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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 recently on White Pine Records.
European Premiere: Dinner At Eight
Wexford Festival Opera presents European premiere of Dinner at Eight; Music by William Bolcom. Libretto by Mark Campbell. Based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. David Agler, Music Director.
Bolcom: Quintet No. 1 for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello
The fabled Emerson String Quartet is joined by the formidable pianist Shai Wosner for collaborative works by a pair of prolific geniuses: Mozart and Bolcom. Presented by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Wexford Festival Opera: Dinner at Eight
Wexford Festival Opera presents Dinner at Eight; Music by William Bolcom. Libretto by Mark Campbell. Based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. David Agler, Music Director.