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

Goings-on, 2010

  • Pemiere of Five Bucolics: A Cycle of Songs on Poems by Maurice Manning, at University of Miami, November 21, 2010. Tony Boutté, tenor; Alan Johnson, piano. 
    Audio samples at “Have a Listen. . .”  below, right)
  • Book, Audible Signs:  Essays from a Musical Ground from Continuum Books (Aug. 26, 2010) “A vivid, expressive, and innovative study of how the great composers in classical and rock music deploy subtle musical signs in ingenious ways.” See tab above (Book: Audible Signs) for full description.
  • Audio samples (see “Have a Listen. . .” at below, right)
  • Recent performances featuring virtuoso violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved:
    –  Inaugural Concert, British Museum Project, May 27, 2010: Palimpsest for Solo Violin
    -  Wege durch das Land / Literature and Music Festival in Westphalia, Germany, August, 2010: Everything Under the Sun: Four Seasons for Two Violins.
  • Upcoming premiere at the University of Miami, November 21, 2010:  Five Bucolics: A Cycle of Songs on Poems by Maurice Manning, composed for Tony Boutté, tenor.
  • Speaker, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Tennessee Chapter, Vanderbilt University, Spring Initiation Meeting, May 13, 2010:  “Audible Signs: An Intimate Iconography of Music.”
  • Air for Unaccompanied Violin (2010)   Recorded by Peter Sheppard Skærved for a forthcoming disc of solo works
  • New works in progress:
    Burlesques Before the Ark (Piano Quartet, 2010).
    The Lost Books of the Odyssey (Tableaux after Zachary Mason’s novel).
  • The Michael Alec Rose Composition Award has been newly endowed at the Blair School of Music by composer-violinist and former student Daniel Bernard Roumain.
  • 25th Annual ASCAPLUS Award (2010)