Saturday, August 29, 2015
Conductor ~ Roderick Cox
The Grand Opera House
Conductor Chat 6:30 ~ Concert 7:30
BEETHOVEN – Leonore Overture Op. 3, No 72a
MENDELSSOHN – Suite from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op.61
TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 4
Macon native Roderick Cox leads the orchestra in presenting some of the most lovely and enduring music of the classical repertoire. Opening with one of Beethoven’s greatest overtures, the concert will also feature delightful selections from the incidental music written for one of Shakespeare’s boisterous romantic comedies, culminating in Tchaikovsky’s highly personal and turbulent symphonic poem on fate. Join us for an evening of powerful and transformative musical drama as the symphony portrays the unexpected turns in life and love.
Winner of the 2013 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, Roderick Cox is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta. He served for two years as the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. A native of Macon, Georgia, he has been recognized nationally as a gifted young conductor, described as “uncommonly talented” and “extremely musical.”
Roderick was recently featured in an interview, along with his performance of Brahms Symphony No. 2, on American Public Media’s award winning show, “Performance Today” with Fred Child. Some highlights of this season include concerts with the Detroit and Minnesota Orchestras. He has served as cover conductor for the Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Minnesota Orchestras. In 2013, Roderick conducted the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of maestro David Robertson as one of four nationally selected conductors by the League of American Orchestras. He was chosen as the 2012 David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York where he studied with Timothy Muffitt. Roderick was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and for two consecutive summers by Marin Alsop as a conductor to attend the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
A champion of contemporary music and living composers, Roderick Cox opened the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s award- winning Classical Edge Series in 2013 with new music by Gabriel Kahane and Andrew Norman. “Keeping it all together was ASO Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox,” wrote The Birmingham News. Roderick “artfully managed the score’s rhythmic complexities with its orchestral color, energy and reflection.”
He’s led special-event concerts, including the annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., which was awarded a five-star review and drew a capacity crowd – by far the largest audience in the concert’s history. Roderick and the ASO commissioned and premiered two pieces by Henry Panion, commemorating the Civil Rights struggle in Birmingham. With the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Roderick also conducted the annual Explorer and Young People’s Concerts, run-out concerts and the free Railroad Park outdoor concerts, which reached as many as 10,000 listeners.
Roderick earned his Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His conducting teachers have been Mallory Thompson and Victor Yampolsky, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Mei-Ann Chen, and Adrian Gnam. In May 2009, Roderick graduated summa cum laude from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music education.BUY TICKETS