MSU Research History: World Premiere of ‘The Gardens’
2000 – The Michigan State University Symphony, Chorale and Children’s Choir perform the world premiere of Symphony No. 4, “The Gardens,” written in 1999 by Pulitzer Prize- winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
The day after the performance, the composer, the musicians and professional recording technicians from Koch International Classics began the final recording for a CD that is commercially distributed throughout the world. The four-movement, 27-minute work was commissioned through a gift by MSU alumni Jack and Dottie Withrow of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to honor the natural beauty of the gardens and campus of MSU.