• Virgil Thomson
    American Composer & Author

Recent News

  • 13 Nov 2018

    2018 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Announced


    The legacy of classical, jazz and popular music icons - including Aaron Copland - continues to inspire award-worthy creative works. Copland is among the subjects of recently named winners of the 50th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.
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  • 31 Oct 2018

    The Washington Ballet Comes to Harman Center for the Arts


    From October 31 - November 4 at The Harman Center for the Arts in the heart of the nation's capital, The Washington Ballet will showcase its range of abilities and depth of versatility in an extraordinary program that pays tribute to the 20th century's most accomplished American modern choreographers. Contemporary Masters will include iconic works by three of the greatest influencers of modern American dance, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor.
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    The Harman Center for The Arts

  • 18 Oct 2018

    San Francisco Girls Chorus celebrates its 40-year history


    For four decades now, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has pursued an important double mission. The group has trained several generations of young women in musicianship, artistry and discipline, and it has also provided Bay Area audiences with excellent public performances across a wide range of repertoire.
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  • 11 Apr 2018

    Other Minds Festival


    April 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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    B.Way Theater 3153 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 | 7:30 pm

  • 31 Oct 2016

    Press Release: New Recording


    Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) has released a new recording of Thomson’s celebrated first opera Four Saints in Three Acts, with a libretto by Gertrude Stein, on their BMOP/Sound label. Artistic Director Gil Rose, in photo, conducts this luminous first recording of the recently-published critical edition of the score.
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  • 31 Aug 2016

    Book Review


    In this review of Library of America’s second volume of Virgil Thomson’s writings, The State of Music & Other Writings, chief classical music critic of the New York Times Anthony Tommasini reflects upon Thomson’s role in the American classical music industry. Mr. Tommasini offers a nuanced perspective on Thomson’s famously provocative writing, and on the inherent contradiction in being both an active composer and an important music critic concurrently. He leaves no doubt about the significant impact that Thomson had on the American music scene.
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  • 08 Jul 2016

    Recording Review


    The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson for Voice and Piano (Boston Globe).
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  • 03 Dec 2015

    Florestan Recital Project


    In anticipation of the release of their recording, The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson for Voice and Piano, Florestan Recital Project created this promotional video featuring commentary by Aaron Engebreth, Alison d’Amato and Scott Wheeler. Watch it now to learn more about this important recording, hailed in the Boston Globe as a “landmark contribution to musical culture”.
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Featured Music

Listen to an excerpt from the new recording of Virgil Thomson’s opera Four Saints in Three Acts performed by Boston Modern Orchestra Project with vocal soloists and chorus: Act I: Tableau IV - Tableau V.

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Listen to a track from the new recording The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson for Voice and Piano by Florestan Recital Project: “A Prayer to Saint Catherine” performed by William Hite, tenor and Linda Osborn, piano.

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