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


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:

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


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:
Premiere in Sarasota, Florida on March 10, 2013
(There’s a solo for Mr. Murphy, who plays principal bassoon)


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

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)

Goings-on, 2011

  •  Performance of Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage (duo for violin and cello) at the National Portrait Gallery, London, “Only Connect” Exhibition, September 30, 2011
  • Premiere of Hopeful Monsters (for strings), concert for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, Wilton’s Music Hall, London, October 1, 2011
  • Three performances of Burlesques Before the Ark
         (Piano Quartet, 2010-11):
    —Blakemore Piano Trio, with guest violist Kathryn Plummer. Blair School of Music, October 25, 2011
    —Concert Series at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus, November 10, 2011 (faculty players).
    —Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore, January 23, 2012 (faculty players)
  • Two further premieres at the Blair School of Music, October 25, 2011:
    Hopeful Monsters (a version of the above piece, for unaccompanied oboe), performed by Roger Wiesmeyer
    — Opened Ground for cello, performed by Felix Wang
  • Upcoming appearances as featured speaker:
    —Tanglewood Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra, gala finale concert
    (Beethoven’s Ninth), August 28, 2011
    —The Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival, Sept. 23-25, 2011,
    Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  • “Paganini in Nashville:” Guest Artist Recital, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin, co-director (with Michael Alec Rose) of the Blair / Royal Academy of Music Exchange Programme.
    Includes the world premiere of Michael Alec Rose’s Air.
    Onstage in Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Monday, September 19, 8:00pm. Admission is free.
  • Works in Progress:
    String Quartet No.5
    “Seens of Inchantment” : A Natchez Trace Odyssey
    (commissioned by the Natchez Trace Parkway Association in collaboration with the Nashville Symphony; to be premiered in 2013 at various venues, including Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

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)

Goings-on, Autumn 2009

  • August 23, 2009: Featured speaker for Pull-Tight Theatre, Franklin, TN: “The Bernstein Code: Musical Secrets of West Side Story”
  • September 11-15, 2009: Guest Composer at the Royal Academy of Music, London. ramlogo
  • September 13, 2009: World premiere of An arch never sleeps. (duo for violin and double bass). Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin; Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, double bass. Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Pre-concert talk, 5:30pm: “Reinventing String Instruments,” concert at 6pm.
  • September 15, 2009: ‘Soundbox’ with Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin. 12:30 in the Strings Gallery, Royal Academy of Music (Museum Research event).
  • September 24, 2009: Nightcap Series Concert, Blair School of Music: Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin. U.S. premiere of Everything Under the Sun (four seasons for two violins–with Benjamin Hart).
  • October 4, 2009: One Day University Lecture, New York City Hilton. “Beatles & Beethoven: Hearing the Connection.”
  • October 15, 2009: Nightcap Series Concert, Blair School of Music: Excerpts from the three Viola Sonatas: John Kochanowski, viola; Michael Alec Rose, piano
  • October 26, 2009: Performance of Seven for Three (1991), Faculty Recital, Blair School of Music. Jared Hauser, oboe; Leslie Norton, horn; Melissa Rose, piano.
  • November 7, 2009: One Day University Lecture, San Francisco, Moscone Convention Center. “Beethoven and the Beatles: Hearing the Connection.”
  • November 14, 2009: “A retrospective of the first two viola sonatas,” (1986, 1994). Faculty Recital, Blair School of Music. John Kochanowski, viola; Michael Alec Rose, piano.

TBA: Premiere of Five Bucolics (poems by Maurice Manning). Tony Boutte, tenor. University of Miami, Florida

Recent performances

Sunday, June 7, 2009, 3pmasjmlogo

American Society for Jewish Music, New York

“Music in Our Time”
ASJM annual Jewish music concert performed by New York City’s finest concert artists.

Important, Jewish-themed works by notable American composers:

Leonard Bernstein, Elie Siegmeister, Michael Alec Rose, Louis Karchin, David Leisner, and Max Stern.

Featuring Michael Alec Rose:
Tree of Life: Fantasy for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
performed by players from the Mannes College of the New School of Music. 


Please contact the CJH Theater Box Office
phone: (917) 606-8200  or, Ticket sales: 212.868.4444 
email: boxoffice@cjh.org
Center for Jewish History • 15 West 16th Street • New York, NY 10011

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June 11, 2009

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Piano Festival: Evening concert

The Periodic Table: Chamber Concerto for piano and eight players
         Aaron Shorr, pianist (Head of Keyboards, RSAMD)




Thursday 11 June

Governors’ Recital Prize for Piano

Academy Concert Hall / 3.00pm / Free
Pre-Concert Talk
with Michael Alec Rose
and Vera Stanojevic
Academy Concert Hall / 6.45pm / Free with concert ticket
Evening Concert
Vera Stanojevic Voyages for Solo Piano
Michael Alec Rose Chamber Concerto for Piano and Ensemble: The Periodic Table
Anto Pett and Anne-Liis Poll Improvised Chamber Concerto for Piano, Ensemble and Voice
Academy Concert Hall / 7.30pm / £9 (£6)

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