“After the ‘Porgy and Bess’ encore there was one more: Philip Rothman’s elaborate arrangement of ‘America the Beautiful,’ which became, at Mr. Robertson’s urging, a singalong. The delighted audience at Carnegie Hall was happy to oblige.”

— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

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“Philip Rothman’s Arc of Visibility,’ built on a moonlight theme, imbues auras of a restless night, an impending something, pulse-quickening excitement and finally calm beauty. Rothman’s appearance on stage brought the evening’s first standing ovation for him and his atmospheric work.”

— Warren Gerds, Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette

“Rothman’s ‘Overture for Our City,’ receiving its premiere, is full of pizzazz, offbeat rhythms and timpani punctuation, with a fanfarish opening theme balanced by two attractive lyrical themes - one in cellos and horns, the other introduced by the full, richly scored string section. The music percolates along with both confidence and a sense of spontaneity, gathering itself together at the end for a convincing, satisfying coda. I would rather hear this piece again than many other staple overtures.”

— Herman Trotter, The Buffalo News

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“A sparkling world premiere ... ‘Starsplitter,’ by Philip Rothman, an effervescent work belonging to the episodic ‘color-splash’ end of the spectrum of Minimalism ... Trills and thrills yielded to glissandi and musical roller-coasters, all effectively spiced with percussive effects of every genre.”

— Peter Perret, Classical Voice of North Carolina

“‘Morningside Run’ was inspired by Rothman’s early morning runs along Riverside Drive in Manhattan. His route takes him through the Upper West Side to Morningside Heights. New York is a busy place, and the music is appropriately busy. It moves along at a good clip with lots of rhythmic energy and complexity. Rothman must run fast! I found the piece highly entertaining and enjoyable, especially as a former runner and New Yorker. [Eugene Symphony Music Director Giancarlo] Guerrero led a vigorous performance, and the orchestra responded with enthusiasm and precision.”

— Peter Bergquist, The Eugene (OR) Register-Guard

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“A fine decision in programming was manifest in Philip Rothman’s homage to Brahms, ‘Souvenir’ ... Rothman ... is a talented composer ... Rothman’s art also boasts melodic and lyric vitality without losing the echoes of Brahms’ grandeur and yes, even intimacy. The enchantment of the score (including its subtle and colorful orchestration) emerged from the symphonic complement with refinement and allure, especially from the winds and strings. If there is any justice, the music world deserves to hear much more of the music of Rothman.”

— Harvey Hess, Waterloo/Cedar Falls (IA) Courier

“In Philip Rothman’s ‘The Manhattan Chase,’ the festival orchestra brought to life the sounds of the Big Apple in a pleasing performance ... the work is full of drama, color, and charm ... actually presents a sweeping musical narration on all aspects of daily life in New York ... [conductor Michael Christie's] eloquent delivery of the syncopated rhythms in ‘The Manhattan Chase’ perfectly communicated the spirit of the enchanting work that was warmly received by the audience.”

— Sabine Kortals, The Boulder (CO) Daily Camera

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July 23, 2014: National Youth Orchestra Flexes Its Muscles at Carnegie Hall; The New York Tiimes, New York, NY

October 21, 2013: Review of How I Learned to Drive with "strong sound design" by Philip Rothman; Theatre is Easy
blog, New York, NY

September 5, 2012: NYTheatre.com Fall Preview - Our Town: Q&A with composer and sound designer Philip Rothman

April 30, 2012: Music and Silent Film: “Way Down East”; Sound and Sensibility blog

April 26, 2012: Silent film makes a loud bang; The Spectator (Hamilton College), Clinton, NY

April 16, 2012: Orchestra accompanies silent film Way Down East, April 21, at 8 p.m.; The Rome Sentinel, Rome, NY

March 12, 2012: Allentown Symphony Orchestra celebrates Lehigh County, Allentown anniversaries; The Morning Call, Lehigh Valley, PA

March 8, 2012: Eclectic music to celebrate milestones; The Morning Call, Lehigh Valley, PA

