Ned Rorem has been called by Time magazine "the world's best composer of art songs" * Received the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his orchestral suite Air Music * Has championed tonality throughout his career in his lyrical yet forthright music * His output spans nearly every musical medium, plus sixteen books * His recent chamber works have been toured or recorded by the Guarneri String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio, among others * Vocal works have been performed and recorded by leading artists including Susan Graham, Brian Azawa, Judy Collins, and Carole Farley
Looking Ahead: Our Town, an opera based on playwright Thornton Wilder’s classic of the same name, receives performances at Drake University in Des Moines (April 27–28) and with Colorado’s Central City Opera during a three week run in July. * The seven-movement Mallet Concerto, written for percussionist Evelyn Glennie, will be performed by the Dame herself alongside the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong on May 30.
"I conceive all music…vocally. Whatever my music is written for—tuba, tambourine, tubular bells—it is always the singer within me crying to get out." — Ned Rorem