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Louis Rosen - Composer, Lyricist, Performer, Author

Contents

1) Albums  2) Selected Song Cycles  3) Musical Theater  4) Books

5) Awards  6) Performance Highlights 7) Music for Plays (Broadway, Off-

Broadway, Regional)  8) Concert Music & Theater Suites  9) Music for Film

 

I. Albums

Dust to Dust Blues,  fourteen-song cycle, music and lyrics by Louis Rosen (3 songs co-written with Thom Bishop). Slated for fall 2017 release on Di-tone Records 

Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues (CD, Di-tone Records™, 2016), a cycle of fourteen songs for two singers on poems by Langston Hughes. Vocalists: Alton Fitzgerald White and Capathia Jenkins. Pianist: Joe Thalken. 

Time Was (CD, Di-tone Records, 2013), a cycle of thirteen new songs with words by poets including Edwin Arlington Robinson, John Erskine, William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Sara Teasdale, Madison Cawein, Alice Cary, William Stanley Braithwaite and Lord Byron.

The Ache of Possibility (CD, Di-tone Records, 2009 – Louis Rosen & Capathia Jenkins), twelve new songs, eight with words by LR, four with words by Nikki Giovanni.

One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (CD, PS Classics, 2008 – Louis Rosen & Capathia Jenkins), thirteen new songs on poetry by Nikki Giovanni.

South Side Stories (CD, Rosecap/Di-tone Records, 2006 – Louis Rosen & Capathia Jenkins), a twelve-song cycle, music & lyrics by Louis Rosen.

 

II. Selected Song Cycles

THE BLACK LOOM TRILOGY, three song cycles on the poems of three African-American poets (2002 - 2008):

Part One - Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes (2002). Premiere: Great Hall of Cooper Union, June 2006. Vocalists: Capathia Jenkins & Alton Fitzgerald White. Pianist: Kimberly Grigsby.

Part Two - Eleven Songs on Poems by Maya Angelou (2005). Premiere: The Public Theater's Joe's Pub, March 2005. Vocalist: Capathia Jenkins. Pianist: Joseph Thalken.

Part Three - One Ounce of Truth13 songs on poems by Nikki Giovanni (2008). Dual Premiere: Harare International Arts Festival, Zimbabwe, Africa and The Public Theater's Joe's Pub, May 2008. Vocalists: Capathia Jenkins and Louis Rosen (with the Jenkins/Rosen Band.)

It Is Still Dark: Songs of Exile (Songs for Sondra - 2003), a six-song cycle with on poems by Celso Gonzalez-Falla. Premiere: Great Hall at Cooper Union, June 2006. Vocalist: Darius de Haas. Pianist: James Sampliner. (Recording in LR Archive.)

Poe Songs (2000/2014), two songs on poems by Edgar Allan Poe for tenor and piano.

A Child’s Garden Song Suite (1992), a ten-song suite on poems by Robert Louis Stevenson from “A Child’s Garden of Verses. (Recording in LR Archive.)

Five Riversongs (1985), a cycle for two singers and two pianos, on poems by Edgar Lee Masters from “Spoon River Anthology;” Dual Premiere: Museum of the City of New York and the Bruno Walter Library at Lincoln Center. (Recording in LR Archive.)

Riversongs (1980, revised 1984), a choral song cycle in six movements, on poems by Edgar Lee Masters from “Spoon River Anthology.”

Four Songs (1983), on words by Carl Sandburg, Layle Silbert and Alena Synkova; Premiere: American Society for Jewish Music concert at The 92nd Street Y. (Recording in LR Archive.)

 

III. Musical Theater

The Pearl (2013, music), book and lyrics by Arthur Perlman, adapted from the novella “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck.

A Child’s Garden (2000, music, lyrics adaptation and co-libretto), libretto with Arthur Perlman and Charlotte Maier, based on autobiographical writings of Robert Louis Stevenson. Premiere: Melting Pot Theater, Off-Broadway. 

Book of the Night (1991, revised 1997, music, co-lyrics/libretto), lyrics & libretto with Thom Bishop. Premiere: Goodman Theater, Chicago.

The Ugly Duckling (1983, music & lyrics), a one-act musical, book by Alan Rosen based on the play by A. A. Milne. Premiere: 1989 Ann Arbor Summer Arts Festival.

 

IV. Books

The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood (1998), memoir and oral narrative history. Publisher: Ivan R. Dee, Inc., Chicago, cloth and paperback (1999).

            The South Side (1999), a spoken cantata based on the book. Premiere: Theater J, Washington, D.C.; 2nd Production: George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

BEYOND CATEGORY: Music Theory from Bach through The Beatles for the Popular or Classical Musician (2015).

 

V. Selected Awards

Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition, 2005

Puffin Foundation Grant, 2006

Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Production Grant (“A Child’s Garden”), 2000

National Endowment of the Arts New American Works Grant, 1995

2nd Annual Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Music Theater Award, 1992

Annual ASCAP Awards, 1993-2017

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Galileo Prize, 2005

Anna Sosenko Trust Award, 2006

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowships, 1988-90/’92 & ‘94

New York Post Top Ten Off-Broadway for "A Child's Garden," 2000

Chicago's John W. Schmid Award, Best New Work: "Book of the Night," 1991

MAC Nomination, Song of the Year for “Seventeen on Mars,” 2004

Meet the Composer Grant via 92nd Street Y, 1985

 

VI. Performance Highlights (since 2005)

"Dream Suite" at Birdland, with Capathia Jenkins, Alton Fitzgerald White and Kimberly Grigsby, June 27, 2016.

"Karen Mason & Louis Rosen: Two Friends" at Davenport's in Chicago November 2015 - 4 shows, and The Duplex in NYC, December 2016 - 3 shows.

