joined on stage by Grammy nominated pianist Andrius Žlabys. Andrius has received international acclaim for his appearances with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras.

Tickets for the concerts are $25 and $10 for students 18 years and younger. A Season Subscription is available. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance.  The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.  A reception honoring the artists will be hosted by Investors Bank (21 West Main Street, Freehold) following the concert.

The Downtown Concert Series is committed to bringing extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue of St. Peter’s Church located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey 07728. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at DowntownConcertSeries.org or call 732~431~8383.

The Downtown Concert Series Announces an Extraordinary and Diverse 6th Season

The Downtown Concert Series Announces an Extraordinary and Diverse 6th Season

The Downtown Concert Series continues to fulfill its commitment to bring extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue at St. Peter’s Church in downtown Freehold. In September, the series will launch its 6th Season with internationally acclaimed musicians who continue to enthrall audiences with great music close to home.

Kicking off the series on September 26this Joshua Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), who has earned national renown for both his performance of a wide-ranging repertoire and for his commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways. Roman’s work as Artistic Director of TownMusic in Seattle has showcased his eclectic musical influences and inspirations, from chamber music favorites to a host of newly commissioned works, with a vision to engage and expand the classical music audience. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow, joining a select group of next generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world. 

The concert series continues on November 21st with renowned Russian pianist Anna Pavlova.  Ms. Pavlova, a Moscow resident, is the recipient of several prestigious international competitions and has toured extensively throughout Europe and Russia, delighting audiences with virtuoso performances of Liszt, Chopin, Scriabin, and Tchaikovsky. On February 27th, the professional chamber choir, The Thirteen, will grace the Downtown Concert Series stage. An ensemble of 13 professional musicians based in the New York City area, The Thirteen specializes in the masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque, especially the early and middle Tudor periods. The Thirteen performs regularly throughout the northern mid-Atlantic and tours throughout the United States. The season closes on May 14th with the PUBLIQuartet.  Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the classical music scene. “…a group of young string players who bring both technical mastery and free-wheelingjoy to their music playing.” Feast of Music

Tickets for individual concerts are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 years and younger.   Season tickets (4 concerts) are currently available at a discounted pre-season price of $70 per adult/ $25 for students. After September 1st, season tickets will be $80 per adult/$30 for students. St. Peter’s Church is located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ.  To purchase tickets click here or call 732~431~8383.

Virtuosic and Versatile, Shattered Glass Closes the Fourth Season of the Downtown Concert Series

Virtuosic and Versatile, Shattered Glass Closes the Fourth Season of the Downtown Concert Series

The Downtown Concert Series closes its fourth season with brilliance as it presents Shattered Glass, a conductor-less seventeen member string ensemble with a dedication to re-imagining the concert experience. This dynamic collection of young, global talent, with members representing Russia, Venezuela, Korea, China, Taiwan, and cities across the United States, is committed to creating a special relationship between audience and ensemble and shattering the typical barriers of the classical music experience. Virtuosic and versatile, Shattered Glass balances vibrant excitement with a meticulous respect for piece, composer and tradition.

The Shattered Glass performance on Saturday, May 10th at St. Peter’s Church in Freehold is titled “A Coney Island of the Mind” which will feature works by great American composers. Clarinet soloist Mark Dover will join the orchestra in Aaron Copland’s jazz-inflected “Clarinet Concerto”, which was commissioned by the great bandleader Benny Goodman. The performance will also feature the world premiere of “There will be rest” by composer James Sheppard. Also on the program are works by the American composers Ned Rorem and Charles Ives.

Shattered Glass had their Carnegie Hall debut last year, when they delivered a performance that riveted the audience so much that they have been invited back to the famous Isaac Stern hall for this June, when they’ll be joined by internationally-acclaimed violinist Alexander Markov in a program titled “From Baroque to Paganini”

Members of Shattered Glass Ensemble hail from prestigious conservatories across the U.S. including New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and The Curtis Institute of Music, but all met while attending the Manhattan School of Music. Members have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall, and have performed as soloists with the Korean KBS Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Philharmonic. SG members also hold positions with prestigious orchestras such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Tickets for the concerts are $25 and $10 for students 18 years and younger. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm. A reception honoring the artists will be hosted by Investors Bank (21 West Main Street, Freehold) following the concert.

The Downtown Concert Series is committed to bringing extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue of St. Peter’s Church located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey 07728. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at DowntownConcertSeries.org or call 732-431-8383.  Please refer to the website often as the 2014-1015 season will be unveiled very soon.

Shattered Glass: A Fiery Season Finale

Shattered Glass: A Fiery Season Finale

When we started the Downtown Concert Series four years ago we had high hopes for its future. Since then, in large part thanks to your support, we have grown the series every year. You have sponsored us, bought tickets and told your friends about the series.

It is because of you that we are culminating this season with a spectacular event. In fact, we don't think of it as the end of this season, instead we think of it as the launch of our Fifth Anniversary season.

On May 10, 2014 at 7:30 we celebrate with the exquisite sounds of Shattered Glass. They are an extraordinary conductor-less orchestra. The largest ensemble we have ever presented. The biggest concert we have ever produced. They recently had their Carnegie Hall premiere and were so well received they are returning to the famous stage later this summer.

They join a long list of former DCS performers that have continued to move the world with their artistry, counting DCS as one of the stops they remember fondly. We have consistently heard marvelous things from the artists, praising the acoustics of the church and the engagement and enthusiasm of our audiences.

We have also enjoyed watching them go forth after their DCS concerts, proud to have been part of their careers. Recently we saw New York Polyphony nominated for their second Grammy. The Parker Quartet performing with a treasured Stradivarius at the Library of Congress. Just a few weeks ago Sybarite5 started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to create and produce a new kind of music festival, one very much in the spirit of DCS. And that is just a sample.  

But above all, we are so grateful for your kind words of encouragement and your support. To celebrate you, our audience, we have planned something very special, an opportunity available exclusively the night of May 10, during the Shattered Glass performance.

We want you to secure your Fifth Anniversary season tickets early, at the best prices, before they go on sale to the general public. On that night, purchase tickets for five concerts for only $85.

Yes, five tickets, because the Fifth Anniversary Season will feature FIVE concerts, one each in September and November 2014, and January, March, and May 2015.

To further say thanks for your continued help telling your friends about the series, with each subscription you purchase we will include an additional FREE ticket to the September 2014 concert for you to share with a friend.

We are looking forward to what's ahead for DCS and look forward to seeing you at the Shattered Glass concert.