8 p.m. Location: Lecture Hall, Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building
Join us for the Inaugural Concert at the new Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building featuring the world premiere of Robert Xavier Rodríguez's De Rerum Natura, commissioned by UT Dallas for this special occasion. Guest violinist Chloé Trevor and the Musica Nova Orchestra, conducted by Robert Xavier Rodríguez, will also perform W. A. Mozart's Overture to The Impresario, K. 486 and Violin Concerto in A Major, K. 219.
Chloé Trevor is one of the rising stars on today’s international violin scene. Critics have acclaimed her “dazzling technique,” “excellent musicianship,” “huge tone,” “poise and professional grace” and “a bold personality unafraid to exult in music and ability.” Silver medalist of the 2008 Ima Hogg Competition, Chloé Trevor has won the Cleveland Institute of Music 2007 Concerto Competition, the 2006 Lynn Harrell Competition, the 2005 Lennox Competition and the 2003 Dallas Symphonic Festival Competition.
Trevor has been a featured soloist at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, the Music in the Mountains Festival, the Young Prague Festival, the Fine Arts Chamber Players of Dallas and on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program. She has performed a wide range of concertos with such orchestras as the Lutoslawski Filharmonie (Poland), the Teplice Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Latvian Chamber Orchestra, the Slovak State Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Missouri Symphony, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Plano Symphony and the Houston and Dallas Symphony Orchestras.
The daughter of conductor Kirk Trevor and Heidi Trevor Itashiki, Dallas Symphony violinist, she began her violin studies at age two with her mother and later studied with Arkady Fomin. She holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with David and Linda Cerone, and from Rice University studying with Kenneth Goldsmith. Trevor plays a Carlos Landolfi violin made in Italy in 1771.
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 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 and is 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.