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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.
Bolcom: Suite for Violin and Cello
Danbi Um and Brook Speltz, performers. The New Music in the Rose series is presented by Chamber Music Society. Listeners are invited to experience musical innovation in the intimate Rose Studio. Choose the concert time that works best for you – 6:30 or 9:00 PM.
"William Bolcom UpClose"
Claudia Schaer, violin and Marc Peloquin, piano perform works by William Bolcom, Darius Milhaud, and Drew Hemenger.
Bolcom & Morris - Lifetime Achievement Medal
Awarded annually, The Arts Alliance Medals for Arts, Sciences & Humanities honor and celebrate the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of artists, creatives, individuals.
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