Musica Nova: Musical Fireworks

Robert Xavier Rodriguez Michael McVay

Friday, April 24, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Musica Nova

Musical Fireworks

A Celebration of Bach and Händel

Michael McVay, Keyboard
UTD Students & Guest Artists

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major           
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
for Violin, Two Flutes, Harpsichord and Strings, BWV 1049

  • Allegro
  • Andante
  • Presto

Passacaglia for Violin and Cello                                    
Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935)
After George Frideric Händel’s Suite in G Minor for Harpsichord

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major                                           
Johann Sebastian Bach
for Flute, Violin, Piano and Strings, BWV 1050

  • Allegro
  • Affettuoso
  • Allegro


Music for the Royal Fireworks for Orchestra        
Georg Frideric Händel (1685-1759)           

  • Ouverture
  • Bourrée
  • La Paix
  • La Réjouissance
  • Menuet


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.

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 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, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Boston and Chicago Symphonies.  He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Lili Boulanger and 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. 

Pianist Michael McVay performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in a wide range of musical styles and venues.  He 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).  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 and Staff Accompanist at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he also teaches music theory and serves as pianist and Assistant Director of the Musica Nova ensemble.

Students from the University’s Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez.

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