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Composer Christopher Rouse Gone at 70

Sep 23, 2019

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Former Rochester resident and long-time Eastman professor Christopher Rouse died unexpectedly on Saturday.

His wife Natasha Rouse made the announcement on his facebook page:

"I am greatly saddened to announce the death of my husband and friend, Christopher Chapman Rouse III, on September 21st at 11:27 a.m. He passed away unexpectedly due to sudden complications from his eight year battle with renal cancer.

Chris has left me with instructions regarding his passing and will I will follow them respectfully. He has asked that no religious memorial be held. Our friend retained his dry sense of humor, patience and sweetness to the end.

I hope that it is a comfort to his colleagues and students to know that he passed peacefully and in my arms.

I thank all of you for your condolences and support in the past hours."

Kindly, Natasha Rouse"

His music was praised for its bold lyricism, craftsmanship, and imagination.  Among other honors, Rouse won a Pulitzer Prize and three Grammy awards. His music was was performed by every major U.S. orchestra and more abroad. Read more here.