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Roderick Cox Conducts Two Symphony in 60 Concerts, July 27

Roderick Cox leads the Minnesota Orchestra in his final Orchestra Hall concerts as associate conductor

60-minute concerts feature music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Arvo Pärt and Beethoven, with pianist Stewart Goodyear as soloist

As he nears the end of a three-year tenure, Roderick Cox leads his final concerts as Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor on Friday, July 27, conducting two Symphony in 60 performances. The concerts, which are each one hour in length and are held at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., begin with Esa-Pekka Salonen’s single-movement Helix, originally written for the World Orchestra for Peace. Then the Orchestra performs Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, and Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.

In August, Cox will join the Orchestra on its tour of South Africa, where he will lead the South African National Youth Orchestra in a concert performance and serve as cover conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra concerts. Cox served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s assistant conductor for one year and associate conductor for two years; these roles are designed to provide talented emerging conductors with opportunities for growth and development early in their careers. Among many awards he has received during his three years with the Orchestra, Cox was recently announced as the 2018 recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, which is the largest grant awarded to young American conductors in the United States. His upcoming engagements include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Grand Opera.

The Minnesota Orchestra Symphony in 60 concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, July 27, at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., with tickets priced from $20 to $40. Symphony in 60 concerts include a $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and an onstage meet-and-greet with Orchestra musicians after the 8:15 p.m. concert.

Roderick Cox, conductor
Roderick Cox, now completing his second full season as the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor after one year as assistant conductor, won critical and audience praise for his subscription performances with the Orchestra in January and October 2017. A native of Macon, Georgia, he served as assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to his recent selection as the recipient of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, other honors include winning a Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award, being selected by the League of American Orchestras for the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview, and being one of five conductors invited by Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Danielle Gatti to participate in its annual conducting masterclass in June 2018. More:,

Stewart Goodyear, piano
Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer who has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras. Last year, he premiered his own suite for piano and orchestra, Callaloo, with Kristjan Järvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra, and the Clarosa Quartet premiered his Piano Quartet. His two most recent recordings include an album of Ravel’s piano works and For Glenn Gould, which was released in March 2018. Highlights of the upcoming season are his debut with Chineke! in London, and return engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria symphony orchestras. At the July 27 performances, Goodyear will be improvising the cadenzas in his performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. More:


Friday, July 27, 2018, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Roderick Cox, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano 

SALONEN                            Helix
PÄRT                                     Fratres
BEETHOVEN                      Piano Concerto No. 4

Tickets: $20 to $40

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