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Canceled Musica Nova: Music Times Three
Friday, Dec 6, 2013
8 p.m. Location: Jonsson Performance Hall

This event has been postponed due to incliment weather. Please check regularly for scheduling updates.



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.


Musica Nova: Music Times Three

Bach: Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1038

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
Brahms: Three Hungarian Dances
Bourgeois: Concerto for Three Trombones
Brahms: Trio in A Minor, Op. 114


Michael McVay, piano
UTD Students & Guest Artists




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. 




UT Dallas' Musica Nova orchestra performs music written for large and small ensembles plus multi-media and theater works of all periods under the direction of Robert Xavier Rodríguez; Michael McVay, Assistant Director.  For special events, such as tonight’s concert for full orchestra, we present professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including UTD faculty, members of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Symphony and other guest artists. Musica Nova’s regular spring and fall concerts feature student instrumentalists, singers, composers, actors, dancers and video artists from UT Dallas’ Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble class joining UTD faculty and other professional musicians.

Musica Nova guest artists have included many of tonight’s instrumental performers, including Chloé Trevor, plus singers from the New York City Opera and the 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, music accompanying film and a fully-staged commedia dell'arte pantomime.


Contact Info:
Arts and Performance Office, 972-UTD-ARTS
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