Michael Alec Rose: Three Interventions


—Premiere of THREE INTERVENTIONS at the Blanton Museum, Austin, Texas, May 19, 2018:

—Interview with Michael Alec Rose on KMFA 89.5 Austin Classical Radio:




Recent Completed Works, Premieres Pending:

-Musica senza rumore (2017), suite for solo piano, composed for Prince Jonathan Doria and the Doria Pamphilj Gallery in Rome, Italy, premiere (TBA) in collaboration with the Rome Chamber Music Festival.

– Lolly Willowes, music drama in two acts, performances in April 2019 at MATCH Midtown Arts & Theater Center in Houston, Texas.

February 11, 2018
Ching-Yi Lin, violin
Andrew Braddock, viola
Cole Concert Hall
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacodoches, Texas

—performances of Caprices #1 and #3 for solo viola, and Mornington Caprice (#2) for violin and viola

February 25, 2018
Melissa Treinkman, mezzo-soprano (doctoral recital)
Jasper Jimenez, piano
USC Thornton School of Music
Rilke Songs: Music set to poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
—performances of “October Day” and “The Way In” from the song cycle The Way In

This recital will be live-streamed at: https://youtu.be/uVz-9TmSQfs

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 8:00 PM
Violins of Hope: Music of the Holocaust for Strings and Winds
Musicians of the Blair School of Music and the Nashville Symphony

The program includes the following:
Michael Alec Rose, The Entire World: Jewish Songs from Eastern Europe (flute, violin, and cello)

Friday, May 4, 2018
“Pastorals”: a program celebrating the links between music and craft
Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin
London premiere of Il Ritorno: Perambulation for Solo Violin (composed for Peter, 2014-2016)
Performance at The Forge, Craft Central, Isle of Dogs, London

May 17, 2018
Three Interventions for string quartet, commissioned by Austin Camerata for its premiere at the Blanton Museum of Art, in front of the three artworks which inspired the music.

June 5, 2018
Featured guest artist, joining photographer Brian Peterson for a special event at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The event will focus on the elusive subject of Beauty, honoring the release of Mr. Peterson’s new book I Give My Eyes…

September 15, 2018
One Day University lecture, New York City (registration required)
“Beethoven and the Beatles: Hearing the Connection”



November 2017 release (click here to read four international reviews of this recording):


2017 CD

Musica senza rumore: research trip to the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Rome, Italy to meet with Prince Jonathan Doria and begin composing a new work for him, inspired by his gallery’s great collection.

March 20, 2017
copia, pour Cor (nu?) en Fa (2015), Leslie Norton, horn. Blair School of Music, Nashville, Tennessee,.

Fall semester, 2017
Academic leave, for the composition of Lolly Willowes

October 19, 2017
Canticle (Fourth Viola Sonata, 2015). World premiere by Kathryn Plummer, viola and Craig Nies, piano,, Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music.

October 21, 2017
Rousseaux (Sixth String Quartet, 2016). World premiere by the Blair String Quartet, Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music. Each movement belongs to a different Rousseau—Jean-Jacques, Théodore, and Henri—and the ways they (respectively) defined, fulfilled, and departed from the Romantic spirit.

November 17, 2017
Release of CD of music for solo and two violins (Divine Art/Metier Records), including the large-scale cycle Il Ritorno: Perambulation for Unaccompanied Violin (2013-2015), Diaphany (2016), Mornington Caprice (2016), and Unturned Stones: Duo for Violin and Viola (2012).
Click here to read four international reviews of this recording.


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Newly Completed Works and Upcoming Performances:

Sedentary Dances: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (2012), Felix Wang, cello; Nashville Concerto Orchestra, Joe Lee, conductor (premiere of the orchestral version). West End Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee, October 19, 2016.

• Il Ritorno: Perambulation for Unaccompanied Violin (2013-2015).  Premiere by Peter Sheppard Skaerved in June, 2016, at St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Moretonhampstead, Devon, England.

• Diaphany (2016), Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin. The British Museum, London, England, June 17, 2016.

• Carrara Blocks (inspired by William Wylie photographs, 2016), performed by an ensemble of Blair School students. Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, March 29, 2016.

• Mornington Caprice (2015), Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin; Diana Mathews, viola.  Frank Auerbach Retrospective, Tate Britain, March 10, 2016.

Wind-Ode, for Woodwind Quintet, String Orchestra, and Percussion (2015).  Dedicated to the Blair Woodwind Quintet and Maestro Robin Fountain, on the occasion of the composer’s 30th anniversary at the Blair School.  Premiere on February 25, 2016.

Flat Rock: Three Glades for Wind Ensemble (2013).  Performance by the Vanderbilt Wind Ensemble on November 16, 2015.

Canticle (Fourth Viola Sonata, 2015), dedicated to my violist friends.

Appearances as Guest Speaker:

• Headline Presenter at Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, September. 25-27, 2015

• One Day University, Cleveland, Ohio, September 19, 2015 [https://www.onedayu.com/events/detail/258]

• “Another Acre or so of Being”: Letters from Guy Davenport, the lead article in the spring issue of Literary Imagination (Oxford Journals).
literary imagination

Last winter

News of the Universe: The Music of Michael Alec Rose
Tony Boutté, tenor and Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Monday, January 19, 2015
National Opera Center
New York City, New York
“New American Voices: 2015”

Tickets are free but reservations are recommended.


Works in progress:
•Completion of Il Ritorno: Perambulation for Unaccompanied Violin, for Peter Sheppard Skaerved (in five movements).

Fall 2014

Completion of Capricorn Rounds for the Brazilian Wind Orchestra (Dario Sotelo, conductor)

Contributor to the November issue of The Brooklyn Rail:

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