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William Bolcom

The Great Dream: An American Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

We're in for a wild ride the next few years. Some really great operas are going to be produced. The Great Dream is coming true.

Composer Jake Runestad's Dreams of the Fallen -- A Veterans Day Happening at the National WWII Museum

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

The work is a unique tribute to war veterans. At its core is the story of a soldier returning home and absorbing back into everyday life. The libretto for the chorus is taken from the poetry of Brian Turner, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. The music of the pianist represents and reveals the soldier.

"Aren't You Ashamed?": William Bolcom's Angry Song on Senators' Defeat of Gun Safety Legislation

Norman MacAfee | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Norman MacAfee

The opera librettist Mark Campbell emailed me on April 20 to spread the word about a new song, William Bolcom's "Aren't You Ashamed?" Bolcom wrote i...