Louis Rosen is a composer, lyricist, author, performer and teacher. Albums of his songs include his solo debut, Time Was; three CDs with Capathia Jenkins: The Ache of Possibility; One Ounce of Truth (The Nikki Giovanni Songs); South Side Stories, and the forthcoming Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes. Musical Theater: Book of the Night; A Child’s Garden; and most recently, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Selected other compositions: Twelve Songs on Poems by Maya Angelou; A Child’s Garden Song Suite; It Is Still Dark: Songs of Exile; Five Riversongs; music for thirty theatrical productions, on and off Broadway and around the country, and many concert suites drawn from these scores, including Act One: a Suite in Six Parts for solo piano from the 2014 Lincoln Center Theater production. Books: the memoir/oral narrative, The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood (Ivan R. Dee, Chicago); the just-completed Crossing Genres: Music Theory from Bach and Beethoven to Gershwin, The Beatles and Beyond. Awards include a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition; the NEA New American Works Grant; ASCAP Awards, 1993-2013; a Puffin Foundation Grant; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Galileo Prize & Commission; ASCAP Awards, 1993-2015; Chicago's John W. Schmid Award, Best New Work for Book Of The Night.
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