It would be perfectly reasonable for a career orchestra musician, like the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Roger Roe, to be content with playing the 150 concerts or so a year that are part of the orchestra season. Content, however is the last word one would use to describe the ISO’s English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe. With a deep interest in theatricality, improvisation and spirituality, Roger champions new music and boldly collaborates with a wide array of singers, dancers, poets, rabbis, ministers, and composers.
In 2018, Roger premiered a new work from composer Zachary Wadsworth titled Letters Home for Oboe and Electronics. Inspired by the letters from a French soldier serving in WWI to his family, this deeply emotional piece caused Roger to reimagine how a solo work could be performed.
We will get to know Roger and what drives his creative quest, and the evening will culminate in a performance of Letters Home.