Dallas’s Newest Contemporary Music Series Continues with Acclaimed Guests Matt Albert and Thomas Rosenkranz
Dallas’s newest contemporary music series, The [Untitled] Festival, continues its inaugural season on Thursday, March 28 at 8:00 PM with a free performance the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The evening will feature works exclusively by living composers, including John Luther Adams, Lera Auerbach, and John Adams. The program will include performances by guest artists Matt Albert, violinist, and Thomas Rosenkranz, pianist, in conjunction with some of the area’s most accomplished young professionals.
Call “preposterously talented” by Time Out Chicago, Matt Albert is the Director of Chamber Music and of SYZYGY at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He was a founding member of eighth blackbird, with whom he received numerous awards, including first prizes at Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman and Fischoff Competitions, and three Grammy awards for their recordings on Cedille Records. He has worked with artists as diverse as Meredith Wonk, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, and Wilco. He is a member of the Cabrillo Festival ORchestra, where he currently holds the principal second violin chair under Marin Alsop, and he has been on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival since 2012.
Pianist Thomas Rosenkranz has performed on four continents and is in demand internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist-teacher. He is the recipient of the Classical Music Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association. As a Cultural Ambassador sponsored by the U.S. Department of State he often travels to North Africa and the Middle East promoting goodwill through his performance of masterclasses. He has been featured in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Miller Theatre, (Le) Poisson Rouge, as well as at festivals worldwide at Lincoln Center, June in Buffalo, Music in the Mountains, Intermedia, Shanghai New Music Week, Hell Hot! in Hong Kong, Vianden in Luxembourg, and the Carthage International and October Musicale in Tunisia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, the National Orchestra of Beirut, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle.
The [Untitled] Festival, developed by Southern Methodist University students James Ryan Jillson, Katrina Leshan, and Shannon Dalatorre, aimes to uniquely engage Dallas audiences by providing contemporary performances, thought-provoking discussions, and educational initiatives, all open to the public and free of charge. The series has been made possible in part by a grant from Big iDeas at SMU and is generously supported by the Meadows Museum. Official after-parties take place at the locally renowned bar and bistro The People’s Last Stand located at nearby Mockingbird Station.