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St. Louis Symphony Extra - an interview with Christopher Rouse

Composer Christopher Rouse.
(via St. Louis Symphony/copyright Jeffrey Herman)
Composer Christopher Rouse.


Feeling a little down without the St. Louis Symphony broadcast this weekend? Well, we have a little something to feed your need for a classical connection.

David Robertson  and the St. Louis Symphony performed the world premiere of Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 3 in concerts May 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Powell Hall - today, we have a little bit more for you from that night - an extended interview with Rouse.

Rouse was in St. Louis for the premiere and had this conversation with St. Louis Symphony publications manager Eddie Silva just after witnessing a rehearsal of his new work. Portions of the conversation were presented during St. Louis Public Radio's live broadcast of the concert on May 7

A native of Baltimore, Rouse has a long relationship with the St. Louis Symphony dating back to 1983 when Leonard Slatkin conducted the orchestra in his "Infernal Machine."  The St. Louis Symphony has commissioned several works from Rouse and was a co-commissioner of the Symphony No. 3. 

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.