Musica Nova: The Eight Seasons

Robert Xavier Rodriguez Mikhail Berestnev Daniel Nix

Friday, May 3, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: University Theatre
Admission: Free
Season: 2018-19

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

The Eight Seasons

Musica Nova
Robert Xavier Rodríguez
, Director

UT Dallas Percussion Ensemble
Lori Gerard
, Director

Vivaldi: Summer
Piazzolla: Autumn
Vivaldi: Winter
Piazzolla: Spring
Cage / Harrison: Double Music
Rodríguez: Ursa: Four Seasons for Double Bass & Orchestra

Daniel Nix, Double Bass
Mikhail Berestnev, Piano
Yumiko Schlaffer, Harp
UT Dallas Students

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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). 

Rodríguez'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.

Pianist Mikhail Berestnev studied at the Russian Academy of Music, TCU (Artist Diploma) and SMU (Performance Diploma).  He has won prizes at the Delphic Games and the Stanislav Neuhaus Competitions in Russia, the Sydney International Competition, the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.  He was also a semifinalist in the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels.  He has performed with many Russian orchestras as well as the TCU, Sydney, San Angelo and Brazilian Symphonies, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.  He is also active in chamber music, including performances with musicians from leading Russian Orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre and the ensembles Moscow Virtuosi and Musica Viva.

Bassist Daniel Nix has been praised for having “a lustrous polished tone with graceful phrasing” (New York Times) and “a great lyricism and technical prowess” (Strad Magazine). Nix has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in concert halls around the world. He has worked with the legendary Gary Karr and with Ida Haendel, Peter Gabriel, Jens Lindemann and members of the Borodin and Lafayette String Quartets. Nix recently toured Europe, performing as soloist with the Estonian National Male Choir, and he recorded his debut album, Silva Caledonia. He has been a laureate member of iPalpiti Artists International since 2007, performing with leading musicians from twenty countries. He is also the founder of the Bassinova Quartet and the Saturna Trio, and he is a member of the Bravura Duo as part of his continuing commitment to expand the presence of the double bass in chamber music.

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