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CCM Professor's Compositions Receive New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall This Month


On Nov. 17, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall will feature the chamber music of CCM faculty member Miguel Roig-Francolí in a performance commemorating the composer's 60th birthday.

Date: 11/1/2013 12:00:00 PM
By: Curt Whitacre
Phone: (513) 556-2683
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CCM Professor of Music Theory and Composition Miguel Roig-Francolí.
CCM Professor of Music Theory and Composition Miguel Roig-Francolí.

New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall will host a unique birthday celebration on Sunday, Nov. 17, as pianist Adam Kent and special guests present an evening of music by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Professor of Music Theory and Composition Miguel Roig-Francolí, presented in honor of the composer’s 60th anniversary.

The program will include the New York City premieres of Roig-Francolí’s Cinco Canciones con los Ojos Cerrados for soprano and piano, Sonata for violoncello and piano, and Songs of Light and Darkness for piano trio. Cincinnati audiences received a preview of this program at CCM on Oct. 8.

As Roig-Francolí explained to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Janelle Gelfand, “A monographic Carnegie Hall recital is a very exciting event for any musician, let alone a composer – the type of event that happens only every 60 years, if it does at all. So I feel fortunate, grateful, humbled and excited that several institutions and a fabulous roster of performers have teamed together to make this possible.”

The Carnegie Hall performance will feature Jennifer Roig-Francolí, violin; Julia MacLaine, cello; Abigail Santos Villalobos, soprano; Adam Kent, piano; and the Damocles Trio (Airi Yoshioka, violin; Sibylle Johner, cello; Adam Kent, piano).

Mary Ellyn Hutton called the Oct. 8 preview performance “engrossing” in her review for Music in Cincinnati, commenting that “each work on the program was directly appealing and was marked by superb craftsmanship and vibrant color.” You can read Hutton’s full review of the concert at www.musicincincinnati.com.

Learn more about the Carnegie Hall performance courtesy of Cincinnati.com. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the Carnegie Hall performance, visit www.carnegiehall.org.

The concert is presented by the Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics (Government of the Balearic Islands, Spain), in collaboration with The Foundation for Iberian Music (The Graduate Center, City University of New York), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Spain Culture New York, Consulate General of Spain in New York: member of the network Spain Arts & Culture.

About Miguel Roig-Francolí
Born in Ibiza, Spain, in 1953, Miguel A. Roig-Francolí, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Theory and Composition at CCM. His work as a composer, music theorist, musicologist and pedagogue has been recognized internationally. His compositions have been widely performed in Spain, England, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, France, Colombia and the United States. He has published more than 20 articles in leading scholarly journals and collections of essays in the U.S.A., England, Italy and Spain, on topics ranging from 16th century compositional theory and the music of Spanish Renaissance composers Antonio de Cabezón and Tomás Luis de Victoria to the music of György Ligeti. Roig-Francolí is the author of two textbooks published by McGraw-Hill and widely used at universities in the U.S. and Canada. The recently issued Chinese translation of Understanding Post-Tonal Music is quickly becoming the standard post-tonal textbook at major Chinese conservatories.

Among his many honors are first prize at the National Composition Competition of the Spanish Jeunesses Musicales (1981) and second prize at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (Paris, 1982), both for Five Pieces for Orchestra. He also won the Medal of Honor from the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands (Spain, 2004), the University of Cincinnati’s A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), UC's George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works (2009) and the Ramón Llull Prize from the Government of the Balearic Islands (2010). Roig-Francolí was the 2013 recipient of UC’s Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. You can learn more about that award at magazine.uc.edu.