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A Rousing Symphony?

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse

Thursday at 8:00 PM, hear the New York Philharmonic

“I usually do not enjoy composing. It’s hard, frustrating, sometimes very painful work to get this piece out.”

—Christopher Rouse

What’s already an interesting program becomes exponentially more so with the addition of a symphony by the celebrated American composer, Christopher Rouse. Rouse had a promising start in 1978 with a teaching position at Michigan’s storied composition department, but his gifts soon landed him a post at the Eastman School, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a post at Juilliard, a Grammy Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rouse is in the midst of a two-year residency with the New York Philharmonic. This is the orchestra’s first time playing his third symphony.

Also on the New York Philharmonic broadcast, Emanuel Ax is the soloist for a concerto by Haydn, along with music whose creation seems to get more complicated by the minute; it’s a symphonic suite from Wagner’s 16-hour Ring Cycle, compiled by Erich Leinsdorf and revised by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert: Wagner-Leinsdorf-Gilbert: “A Ring Journey.”

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