Thursday, January 31, 2008

Arrevederci Roman

Josh Roman has decided to quit the SSO for a solo career.
Good luck to him.
Read his goodbye letter on Classical Seattle.
There was one comment;

Anonymous said...

He's leaving because it sucks at the Seattle Symphony.
I think he is right to focus on the advancement of his craft because the Symphony is obviously not interested in advancement of its craft.
Bravo star on the rise.

I am not that Anonymous....

I remember predicting this somewhere based on his performance at town hall.
Maybe in my dreams (see previous post)

So, anyway, I'm off for my usual Thursday peregrinations. See ya later


Blogger butch said...

I think the letter of regret and resignation went something like;

Dear Friends and Family,

I am writing to let you know of my decision to leave the Seattle Symphony following the current 07-08 season. I informed the orchestra management of this decision yesterday. I thought it would be nice to tell all of you myself, instead of you hearing the news from others. This email was the best way I could come up with. In any case: This decision comes at an exciting time for me. I have had so many opportunities since I came to the Seattle Symphony, and lately I have been taking more solo and chamber engagements here and elsewhere. I really appreciate the willingness of the Seattle Symphony to have placed so much faith in me at this critical point in my career.

I will miss many of the friends that I have made here, including two of the musicians that I sit next to almost every week; my stand partner, Susan Williams, and the charming man who sits next to me in the violins, John Weller. There are many more in the cello section, orchestra, staff, and around the city that I will remember fondly. My sincere hope is that our relationships will be lasting and flourish no matter where our roads take us.

As much as I have loved my time in Seattle, it is very important for me to keep a strong focus and commitment to my goals, and the foremost musical goal I have is to become the best cellist I can be. To that end, I will be doing tons of traveling over the next years, listening to many great musicians, practicing hard, performing a lot, and doing other cool stuff too. I plan to return to Seattle frequently and I already have several engagements here next season. Seattle is like a home to me; I love this place and the people I’ve met here!

I thank all of you for your support, especially my family, who has always thought that I was a bit nuts to want this life, but has supported me in everything nonetheless. It is because of this support that I am able to carry on and I hope to make the best of every opportunity and trust I am given.
All the best to all of you.

Joshua Roman

Anonymous said...
He's leaving because it sucks at the Seattle Symphony. I think he is right to focus on the advancement of his craft because the Symphony is obviously not interested in advancement of its craft. Bravo star on the rise.

7:15 PM

Lane Savant said...
I am not the above anonymous, although I do agree with the sentiments.
Best of luck to Joshua.

8:43 AM

Another gog in the gear of tragedy, chaos, and corruption for the SSO, enit?

Man, you have so much stuff going on in your dreams, it is mind-boggling. Eddy E. is hot to contact you too, as you read.

I love it when you force us to build our vocabulary:
Peregrinate: Traverse, to walk or travel over.
There you go again, on the way for coffee, cookie, and glares at SSO, as well as composition class. Did your instructor talk specifically about your Violin Duet in class, or in private? How big is your class, how many students?

After several years of exposure here on FFTL, I doubt that you will ever be "that Anonymous". I love it when I google Eddy Emerald and all I get is references to his mention on FFTL. Kind of a vicious circle, isn't it?


12:00 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

I'm doing one on one study.
Counting David, there's two of us.
All we talk about is my music.
O.K. a little local gossip from time to time.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

O.K., it wasn't a prediction as such.
More of a cautionary note.
Here it is;

Young Josh obviously has a brilliant career ahead of him.
"brilliant career in show biz" can be similar
to "living in interesting times"
or "your daughter marrying a jazz musician.
In other words, a curse.
Let us all pray for his survival.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, again, L'ane:
This "Anonomous" also wasn't I.
I'm surprised Joshua is leaving soooooo soon! Less than a year ago, I replied in person to my in person statement/question: "I'm surprised you didn't go directly into a solo career/" And his reply was "I only played solos when I was a student, and now I want to play in an orchestra for a few years." Things must be REALLY bad at the SeaSymph for him to quit his long-desired orchestra playing soooo soon!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Glenn
forrevEALING Josh's e-mail. Ihave found it nowhere else. It is very revealing on a number of points!!
By the way, the SeaSymph also couldn't keep its stellar principal oboist, also a VERY nice guy, Nathan Hughes!
P.S. I missed you at the premier of Doug's piece for two violins; it got more than twice as much applaus as any of the other three works on the program, deservedly so!!! It was also really good music, not just noise, like two of the other works on the program!

5:10 PM  

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