What’s Interesting About This Concert
- Australian composer Melody Eötvös drew inspiration for Saqqara Bird from an ancient Egyptian artifact which looks like a toy but which could be related to early experiments in aviation.
- Grammy-winner and former California Symphony composer-in-residence Mason Bates wrote this cello concerto to showcase the incredible talents of long-time friend and featured artist Joshua Roman.
- The Birds was written by Respighi in the twentieth century but sounds like it could have been penned two hundred years earlier by Vivaldi or J.S. Bach.
- Based on a Russian fairy tale, Firebird Suite was Stravinsky’s breakthrough hit and an instant smash with audiences and critics alike.
RespighiGli uccelli (The Birds)
Joshua Roman, cello