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Q&A Saint Mary’s Professor Martin Rokeach

For 40 years, Saint Mary’s Professor Martin Rokeach has been composing music for performances around the world.


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Stu Selland

For 40 years, Saint Mary’s Professor Martin Rokeach has been composing music for performances around the world. On March 18, the Oakland Symphony will perform his world premiere concerto for the piccolo.


 

Q: Why the piccolo?

A: It’s not an instrument usually thought of as beautiful. But it’s so simple and innocent—the perfect instrument to convey hope.

 

Q: How did the collaboration with the Oakland Symphony come about?

A: The piccolo soloist, Amy Likar, and I got to talking about a piece for the piccolo and orchestra. She contacted Oakland Symphony’s musical director about my composing something for them.  

 

Q: What is the inspiration behind the piece?

A: The ups and downs of being human. I love writing for an orchestra; it’s like a playground.


 

Beethoven’s Choice, March 18, Paramount Theater, oaklandsymphony.org.

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