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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

Dec7

Bolcom (and others) Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini)

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , 2700 F Street, NW , Washington, DC 20566

When former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin led the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he commissioned a set of variations—each from a different living American composer—on the famous Paganini Caprice No. 24. In honor of Slatkin’s 75th birthday season, a number of orchestras, including the NSO, have each commissioned an additional variation to create a new, expanded version of the work.

Dec5

Bolcom (and others): Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini)

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , 2700 F Street, NW , Washington, DC 20566

When former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin led the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he commissioned a set of variations—each from a different living American composer—on the famous Paganini Caprice No. 24. In honor of Slatkin’s 75th birthday season, a number of orchestras, including the NSO, have each commissioned an additional variation to create a new, expanded version of the work.

Oct13

Bolcom (and others): Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini) [World Premiere]

Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor. World Premiere of "Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini)" - with variations by Claude Baker, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Guillaume Connesson, John Corigliano, Donald Erb, Cindy McTee, Joseph Schwantner, Leonard Slatkin, and Joan Tower

Oct12

Bolcom (and others): Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini) [World Premiere]

Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor. World Premiere of "Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini)" - with variations by Claude Baker, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Guillaume Connesson, John Corigliano, Donald Erb, Cindy McTee, Joseph Schwantner, Leonard Slatkin, and Joan Tower

Sep6

A Tribute to Roger Chard and Maurita Holland

Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Come and enjoy extraordinary instrumental and vocal music from friends Penny Fischer, Paul Fine, Bill Burnham and members of the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Orchestra (and yes, Roger and Maurita will perform, too). Works by Mozart, William Bolcom, Jerome Kern, and Cole Porter, with a reception to follow!

Aug3

William Bolcom: Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra

Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Insurgentes Sur 3000, Mexico City, Mexico

Orquesta Sinfonica de Minari; Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor.; Philippe Quint, violin

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


 

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