Performance Friday, April 15, 2011 | 7 PM

Making Music: Christopher Rouse

Zankel Hall
A concert of chamber music by the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer. It includes what Rouse calls a “savage, propulsive war dance” in honor of a Hawaiian war god, and the New York premiere of his String Quartet No. 3, a Carnegie Hall co-commission.


  • Bridget Kibbey, Harp
  • Calder Quartet
    ·· Ben Jacobson, Violin
    ·· Andrew Bulbrook, Violin
    ·· Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
    ·· Eric Byers, Cello
  • Commentary by Christopher Rouse
  • David Skidmore, Percussion
  • James Michael Deitz, Percussion
  • Jared Soldiviero, Percussion
  • Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor
  • Jeremy Geffen, Series Moderator
  • John Ostrowski, Percussion
  • Molly Morkoski, Piano
  • Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute
  • Todd Palmer, Clarinet


  • Ku-Ka-Ilimoku
  • Rotae Passionis
  • String Quartet No. 3 (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • Compline


Rouse Compline
Calder Quartet with Daniel Alexander, Flute / Sivan Magen, Harp / Alicia Lee, Clarinet 

At a Glance

While Christopher Rouse is largely known for his orchestral music, he also claims several impressive chamber works, four of which are presented this evening.

Rouse’s early percussion quartet is a primal dance motivated by the Hawaiian god of war.

Rotae Passionis
Drawing inspiration from the work of Northern Renaissance painters, this expressive work depicts the Crucifixion from the perspective of Christ as a human rather than Christ as the Son of God.

String Quartet No. 3
This new quartet—Rouse’s first chamber work in more than a decade—deliberately demands a higher level of performer virtuosity than any other work he has written.

Scored for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet, Compline is a single-movement work in four sections that takes its name from the final church service of the day in the Roman Catholic tradition of canonical hours.

Program Notes
Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP
This performance is part of Making Music.