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Robert Xavier Rodriguez   

***Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate


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Six Songs of E.E. Cummings, Rebecca Duren, soprano, Michael McVay, piano, University of Texas at Dallas, April 2011; also, soprano-marimba, New England Conservatory, April 2011.  Omaggio al Divino, Enric Madriguera, Eddie Healy, guitars, University of Texas, Dallas, April 2011.


Suor Isabella, San José State University, May 2011. We, the People, Dayton Philharmonic, Neal Gittleman, conductor, May 2011.  The Dot and the Line, Fulcrum Point Ensemble, Stephen Burns, conductor, Christina Pawlowski, narrator, June 2011. Tentado de la samba, Jesús Castro-Balbi, cello, Gloria Lin, piano, Music in the Mountains, July 2011. Three Lullabies, Enric Madriguera, guitar, Valencia, Spain, Dec. 2011.


See Premieres (above), all works published by G. Schirmer.


El día de los muertos, American Music for Percussion 1, New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Frank Epstein, conductor, April 2011.




El dia de los muertos by University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble in Urbana, IL on 4/11/10.  The Dot and the Line, Jamie Bernstein, Narrator in the Music from Copland House Series at the Copland House at Merestead in Merestead, NY on 4/25/10.  Bachanale (piano 4-hands version) at the Salkind International Piano Duo Festival in San Francisco, CA on 7/10/10.  Tentado por la samba at NACUSA Texas in Dallas, TX on 9/17/10.  Meta 4 at the The Menuhin School/Yorke Dance Project in Surrey and London, England on 10/14 – 11/3/10.



Mexico’s leading newspaper, Reforma, named Rodríguez “Composer of the Year.”


The commissioned work Sor(tri)lège was introduced by the Clavier Trio February 8, 2008, at the University of Texas, Dallas, and given repeat performances February 10 in Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, NY, and July 28 at the Music in the Mountains Festival, Durango, CO.


Pianist Jeff Lankov performed Excerpts from Estampie March 7, 2008, New York University, and Fantasia Lussuriosa, August 27 at the same venue. Piñata was heard in an April 27 concert by the Phoenix (AZ) Symphony. The Hudson Vagabond puppets gave multiple performances of Monkey See, Monkey Do during their spring tour. La Curandera was presented by Opera Colorado June 14, at the National Performing Arts Conference; the work was subsequently performed on tour, and later received the Bravo! Diversity Award from Opera America.


Three Lullabies, guitar solo; Lull-A-Bear, cello and piano; Sor(tri)lège, piano trio; all by G. Schirmer.


Bachanale for two piano, recorded by Takeda and Nakai.



Robert Xavier Rodríguez celebrated the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in 2006 with premieres of three major works commissioned for the occasion. On the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed Musical Dice Game, conducted by Andrew Litton. The work is a set of variations for two string quartets and two string orchestras on themes by Mozart. A second round of performances followed in May at the Dayton Philharmonic, conducted by Neal Gittleman. In May, Opera Colorado performed Rodríguez’s one-act comic opera La Curandera in a production supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Opera America. The composer conducted the first four performances of the opera, which was presented on a double bill with Mozart’s first opera, Bastien und Bastienne. The libretto of La Curandera, by Mary Medrick, follows the same story as Mozart’s opera, but in a contemporary Mexican setting. The second production of La Curandera is scheduled for 2007 at the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, CA. May 20-21, the Dayton Philharmonic premiered his Agnus Dei for Mozart’s unfinished Mass in C-Minor, conducted by Neal Gittleman – also an NEA supported commission. The composer’s website may be found at


Five commissioned works were introduced by the commissioning ensembles in 2006: Musical Dice Game, for two string quartets and two string orchestras, April 20, Dallas (TX) Symphony conducted by Andrew Litton; La Curandera, a one-act opera for young audiences, May 13, Opera Colorado, conducted by the composer, Denver, CO; Agnus Dei for Mozart’s unfinished Mass in C-Minor, May 19, Dayton (OH) Philharmonic under the direction of Neal Gittleman; Son Risa, harp solo commissioned and premiered by Elisabeth Remy at the American Harp Society in San Francisco, CA; and El dia de los muertos, for percussion ensemble, December 3, New England Conservatory conducted by Frank Epstein, Boston, MA.


A Colorful Symphony was heard in concerts given by the Kansas City (MO) Symphony, while The Dot and the Line was heard in a performance conducted by Jack Delaney at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, and at the Bowdoin (ME) International Music Festival with narrator Wes Sanders and the composer conducting. The San Antonio (TX) Mastersingers, led by John Silantien, presented Con Flor y Canto on April 8. Musical Dice Game was given a performance by the Dayton (OH) Philharmonic on May 2, under the direction of Gittleman.


Musical Dice Game, two string quartets and two string orchestras; La Curandera, one-act opera for young audiences; Agnus Dei, for Mozart’s unfinished Mass in C-Minor; Son Risa, solo harp; El dia de los muertos, for percussion ensemble; all by G. Schirmer.


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