MUSIC: Bellingham Festival of Music hosts cellist Joshua Roman

Cellist Joshua Roman performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center, hosted by the Bellingham Festival of Music.

Roman’s program spans the traditional to the modern, featuring Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, Ginastera’s Punena No. 2, (composed in 1976), as well as one of Roman’s own compositions, “Riding Light.”

The first two pieces come from a collection of works commissioned by one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century, Mstislav Rostropovich. Rostropovich commissioned “12 Hommages a Paul Sacher” to commemorate the 70th birthday of his friend and colleague Paul Sacher, a highly influential 20th-century Swiss conductor and educator.

For the collection of pieces, Rostropovich invited 12 composers to create a set of theme and variations for solo cello based on a cryptogram of the name “Sacher.” The result was a collection of 12 enduring works that both stand alone and work as one. Roman will play two of those pieces at his concert.

Tickets are $25 and $35 general; $15 students, at 360-650-6146 and tickets.wwu.edu.

Festival details: bellinghamfestival.org.