Musica Nova

Robert Xavier Rodriguez Michael McVay

Friday, December 05, 8:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Ticket: Free
Season: 2014-15

Students from the UT Dallas Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music ensemble will perform with faculty members and guest artists under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez.

Musica Nova

Robert Xavier Rodríguez, Director

 

Italian Inspiration

Vivaldi:  Concerto for Two Trombones & Orchestra

Cimarosa:  Concerto for Two Flutes & Orchestra

Rota:  Trio for Flute, Violin & Piano

Rossini/Liszt:  La Regata Veneziana for Piano Solo

Milhaud:  Scaramouche for Saxophone & Orchestra

 

Michael McVay, Piano

UTD Students 

 

Guest artists: 

Chloé Trevor, violin

Shannon Layman, viola

 

UT Dallas' Musica Nova ensemble performs music written for large and small ensembles, plus multi-media and theater works of all periods. Instrumentalists, singers, composers, actors, dancers and video artists from UT Dallas’ Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble class join faculty and other professional musicians. Musica Nova guest artists have included members of the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra and singers from the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. Music from past Musica Nova concerts has ranged from Medieval and Renaissance dances and motets to standard repertoire to experimental mixed-media works written for and/or developed by the ensemble. Concerts have included an evening of jigs, an evening of tangos, an evening of improvisation, French cabaret and mariachi songs, chamber opera, video art, ballet and a fully-staged commedia dell'arte pantomime. Graduate or undergraduate students interested in auditioning for next semester, please call 972-883-2766 or 972-238-8703.

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Bios

 

Robert Xavier Rodríguez is "one of the major American composers of his generation" (Texas Monthly).  His music has been described as "romantically dramatic" (Washington Post), "richly lyrical" (Musical America) and "glowing with a physical animation and delicate balance of moods that combine seductively with his all-encompassing sense of humor" (Los Angeles Times). 

Rodriguez's works have been performed by conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Antal Dorati, Eduardo Mata, James DePriest, Sir Raymond Leppard, Keith Lockhart, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin and by such organizations as the New York City Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna Schauspielhaus, Israel Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and the Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Boston and Chicago Symphonies. 

He has studied with Jacob Druckman, Elliot Carter and Nadia Boulanger, and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Lili Boulangerand the Prix de Composition Prince Pierre de Monaco. Rodríguez has served as Composer-in-Residence with the San Antonio Symphony and the Dallas Symphony.  Seventeen CDs featuring his music have been recorded (1999 Grammy nomination), and his music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer. He is a University Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he holds an Endowed Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and is Director of the Musica Nova ensemble.

 

Michael McVay holds degrees from the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory (piano), the Royal College of Music in London (piano) and the University of North Texas (music theory/piano). He performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in a variety of styles and venues, and his CD Michael McVay and Friends can be heard on Dallas radio station KAAM. Previous academic positions include Lecturer at LaSalle/SIA College of the Arts in Singapore, Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Austin College, visiting faculty member in music theory at the University of North Texas and Staff Accompanist at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. McVay is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Dallas, where he also teaches music theory and serves as pianist and Assistant Director of the Musica Nova ensemble. 

 



For more information contact:
Arts and Performance Office
utdarts@utdallas.edu
972-UTD-ARTS


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