About Michael Alec Rose

Composer, contemporary concert music, Associate Professor of Composition, Author

Spring 2014

CD:
Michael Alec Rose, Chamber and Solo Works for Strings and Horns
Toccata Classics (Summer 2013)
Reviewed by Fanfare (Nov. 2013) and American Record Guide (Jan. 2013)
Available at Toccata (with individual MP3 downloads and streaming samples), and
Amazon.

•Sunday, March 2
Premiere in Dover, Kent, England
Dover Arts Development Salon
Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin
Two new movements, “Silence” and “Bearings” from Ritorno, a cycle of unaccompanied violin pieces

•Exchange Program Residence
Royal Academy of Music, London (week of March 3-7)

•Tuesday, March 4
Soundbox (a weekly series) in the Academy’s York Gate Galleries
featuring Sui Generis: Five Types for Piano Inside/Out,
composed for Zubin Kanga (just awarded his doctorate by the Royal Academy)

•Two performances of Sui Generis in Zubin Kanga’s first U.S. tour:

Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
Thursday, March 27

Blair School of Music, Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday, March 29

•Two presentations for One Day University:
Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Beethoven and the Beatles: Hearing the Connections
Saturday, April 26

Dallas, Texas. How to Listen to and Appreciate Great Music
Saturday, May 10

•May 12 – 17, Composer in Residence, Conservatory Tatuí, Brazil.
III Semana da Composição para Bandas

Fall, 2013

Nightcap Series Concert
Blair School of Music
Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin
September 12, 2013
including the premiere of Preamble, the first movement of Ritorno, a large cycle of pieces for Peter, investigating the Dartmoor region of England.
Listen to Preamble on Peter’s website.
Review of the Nightcap concert by John Pitcher.
•Performances of two works at Middle Tennessee State University (and beyond):Premiere of Flat Rock: Three Cedar Glades for Wind Ensemble* by the MTSU Wind Ensemble
Reed Thomas, conductor
T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, Wright Music Building,
Middle Tennessee State University
October 10, 2013
7:30 p.m

*Flat Rock is part of the ongoing MTSU Bands Commissioning Consortium, organized and led by Dr. Reed Thomas, Director of Bands at MTSU.  The consortium includes the following ensembles and directors:

Abilene Christian University Wind Ensemble – Stephen D. Ward, Conductor
Brazilian Wind Orchestra – Dario Sotelo, Conductor
Kennesaw State University – David Kehler, Conductor
Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble – Reed Thomas, Conductor
Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble – Damon Talley, Conductor
Vanderbilt University Wind Ensemble – Thomas Verrier, Conductor
Western Kentucky University Wind Ensemble  – Gary Schallert, Conductor

Performance of Sun-coaster** by the MTSU Symphonic Band
Craig Cornish, conductor
T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, Wright Music Building,
Middle Tennessee State University
November 26, 2013
7:30 p.m

**Sun-coaster was originally commissioned by the Suncoast Concert Band of Sarasota, Florida.  This is its second performance.

•Faculty Composers Concert
Turner Recital Hall
Blair School of Music
U.S. premiere of Unturned Stones (duo for violin and viola)
Danielle Hoisington, violin; Laura Williamson, viola
October 28, 2013 (more information)
          

•Back-to-back One Day University events in Philadelphia and New York City,
November 10 & 11, 2013:

Philadelphia event, 60 minute lecture: Beethoven and the Beatles: Hearing the Connections.  (Registration information.)

New York event, 2 hour lecture: Beethoven, Shakespeare and the Beatles: Hearing the Connections. (Registration information.)

Featured presenter at the Vermont Humanities Council Fall Conference 2013, “Music & the Human Experience,” November 15-16, 2013.  (Conference information.)

