By Alan Mayers
Concert Producer, Performing Arts Council
Editor’s Note: This article was incorrectly attributed in the paper version of the newspaper. The staff of the Riderwood Reporter apologizes for the mistake.
Joshua Coyne, an inspired and versatile young musician, returns to Riderwood’s Encore Theater for his third engagement on June 15. An accomplished violinist, equally at ease performing and composing classical, jazz, musical theater, operatic and ballet repertoire, he was profiled as a Rising Star by Washingtonian Magazine. Joshua, now 25, has been performing in public and composing since the age of six.
He has performed solo on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center and before Barack Obama, has appeared in concert with Motown greats Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., and has been invited to perform before members of the U.S. Supreme Court., and conducted the premiere of his ballet True Love.
In addition to performing, Coyne serves as a music director for musical theatre venues in Washington, DC, and New York City, works as an orchestrator and arranger, and serves as a music director at Advent Lutheran Church.
Joshua composed the score and orchestral suite for Anne & Emmett, a play based on an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, featuring recorded narration by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is co-subject of the forthcoming bio-pic Sonata Mulattica based on Poet Laureate Rita Dove’s poem about a renowned 18th-century violin virtuoso, George Bridgetower.