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Local Composers Month

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91Classical is launching its first Student Composer Fellowship. 

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Nashville Shakespeare Festival has four actors playing double duty at tricking characters into mourning. Don't worry: both The Tempest and Pericles have happy endings. But this particular deceit is set to music by local composers Jodie O'Regan and Rolan Mains.

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In celebration of 91Classical's Local Composers Month, we posed six questions to some of Nashville's classical music creators. For the final installment, get to know a little more about Michael Alec Rose, who is also an Associate Professor of Composition at the Blair School of Music.  

How would you describe your compositional style? 

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When you've been playing in a rock band for your whole career the way Ben Folds has, getting in front of a huge symphony orchestra feels completely different. 

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Each day on 91Classical, amid the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times. Celebrate the final few days of Local Composers Month by tuning in to hear Nashville composers featured during these times (they're marked with a star on the chart below), as well as throughout the day.  

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Each of the three art songs that local composer David Ragland brought to Studio C were paired with one of his arrangements of a spiritual, a structure that seemed to add meaning to both of the songs in equal measure.

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In celebration of 91Classical's Local Composers Month, we posed six questions to some of Nashville's classical music creators. This week's featured composer is Timbre Cierpke, who feels equally at home performing and composing both classical and pop music. 

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Since the early 20th century, the curious story story of Stag Lee has been woven into music, poetry in art. But local Nashville composer has taken it to the next level, giving the tale an operatic treatment.

In 1959, Lloyd Price's song about the legend of Stagger Lee reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but music about the 19th century criminal dates all the way back to 1911. Still, the details about the real-life man behind the myth are a little bit fuzzy.

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Each day on 91Classical, amid the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times. With Local Composers Month underway, keep an ear out for local composers featured during these times (they're marked with a star on the chart below), as well as throughout the day.  

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Gentle introspection at the piano from composer Cristina Spinei marked the midpoint of Local Composers Month. A change from her usual energetic fare meant for dancing, each piece brought a feeling of calm and stillness.

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