Part of SA1 Saturday Evening 1
Christopher Rouse: Organ Concerto (West Coast premiere, LA Phil co-commission) (c. 18 minutes) Excerpts from Earlier Concertos by Rouse Program Notes
About This Performance
St. Louis Symphony conductor David Robertson rounds up three perspectives on music from the New World, beginning with one of the most original musical thinkers this country has ever produced, Charles Ives. Maintaining a successful insurance career by day, Ives integrated the hymn tunes and traditional American songs of his youth with European art music and modernist techniques he invented that predated their “discovery” in Europe by decades.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Christopher Rouse, a neo-romantic who uses both tonal and non-tonal elements, composed his Organ Concerto for our soloist Paul Jacobs, one of the world’s greatest organists.
To conclude, we hear the beloved symphony wherein Dvořák shows U.S. composers how the wealth of homegrown materials available to them from Native American and African American sources can be harvested for a truly authentic American classical music.
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