"Love of Song: The Music of Louis Rosen", a Retrospective. 92Y, NYC, June 15, 2015.  Vocalists: Capathia Jenkins, Darius de Haas and Karen Mason. Musicians: Kimberly Grigsby, Dave Phillips, David Mansfield, Charity Wicks. 

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, NYC (15 concerts over five multiple show runs)

Birdland Jazz Club, NYC (3 appearances)

The Great Hall at Cooper Union, NYC (2 appearances)

The Iridium Jazz Club, NYC (3 appearances)

WNYC's "Soundcheck," with host John Schaeffer (2 appearances, performance & interview)

The Metropolitan Room, NYC (5 appearances)

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Zimbabwe, Africa

Northwestern University's Lewis Theater, Evanston, IL (3 concerts)

Freight and Salvage, San Francisco, CA

The Steppenwolf Theater in Concert, Chicago, IL

The Eighth Step Concert Series at the Proctor Theater, Schenectady, NY (2 appearances)

The Gardenia Club, Los Angeles, CA

Davenport's, Chicago

Washington, D.C.'s 6th Street & I Historic Synagogue with Theater J

Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center (2 appearances)

Brooklyn's Old Stone House

Makor at the 92nd Street Y, NYC

 

VII. Music for Plays

 Broadway

Act One (2014) written and directed by James Lapine, based on the memoir by Moss Hart; Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.

The Rainmaker (1998/2000) by N. Richard Nash; Williamstown Theater Festival and Broadway, directed by Scott Ellis.

Picnic (1994) by William Inge; Roundabout Theater, Broadway, directed by Scott Ellis.

Arms and the Man (1985) by George Bernard Shaw; Circle in the Square Theater, directed by John Malkovich.

Off-Broadway

Northeast Local (1995) by Tom Doneghy; Lincoln Center Theater, directed by Gerald Gutierrez.

Titus Andronicus (1989) by William Shakespeare; New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theater, directed by Michael Maggio.

Orchards (1985-86), seven original one-act plays by Michael Weller, John Guare, Maria Irene Fornes, Spalding Gray, David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein and Samm Art Williams based on short stories by Anton Chekhov; The Acting Company, Off-Broadway, Goodman Theater and National Tour, directed by Robert Falls. 

The Art of Self-Defense (1985) by Trish Johnson; MCC, directed by Steve Albrezzi.

Young Playwrights Festival (1982 & 1984) Circle Repertory and Public Theaters, 3 one-act plays directed by Elinor Renfield.

Regional (Selected Productions)

School For Husbands (2004) by Moliere, Translation by Richard Wilbur; Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Doug Hughes.

The Little Foxes (2003) by Lillian Hellman; Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C., directed by Doug Hughes.

Coriolanus (2000) by William Shakespeare; Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Kahn.

The Bungler (2000) by Moliere, translation (world-premiere) by Richard Wilbur; Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT; directed by Doug Hughes. 

Peer Gynt (1998) by Henrik Ibsen; Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Kahn.

As You Like It (1997) by William Shakespeare; Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Lawrence Boswell.

Mother Courage and Her Children (1993, music & co-translation of lyrics) by Bertolt Brecht, translation by Haniff Kureishi; Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Michael Kahn.

The Winter's Tale (1992) by William Shakespeare; Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, directed by Doug Hughes.

Twelfth Night (1991) by William Shakespeare; Seattle Repertory Theatre, directed by Doug Hughes.

A Christmas Carol (1991-99) by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Thompson; McCarter Theatre, Princeton, directed by Scott Ellis.

The Tempest (1987) by William Shakespeare; Goodman Theatre, Chicago, directed by Robert Falls.

Galileo (1986) by Bertolt Brecht, translation by Adrian Hall and James Schevill; Goodman Theatre, directed by Robert Falls.

On the Verge (1986) by Eric Overmyer; Huntington Theater Company, Boston, directed by Pam Berlin.

Doctor Faustus (1981) by Christopher Marlowe; Oak Park Festival Theater, Chicago, directed by Patrick O’Gara.

The Winter’s Tale (1978) by William Shakespeare; Court Theater, Chicago; directed by Michael Maggio.

Macbeth (1978) by William Shakespeare; Court Theater, Chicago; directed by Patrick O'Gara.

Thesmophoriasouzae (Ladies’ Day) (1977) by Aristophanes; Court Theater, Chicago; translated and directed by D. Nicholas Rudall.

Romeo and Juliet (1977) by William Shakespeare; Oak Park Festival Theater, Chicago; directed by Dennis Zacek.

 

VIII. Concert Music/Theater Suites

Act One: a Suite in Six Parts (2015) for piano solo.

Dance WT (2014) for two pianos.

One Ounce of Truth (2013) for mixed chorus. Commission and Premiere: Kentucky State University Chorus.

Into Night and On the Verge (1993) two movements for two pianos or piano four-hands. Premiere: 92nd Street Y. (Private Collection recording)

Orchards (1987) two movements for two pianos or piano four-hands. Premiere: 92nd Street Y. (Private Collection recording)

The Winter’s Tale Suite (1984) for 8 players. Premiere: The Chicago Chamber Orchestra, William Russo, conducting.

Music for Galileo (1986) for six singers and three players.

Mother Courage Song Suite (1993) for six singers and three players.

Twelfth Night: Overture and Four Songs (1991) for baritone and four players.

Music for The Tempest (1987) for four singers and eight players.

Winter Carols (1994) for piano, four hands.

Music for Peer Gynt (1998) for six singers and nine players.

 

9. Music for Film

Act One (2015) written and directed by James Lapine for Live From Lincoln Center, PBS. Premiere: November 13, 2015.

Long Gone Charlie (1984), a film by David Davidson, Arts & Entertainment Network.

 

 

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