World Premiere of Christopher Rouse Symphony No. 3 this week

St Louis Symphony to Perform World Premere of Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 3 May 5-8, 2001

Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 3 will receive its world premiere with the St. Louis Symphony, led by Music Director David Robertson, at Powell Hall on Thursday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. The premiere will be followed by repeat performances on May 6-8, all paired with Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The concert on Saturday, May 7 will be broadcast live on St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 KWMU) at 8:00 p.m. CT, and will be available via live internet stream. David Robertson and Christopher Rouse will be interviewed at intermission during the live broadcast.

In his Symphony No. 3, Christopher Rouse uses Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 2 as a compositional stepping-off point, taking central aspects of the work and considering them anew. In the words of the composer, “Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 2 furnishes the old bottle into which I have tried to pour new wine.” From the two-movement form—an allegro followed by a set of variations—to its aggressive and uncompromising tone, Rouse looks to Prokofiev for the work’s structural foundation, and then recasts those very elements with his own unique compositional voice. Rouse’s Symphony No. 3 is co-commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony.

Program Information:
Thursday, May 5 at 8pm
Friday, May 6 at 8pm
Saturday, May 7 at 8pm
Sunday, May 8 at 3pm

David Robertson, conductor
Cyndia Sieden, soprano
Richard Troxell, tenor
David Adam Moore, baritone
St. Louis Symphony Chorus
   Amy Kaiser, director
The St. Louis Children’s Choirs
   Barbara Berner, director

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Symphony No. 3 (World Premiere)
ORFF Carmina Burana


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