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Illuminating Bolcom

Illuminating Bolcom — April-May 2007

In a year to be highlighted by American vocal masterpieces, the Minneapolis-based choral organization VocalEssence will crown its 2006-2007 concert season with Illuminating Bolcom. This two-week festival beginning in April 2007 will celebrate the music of Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom, who joined the teaching staff of the University of Michigan in 1973 was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1995.

Bolcom's music will be explored in events ranging from an intimate song recital to the monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience (recently honored with four Grammy Awards); from an organ recital featuring David Higgs to a Minnesota Orchestra concert conducted by Edo de Waart; from a cabaret evening with the composer himself at the piano to a live radio broadcast.

Among the artistic partners and venues involved in producing the two-week festival honoring Bolcom are VocalEssence, Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Public Radio, The Schubert Club, The Fitzgerald Theater and Orchestra Hall.

The focal point of the festival will be the first-ever multi-media staged version of Songs of Innocence and of Experience, featuring live video, multi-level sets and projected images along with almost 500 musicians on stage. There will be two performances:

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Saturday, April 28 2007 (8 pm)
Sunday, April 29, 2007 (2 pm)
Location: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Tickets: $20-$35 plus service and handling. Student tickets half-price.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ALUMS:
Discount - 25% off tickets - unlimited.
Call 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141 to order and give the code word "Michigan"
(Not valid on previously purchased tickets or with other discounts.)
For more information: http://www.illuminatingbolcom.org and http://www.vocalessence.org.

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