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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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In conversation with Chamber Music Society 

CMS of Lincoln Center has been celebrating various composers' 80 years of experience, craft, and skill. They recently sat down with William Bolcom to learn more about his illustrious career, his influences, and his landmark works.

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Discography

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Previous events

Jun25

William Bolcom: Piano Quintet

Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant, 55 West Cherry Street, Walla Walla, WA

Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival presents a special evening of Bolcom's cabaret songs, ragtime, and even Hip-Hop (yes, Hip-Hop!). New music group Brave New Works will give a performance of his landmark Piano Quintet (2001). Artists: Winston Choi, piano; Timothy Christie, viola; Mary Tuuri Derby, mezzo-soprano; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Stephen Miahky, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; and MingHuan Xu, violin.

May13

William Bolcom: Concerto Grosso for Sax Quartet and Band

Marine Forces Reserve Band - 2 Perfs.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Demarius Jackson, Cond.; Marine Forces Reserve Band Sax Quartet, Soloists

May10

William Bolcom: Concerto Grosso for Sax Quartet and Band

Wisconsin Lutheran College - 1st movement only; Erin Meissner, Cond.; WLC Student Saxophone Quartet, Soloists

May3

William Bolcom: Concerto for Clarinet and Band

Rutgers University New Brunswick - Kraig Alan Williams, Cond.; Maureen Hurd, Soloist

Apr26

William Bolcom: Concerto for Trombone and Band

Dallas Wind Symphony - Jerry F. Junkin Cond.; Joseph Alessi, Soloist

Apr25

William Bolcom: First Symphony for Band

University of North Carolina Greensboro - Kevin Geraldi, Cond.

Apr24

William Bolcom: Concerto Grosso for Sax Quartet and Band

Taipei Symphony Orchestra - Performed by Taipei Symphonic Winds; Chung-Chieh Hsiao, Cond.; MIT Saxophone Ensemble, Soloists

Apr14

William Bolcom: Commedia, for Almost 18th Century Orchestra

North Shore Philharmonic - Robert Lehmann, Conductor

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.

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.

Mar9

Broadcast BBC Radio 3: Dinner at Eight

"Dinner at Eight" will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 6:30 pm (in the UK - note time difference) https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3


 

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