 

NYC lecture, November 11, 2013

109One-Day course, November 11, 2013:
Beethoven, Shakespeare and the Beatles: Hearing the Connections
Park Central Hotel
870 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

To Register: One Day University online registration

Beethoven, Shakespeare and the Beatles

For sixteen years Professor Michael Alec Rose has taught a Vanderbilt course called “Beethoven and the Beatles,” motivated by the simple idea that great art knows no historical boundaries. Ludwig and the Fab Four make their music in beautifully analogous ways, designing their song structures through similar principles of economy, logic, and irrational instinct. Another thrilling correspondence between these Classic and Rock ‘N’ Roll masters is their shared devotion to the musical traditions that inspired them in the first place. Rose will discuss these various connections and even draw comparisons with one of William Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Park Central Hotel
870 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
November 11,2013
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Premiere

ParisFlyer (1)World Premiere:
Beatitudes: Five Nuptial Flights for Tenor and Piano
by Michael Alec Rose
on texts from Maurice Maeterlinck’s La vie des abeilles
June 16, 2013, 17H
The American Church in Paris (see details)
Tony Boutté, tenor
Michael Alec Rose, piano

On the same recital, Dr. Boutté will also be premiering the new critical edition of
Gabriel Fauré’s ‘La bonne chanson.’

Fall & Winter, 2012-13

Performances, Appearances, New Works and Works in Progress:

Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Victoria & Albert Museum, Room 46a, London, England
The Casts Courts and Music
Free Performance
Using the extraordinary backdrop of the V&A’s cast courts as inspiration, internationally acclaimed violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved and virtuoso horn player Carly Lake will deliver a special performance to mark the start of the London Design Festival 2012.
This performance will include works by Bach, Biber, David Gorton and Michael Alec Rose.
Jointly organised with The Royal Academy of Music
More information:
http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2012/03/cast-courts-new-project-at-the-v-a/

October 14, 2012
One Day University: 12 Professors
(including Michael Alec Rose)
Midtown Hilton Hotel
New York City
More information: www.onedayu.com/events/detail/48

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Nightcap Series Concert
featuring the music of Michael Alec Rose
The composer providing commentary (8:00-8:25p.m.)
Performance of two works (8:30-9:20 p.m.):

The Pedagogy of Grief (Viola Sonata No. 3, 2004)
John Kochanowski, viola
Craig Nies, piano

Sedentary Dances (Cello Concerto, 2012):
Preview of this brand-new work for cello and orchestra
Felix Wang, cello
Michael Alec Rose, piano

NEW WORKS:

Unturned Stones (duo for violin and viola)
Commissioned by violist Diana Mathews
Premiere European performances in spring, 2013

Special project in honor of my first mentor, Leonard Murphy
(Bala Cynwyd Junior High School, 1972-1974):
Commission from the Suncoast Concert Band (Robert Stoll, director)
for a new piece to celebrate the band’s 80th anniversary:
Sun-coaster
Premiere in Sarasota, Florida on March 10, 2013
(There’s a solo for Mr. Murphy, who plays principal bassoon)

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

Five Maeterlinck Songs
Premiere in Paris, France
June, 2013
Tony Boutté, tenor
On the same recital, Dr. Boutté will also be premiering the new critical edition of
Gabriel Fauré’s ‘La bonne chanson’

Civil Disobedients for solo piano
Commissioned by Zubin Kanga for his international concert tour in 2013-2014

Summer, 2012

•Composer-in-Residence
Portland Chamber Music Festival
Performance of piano trio: Graces, Furies
August 16, 2012
More information here: http://pcmf.org/calendar.php
Preview performance by the Hikari Trio
June 30, 2012
Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum
Springvale, Maine 

•Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tanglewood Festival
Lenox, Massachusetts
Featured pre-concert presentation for One Day University: “The Beatles and Beethoven: Hearing the Connections”
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Ozawa Hall
More information here: http://www.bso.org/brands/tanglewood/features/one-day-university.aspx

Goings-on, Spring 2012

•Featured article in Art Nashville Now:

New Song Cycle is a Modern Kvetch to God
re: Bucolics: Five Poems of Maurice Manning

Recording session

for upcoming CD of Michael Alec Rose’s string music, recorded in the parish church of St. John the Baptist, Aldbury, Tring, Hertfordshire, England. Click here.

•BUCOLICS: the convergence of poet, performers, and composer

March 22, 2012
Blair School of Music
Poet Maurice Manning (author of BUCOLICS)
Tenor Tony Boutté
Pianist Alan Johnson
Composer Michael Alec Rose (composer of BUCOLICS: FIVE POEMS OF MAURICE MANNING)

•February 25-March 10:

I’m co-directing the Exchange Program between the Blair School and the Royal Academy of Music (composing up a storm while I’m at it!). Departure for the London leg of the program: March 3, 2012. Follow the program with daily updates at this link.

•Final recording session

for upcoming compact disc of string music: March 12, 2012 (in a beautiful church near London, England)