An American Legend: Composer William Bolcom at 80 

An interview with classical music radio host Jennifer Hambrick of WOSU Public Media, Columbus, OH 

He was pivotal in reviving the American musical genre of ragtime. He has composed music in a range of styles that all but erases the lines between art music and popular music. 

And he has taught and mentored some of the foremost composers in America today — including some working right here in Central Ohio. 

Now, he's turning 80. I'd say that's cause for celebration. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer William Bolcom celebrates his birthday this Saturday, May 26. 

Enjoy a 6-minute interview online at