GREENVILLE, Pa.—Internationally acclaimed and award-winning cellist Joshua Roman will perform selections from the cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach at Thiel College’s David Johnson Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 as part of the College’s Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series.
Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer.
The performance is free and open to the public.
Roman has demonstrated inspirational artistic leadership throughout his career. As artistic director of TownMusic in Seattle, he has showcased his own eclectic musical influences and chamber music favorites, as well as promoting newly commissioned works. Under his direction, the series has offered world premieres of compositions by rising young composers and performances by cutting-edge ensembles. He has also recently been appointed the inaugural artistic advisor of award-winning contemporary streaming channel Second Inversion, launched by Seattle’s KING-FM to cultivate the next generation of classical audiences.
The Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series began in the fall of 2007 and is made possible through the generosity of LaVonne H’16 and the late Glen R. Johnson H’88 in honor of their late daughter. Glen, who was chairman emeritus of the Thiel College Board of Trustees, and LaVonne were honored in 2012 with the William A. Passavant Distinguished Service Award, which is given to those who provide “meaningful, longtime service to the Lutheran Church and Lutheran Education, including continuity of leadership, exemplary character and impact on shaping the Lutheran tradition.” Con Spirito concerts are performed in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel, dedicated in 2006 and named in honor of the Johnsons’ late son.
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