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National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music.

He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years.  Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano, and his setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005.

As a pianist Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris.  Cabaret songs, show tunes, and American popular songs of the 20th century have been their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings.  Their 25th album,  "Autumn Leaves," was released in 2015.

In 2018, nine world premieres of Bolcom works commemorated William Bolcom's 80th birthday.

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Iris named after "Graceful Ghost" 

Horticulturist Robert Hollingworth wrote us to share a photo of the Graceful Ghost Iris, which he hybridized and named after Bolcom’s beloved ragtime piece.

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Discography

Calendar

Previous events

Composer-to-Composer Talks: William Bolcom/Gabriela Lena Frank

Online Video Stream - 5 PM EST

This new series will feature major American composers in conversation with each other about their work and leading a creative life. The intergenerational discussions will begin by exploring a single work with one composer interviewing the other. Attendees will gain insight to each work’s genesis, sound, influence on the American orchestral canon, and be invited to ask questions of the artists. Events will be live-streamed and available for on-demand viewing for seven days following the live event. 5 pm EST.

Bolcom's Lucrezia at Glenn Gould School Fall Opera

Mazzoleni Concert Hall, The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St W, , Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Students from The Glenn Gould School’s vocal program perform two one-act operas, led by Music Director Peter Tiefenbach. Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins is the satirical story of two sisters, Anna I, a practical and cynical singer, and Anna II, an emotional and impulsive but mysterious dancer. Lucrezia, a chamber opera by composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell, is a zarzuela riff on Machiavelli’s La Mandragola, where the comedy’s heroine Lucrezia, an intelligent seductress, takes charge of her own destiny. Reduced Capacity and Special Ticketing Structure for Safe Physical Distancing.

William Bolcom Presentation: Fred Fox School of Music Visiting Composers Series

Zoom (check music.arizona.edu for link)

University of Arizona MUSIC + FESTIVAL 2020 presents Fred Fox School of Music Visiting Composers Series: William Bolcom, presenter. All festival events are free and open to the public. Go to https://music.arizona.edu/news/music-festival-2020-gershwin-reich-bolcom/ for more information.

Songs of Gershwin and Bolcom

Live Stream from University of Arizona Crowder Hall (check music.arizona.edu for link)

University of Arizona MUSIC + FESTIVAL 2020 presents Songs of Gershwin and Bolcom – Jeremy Huw Willliams, baritione; Paula Fan, piano. All festival events are free and open to the public. Go to https://music.arizona.edu/news/music-festival-2020-gershwin-reich-bolcom/ for more information. NOTE - Events are Pacific Daylight Time.

Piano Music of Gershwin, Reich and Bolcom

Live Stream from University of Arizona Crowder Hall (check music.arizona.edu for link)

University of Arizona MUSIC + FESTIVAL 2020 presents Piano Music of Gershwin, Reich and Bolcom with Michael Dauphinais; Daniel Linder, piano. All festival events are free and open to the public. Go to https://music.arizona.edu/news/music-festival-2020-gershwin-reich-bolcom/ for more information. NOTE - Events are Pacific Daylight Time.

Chamber Music and Song of Gershwin, Reich and Bolcom

Live Stream from University of Arizona Crowder Hall (check music.arizona.edu for link)

University of Arizona MUSIC + FESTIVAL 2020 presents Chamber Music and Song of Gershwin, Reich and Bolcom with Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo-soprano; Paula Fan, piano; Morris Palter, percussion; Timothy Kantor, violin; Elena Miraztchiyska, piano. All festival events are free and open to the public. Go to https://music.arizona.edu/news/music-festival-2020-gershwin-reich-bolcom/ for more information. NOTE - Events are Pacific Daylight Time.

Symposium: The Music of George Gershwin, Steve Reich and William Bolcom

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Zoom (check music.arizona.edu for link)

University of Arizona MUSIC + FESTIVAL 2020 presents a symposium with William Bolcom; Russell Hartenberger; Joseph Horowitz, presenters. All festival events are free and open to the public. Go to https://music.arizona.edu/news/music-festival-2020-gershwin-reich-bolcom/ for more information. NOTE - Events are Pacific Daylight Time.

Bolcom: Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra

Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI

Associate Conductor Yaniv Dinur leads the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in this concert, which includes a jazz-infused violin concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, performed here by the MSO’s own Ilana Setapen.

Bolcom: Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra

Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI

Associate Conductor Yaniv Dinur leads the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in this concert, which includes a jazz-infused violin concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, performed here by the MSO’s own Ilana Setapen.

May5

Bolcom (various works): 90th Anniversary of the Fondation des Ètats-Unis, Paris

Fondation des États-Unis, 15 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

Concert to Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Fondation des Ètats-Unis on May 5th in the Grand Salon, Paris. The recital includes selections from: Cabaret Songs (Lauren Libaw, soprano, Nicky Purser, piano); Spring Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (Jennifer Schiller, violin, Sarah Ghandour, cello, John Kamfonas, piano); Twelve New Études (Jay Gotleib, piano) and Cello Suite No. 1 in C Minor (Hilary Metzger, cello).


 

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