Composer Paul Rudy Absorbs Sounds of Rome in New Composition

The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, awards fellowships known as "the Rome Prize" to a select group of artists and scholars each year. The award gives America's finest talents the opportunity to spend a year in Italy pursuing their own work.

ROME, Italy – This year, Kansas City composer Paul Rudy, also a professor at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, was awarded the Elliot Carter Rome Prize Fellowship. He's been in Rome since the fall. And like many composers before him, Rudy has found a special compositional voice in Rome.

Reporter Anna Celenza has caught up with Paul Rudy in Rome, and sent us this report. Rudy returns to Kansas City in August.

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