William Bolcom 80th Birthday Celebration
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:00pm
National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winning composer and pianist William Bolcom comes to Western Washington University for a weekend of concerts and masterclasses in celebration of his 80th birthday. A Seattle native, 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.
Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. - Music for Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles
Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. - Piano Music
Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. - Music for Voice & Piano, including Bolcom’s opera Lucrezia.
Joan Morris and William Bolcom will perform the following songs in the final concert, May 6:
- 5 Minicabs, William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein
- Waitin [from Cabaret Songs], Bolcom and Weinstein
- Black Max [from Cabaret Songs], Bolcom and Weinstein
- Jeepers Creepers, Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer
Tickets are available at the WWU Box Office.
Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. - Piano Masterclass (Concert Hall)
Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. - Composition Masterclass (PAC 16 - Choir Room)
Sunday, May 6 at 11 a.m. - Voice Masterclass (PAC 16 - Choir Room)
Masterclasses are free and open to the public
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