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
—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):
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.
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).
“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).
Completion of Capricorn Rounds for the Brazilian Wind Orchestra (Dario Sotelo, conductor)
Contributor to the November issue of The Brooklyn Rail:
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
•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.
South American premiere of Flat Rock: Three Glades for Wind Ensemble, co-commissioned by Maestro Dario Sotelo and the Brazilian Wind Orchestra.
III Semana da Composição para Bandas