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Composition by CSU alumnus Corey Rubin will have world premiere at Carnegie Hall

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice – or so goes the punch line to an old joke.

Writing an outstanding piece of music also might lead you to the world-famous New York City venue. Just ask Cleveland State University alumnus Corey Rubin. His original composition, After the Dazzle of Day, will have its world premiere Friday, February 7, at Carnegie Hall, where the piece will be performed by musicians from Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” Rubin told ENGAGED. “This is like nothing else. To have your own music performed there is the biggest thrill for any composer.”

Rubin, who plans to attend the premiere, is no stranger to Carnegie Hall. He performed there himself several years ago as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.

Rubin graduated from CSU in 2013 with a bachelor of music degree in composition. He currently is pursuing a master of music degree in composition at Indiana University.

Another CSU alumnus, Robert Judge, is director of choruses at Duxbury High School. He recommended Rubin for the Carnegie Hall commission.

After the Dazzle of Day will showcase the Duxbury High School wind ensemble and string ensemble, as well as a chorus from the school. The celebratory piece features settings of poems by Walt Whitman and Richard Eugene Burton.

“It’s a kaleidoscope of sunsets and sunrises, dark music and bright music,” said the multitalented Rubin, whose compositional skills aren’t confined to music. On the side, he writes crossword puzzles, which have been published in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

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