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Joshua Roman, Cello

A conversation/concert exploring music’s role in Long COVID recovery.

with Clemency Burton-Hill, Host

Princeton University Concerts Debut


Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 7:30 PM EST


Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall


General: $40 | Student: $10

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The brilliant cellist came into the center of our circle, sat down and began quietly playing an Appalachian melody. His sounds resonated with a richness and purity. We sat transfixed, feeling the music reach out to us tenderly and surely..."

—Ellen Saxon, Audience Member at Roman's PUC debut in 2021

Healing with Music

About the Event

One of the most memorable moments in PUC’s recent history was when cellist Joshua Roman made his debut in our Live Music Meditation Outdoors series last fall, inviting listeners to huddle around him under a tent during an unexpected rain shower. Underlying the palpable magic of that experience was a circumstance unknown to many in the lucky audience: that this extraordinary young musician—the epitome of health prior to the pandemic—has suffered from long-haul COVID-19 syndrome since January 2021. Even amidst debilitating fatigue, he has since dedicated himself to a vigorous touring schedule with a renewed sense of gratitude and urgency. An avid believer in the healing power of music, Roman now returns to PUC to explore the role that music has played throughout his continued recovery in an event combining conversation and performance, hosted by the exquisite broadcaster and writer Clemency Burton-Hill.


Humans have been using sounds as a way to exist and endure since the start of time. As we return to the concert hall after the trauma of a pandemic, we will be guided by three artists whose stories of resilience in facing illness and personal upheaval shed light on music’s profound impact in events combining conversation and live performance.

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Joshua Roman Cello

Clemency Burton-Hill Host


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