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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 recently on White Pine Records. 

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Discography

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Jun29

"The Class of 1938" - Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano; Huw Watkins piano

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Stree, London, UK

One link connects the composers in Lucy Schaufer’s show – they were all born in 1938. The American mezzo celebrates their 80th birthdays and their music’s dazzling diversity, complete with a John Corigliano world première.

Jul6

Grant Park Festival: Sym. #4 and “Machine” from Sym. #5

Grant Park Music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, Il

Guest conductor Dennis Russell Davies pairs Tchaikovsky’s acclaimed Fifth Symphony with two works by American composer, William Bolcom, in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. Grant Park Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, Guest Conductor; Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo Soprano; Sym. #4 and “Machine” from Sym. #5.

Jul7

Grant Park Festival: Sym. #4 and “Machine” from Sym. #5

Grant Park Music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, Il

Guest conductor Dennis Russell Davies pairs Tchaikovsky’s acclaimed Fifth Symphony with two works by American composer, William Bolcom, in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. Grant Park Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, Guest Conductor; Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo Soprano; Sym. #4 and “Machine” from Sym. #5.

 

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