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Christopher Rouse

Fri 8.2 | Symphony No. 3


Christopher Rouse is one of America's most prominent composers of orchestral music. His works have won a Pulitzer Prize in Music (in 1993 for his Trombone Concerto) and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition (in 2002 for his guitar concerto, Concert de Gaudí), as well as election to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters. Rouse has created a body of work perhaps unequalled in its emotional intensity. The New York Times has called it "some of the most anguished, most memorable music around." Stephen Wigler of the Baltimore Sun has written: "When the music history of the late 20th century is written, I suspect the explosive and passionate music of Rouse will loom large."

Born in Baltimore in 1949, Rouse developed an early interest in both classical and popular music. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and Cornell University, numbering among his principal teachers George Crumb and Karel Husa. He taught composition at the Eastman School of Music for two decades and currently teaches composition at The Juilliard School.

His music has been played by nearly every major orchestra in the U.S. and numerous ensembles overseas, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney and Melbourne symphonies, and the Austrian Radio Orchestra. Recent highlights include the world premieres of his Requiem (2007) by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Concerto for Orchestra by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (2008), the Oboe Concerto by the Minnesota Orchestra (2009), and Odna Zhizn by the New York Philharmonic (2010). Rouse’s Symphony No.3 received its premiere in May 2011 by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. In December 2012, the Chicago Symphony premiered Rouse’s trumpet concerto, Heimdall’s Trumpet. Named the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2012–13 season, Rouse premiered a new work Prospero’s Rooms, alongside performances of his Phantasmata and Seeing during the season.

The West Coast Premiere of his Symphony No. 3 on Friday, August 2, will be the twentieth of his works performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and Maestra Marin Alsop, and marks Rouse’s ninth residency at the Festival.

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