Happy 75th Birthday to Poul Ruders

Happy 75th Birthday to Poul Ruders
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March 27, 2024 we celebrate Poul Ruders 75th birthday.

From his serene rural home to concert halls worldwide, Ruders' music captivates audiences with its rich blend of emotions, ranging from apocalyptic themes to uplifting melodies and vibrant orchestral arrangements. Poul Ruders’ music has it all. With a career spanning 45 years, Ruders might not have been the most productive composer, but with five operas, concertos and works for every ensemble imaginable, he has proven capable of writing music engaging musicians and audiences alike.


Five key works, from orchestral to chamber

Dive into the Danish composer's musical world right here with five of Ruders' most remarkable works.


Performances in 2024


After a spectacular Birthday Concert with Rudersdal Chamber Players on March 3, many concerts and premieres await 

German Premiere of The Handmaid's Tale

June 28 - July 13
Theater Freiburg
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Hindsgavl Festival

July 2-9 Hindsgavl Castle, Denmark
The Festival celebrates Poul Ruders' 75th birthday with 2 concerts

- July 4 with Rudersdal Chamber Players
- July 5 with pianist Kristoffer Hyldig

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The Handmaid's Tale with the San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera 
Karen Kamensk, conductor
John Fulljames, stage director
Irene Roberts, Offred
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World Premiere of Five Short Pieces

September 20, 2024
Five Short Pieces for free-standing Organ Positive and String Ensemble. 
Commissioned by organist Peter Navarro-Alonso and Vor Frelsers Kirke for the Nordic Church Music Symposium in Copenhagen

World Premiere of Ruders' latest symphony

November 21, 2024
Symphony No.6
Odense Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Lichtenstein, conductor
More info

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