|Ravinia Steans Music Institute Program for Singers: William Bolcom and Friends|| Bennett-Gordon Hall
Highland Park, IL
Details of Bolcom and the Ticket Luck value
Though holiday season is winding down, the music scene in Massachusetts is as always roaring. Named ‘Composer of the Year’ in 2007 by Musical America as well as winning multiple Grammys for his ground-breaking musical compositions, William Bolcom is a composer of concertos, cabaret songs, sonatas, symphonies and operas among a lot more. William Bolcom is going to grace the stage at the famed Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA with his mesmerizing live performance. The show will be held on August 8th, 2014 and fans have already started rushing to get their Bolcom tickets.
The earliest compositions of Bolcom employed serial technique, under several other composers’ influence including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez. In 1960s, William slowly embraced a diverse use of a vast range of musical styles. William Bolcom is regarded as a highly versatile contemporary American composer who writes piano works, concertos, chamber music, symphonies and opera. His compositions display a mystery of several different compositional styles. Describing Charles Ives as his major influence, William’s compositions showcase a hint of his works. William is also a fantastic performer and his recordings of Gershwin’s complete piano music were named Record of the Year by Stereo Review in 1973.
As a pianist William Bolcom he has recorded for Jazzology, Advance, Musical Heritage, Vox, Omega and Nonesuch. With Joan Morris, who is his wife and a mezzo-soprano, William has performed in live concerts for four decades all through North America and abroad. The pair’s main specialties in both recordings and concerts are show tunes, cabaret songs and twentieth century popular songs of America.
The couple has also recorded more than two dozen albums. “After The Ball” was their first record together, which earned them a Grammy nomination. William, as a solo composer has won many Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his Twelve New Etudes for piano.
William’s career is not only limited to composing music but he has also served as a music teacher at the University of Michigan. He used to teach composition at the university from 1973 to 2008. In 1983, he was titled as a full professor and became the Chairman of the Composition Department. In 2008, Bolcom retired from the teaching profession. After that, William’s Eighth Symphony was premiered in the same year, by Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Also during the same time, Johannes String Quartets and the Guarneri premiered his Octet: Double Quartet. William Bolcom’s other 2008 premieres include Ballade, Lucrezia, Four Piedmont Choruses and A Song for St. Cecilia's Day. In 2009, First Symphony for Band was premiered. Shakyamuni, Introduzione e Rondo: HAYDN GO SEEK and Lady Liberty were all premiered in the same year. 2010 saw the premieres of Romanza, Prometheus and La fantome du Clavecin. Most of William’s works were premiered in 2012, which include Second Piano Quintet, Chestnuts, Gettysburg, The Jersey Side and many more. William’s recent recordings include From the Diary of Sally Hemings, penned in collaboration with playwright Sandra Seaton.
As a composer William has penned four violin sonatas, three operas including A View from the Bridge, A Wedding and McTeague. Besides this, William has also penned nine symphonies, many musical theater operas, two film scores, eleven string quartets, minor music for stage plays and much more. The earlier works of Bolcom is celebrated today by VocalEssence in the form of a tribute. The two-week festival in St. Paul, Minnesota and Minneapolis was celebrated in 2007 with nine various performances along with many master classes as part of the festival. The setting of the songs Innocence and of Experience by William Blake was the spotlight performance, which Bolcom covered and performed in an orchestra. As the great composer announces his performance, Bolcom tickets are the most sought after. Fans come rushing to watch his live performances that surely are worth watching.