In Monday’s (7/27) Insight News magazine (Minneapolis), Harry Colbert, Jr. interviews 27-year-old conductor Roderick Cox, the new assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and “one of the few African-American assistant conductors of a major symphony orchestra…. According to Cox, classical music is one of the most powerful forms of music. ‘African-Americans are drawn to gospel because of its power and inspiration. I think classical music can be just as powerful,’ said Cox. ‘These composers are just like you and me…. They had struggles and obstacles and they wrote music about their struggles. So you may ask how can an African-American from a small community of Georgia relate to (composers) Tchaikovsky or Brahms. These men were human and they spoke through their music.’ … ‘Many talented conductors applied for this position,’ said Osmo Vänskä, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. ‘Roderick … demonstrated a great ability to connect from the podium with musicians and audiences.’ Cox, a native of Macon, Ga., comes to the Minnesota Orchestra following a conducting fellowship with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Prior to that, for two years Cox served as the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.” He won the 2013 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival.
Posted July 29, 2015