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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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Just announced: All Terrain String Festival: Bolcom 4X4 

A jam-packed festival celebrating the depth and breadth of string quartet composition and performance, featuring four of the world’s most diverse and celebrated quartets performing works by classic and modern composers. Compositions by William Bolcom and the stellar playing of The Shanghai Quartet are featured at every performance. Presented at the Alexander Kasser Theater  by Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

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Discography

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Moores Opera Center: Dinner at Eight

The University of Houston School of Music, 3333 Cullen Blvd, Room 120 , Houston, TX 77204-4017

An invitation to a sophisticated Manhattan dinner party proves to be a recipe for disaster. Based on the comedy-drama that spawned an all-star classic film, this new opera, premiered in 2017, lovingly pays homage to the Broadway of the 1930s and boasts a large cast of memorable characters. Moores Opera Center; Buck Ross, Director.

Moores Opera Center: Dinner at Eight

The University of Houston School of Music, 3333 Cullen Blvd, Room 120 , Houston, TX 77204-4017

An invitation to a sophisticated Manhattan dinner party proves to be a recipe for disaster. Based on the comedy-drama that spawned an all-star classic film, this new opera, premiered in 2017, lovingly pays homage to the Broadway of the 1930s and boasts a large cast of memorable characters. Moores Opera Center; Buck Ross, Director.

Apr7

Moores Opera Center: Dinner at Eight

The University of Houston School of Music, 3333 Cullen Blvd, Room 120 , Houston, TX 77204-4017

An invitation to a sophisticated Manhattan dinner party proves to be a recipe for disaster. Based on the comedy-drama that spawned an all-star classic film, this new opera, premiered in 2017, lovingly pays homage to the Broadway of the 1930s and boasts a large cast of memorable characters. Moores Opera Center; Buck Ross, Director.


 

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