Howard Harold Hanson
During his 40-year tenure, Howard Hanson transformed the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester into one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the world. The Wahoo native premiered his most famous composition, Symphony No. 2, the Romantic, on November 28, 1930, and later composed Merry Mount, considered the first American opera, in 1934. Other Hanson works are still widely played by student and professional orchestras today.
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