About Michael Alec Rose

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

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)

Rousseaux (Sixth String Quartet, 2016). World premiere by the Blair String Quartet, March 24, 2017, 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.

Canticle (Fourth Viola Sonata, 2015). World premiere by Maria Lambros, viola, for her “Music for Food” concert series, Spring 2017, Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore, Maryland.

“Musica senza rumore”: Research trip to the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Rome, Italy (March, 2017) to research and begin composing a new work inspired by the gallery’s great collection.

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2015-2016

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]

Author:
• “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”
http://www.tonyboutte.com/#!nav2015/c1u6a

Tickets are free but reservations are recommended.

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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:
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2014/11/criticspage/art-translated

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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.
South American premiere of Flat Rock: Three Glades for Wind Ensemble, co-commissioned by Maestro Dario Sotelo and the Brazilian Wind Orchestra.
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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.)