March 3, 2012: Allentown Symphony Orchestra holds a musical celebration of historic proportions:
Allentown Symphony Orchestra commissions piece to celebrate Lehigh County and Allentown anniversaries; The Morning Call, Lehigh Valley, PA

October 7, 2011: New music revives old movie; The Eagle News Online, Syracuse, NY

September 27, 2011: Renowned composer Philip Rothman to discuss his career and music Oct. 13

September 22, 2011: Philip Rothman to conduct his new score to silent film at the Syracuse International Film Festival

September 22, 2011: Le Moyne Sponsors Three Events in the Syracuse International Film Festival

September 15, 2011: Composer Philip Rothman to join Setnor School of Music Director Patrick Jones for "Conversations at Setnor: Philip Rothman on Being a Professional Composer in the 21st Century"

July 23, 2011: Review of Starsplitter; Classical Voice of North Carolina

July 3, 2011: Director: 'Special means commissioning new works'; The Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, NC

July 1, 2011: Allentown birthday celebration to highlight Symphony Hall season; The Morning Call, Allentown, PA

May 19, 2011: New York Innovative Theatre Awards Spotlight on Philip Rothman

March 17, 2011: Music Director Gerard Schwarz and Eastern Music Festival commission five world premieres to celebrate 50th anniversary season; Greensboro, NC

November 20, 2010: Review of Arc of Visibility; The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY

November 19, 2010: ‘Arc’ of triumph: BPO weekend shines light on Williamsville native’s composition; The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY

November 8, 2010: Philip Rothman, composer and Buffalo native previews Arc of Visibility at the Downtown Central Library

November 2, 2010: Buffalo Philharmonic to perform music of noted composer with local roots

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October 29, 2010: Celebrating the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary with JoAnn Falletta and Ed Yadzinski; Fanfare Magazine

September 28, 2010: New York Sibelius training sessions a success

August 10, 2010: Sibelius training sessions in New York on 25 September

July 19, 2010: Philip Rothman nominated for a 2010 New York Innovative Theatre award for Outstanding Sound Design for Proof

May 1, 2010: Philip Rothman creates music and sound design for Proof; TheaterOnline, New York, NY

April 6, 2010: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 75 Years in WNY, Buffalo, NY

April 22, 2009: Master class: Composer gives students gifts of music; The Shawano Leader, Shawano, WI

April 19, 2009: Reischl, symphony shine in spectacular finale; The Press Gazette, Green Bay, WI

April 14, 2009: Orchestra director braces for final show after eight years of conducting ensemble; The Press Gazette, Green Bay, WI

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April 3, 2009: February 2009 Composer Assistance Program Grants Announced

December 10, 2008: DePauw University Band releases seventh CD, with Philip Rothman’s Starsplitter as title track

October 20, 2008: Green Bay Symphony creates rousing opener; The Press Gazette, Green Bay, WI

March 22, 2007: USU’s Música Viva to Host Composer Philip Rothman [1] [2]

July 6, 2006: Philip Rothman selected to participate in the 2006 ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop

April 17, 2006: Philip Rothman wins a 2006 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award

November 14, 2005: Philip Rothman awarded a Music Alive Composer Residency; Playbill, New York

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April 30, 2005: Supersize Your Composer Residency; written by Philip Rothman for NewMusicBox.org

February 27, 2005: Review of Eugene Symphony performance of Morningside Run; The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR

February 20, 2005: Young Composer Plans a Busy Visit to Eugene; The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR

August 2004: Envisioning Transitioning: From 9-to-5er to Full-Time Composer; written by Philip Rothman for NewMusicBox.org

October 2, 2003: Lingering in Brahms' footsteps: Concerts to feature world premiere of work by award-winning composer; Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa

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October 2, 2003: Symphony will perform premiere of Rothman's 'Souvenir'; Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa

May 8, 2003: Banter With the Band: Composer Premieres Work With New Trier Musicians; Pioneer Press, Chicago, Illinois

April 24, 2003: The ASCAP Foundation Names Winners of the 2003 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

November/December, 2002: The third annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards were presented at a ceremony and reception at New York's Lincoln Center

May 2, 2002: The ASCAP Foundation Names Winners of the 2002 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
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