MSO Goes Hollywood is the perfect concert for those avid movie lovers. Guest Conductor Roderick Cox leads the MSO in a program of the best cinematic soundtracks in movie history. The night will include blockbuster musical tunes from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and more!
May 3, 2014
Conductor – Roderick Cox
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Harry Potter Suite
Night on Bald Mountain (from Disney’s Fantasia)
North by Northwest Prelude
The Cowboys Overture
Lord of the Rings Symphonic Suite
Adagio for Strings (from Platoon)
Dry Your Tears, Afrika (from Amistad)
Featuring the Georgia College University Chorus Select Ensemble and the Mandala Rainbow Tribe
Roderick Cox is 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” by the late James DePreist.
In 2013, Cox was selected as a conducting fellow for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival where he will work with conductors Robert Spano and Larry Rachleff. He was chosen as the 2012 David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York where he studied with Timothy Muffitt. Cox 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 ASO’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. Cox “artfully managed the score’s rhythmic complexities with its orchestral color, energy and reflection.”
The Big O Youth Educational Dream Foundation largely shaped Cox’s music training. He earned his Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His conducting teachers were Mallory Thompson and Victor Yampolsky.