Virgil Thomson

Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896 – September 30, 1989) was an American composer and music critic. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was a prodigious child, later studying the piano work of Erik Satie at Harvard. After studying for a year in Paris on a fellowship he returned to the city from 1925 – 1940 where he became friends with many prominent figures including James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, e.e. cummings, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, Orson Welles, and others. He studied with Nadia Boulanger. After publishing his book The State of Music he lived in New York working as a critic and composer for theatre and film. He became a mentor to a new generation of tonal composers including Ned Rorem, Paul Bowles, and Leonard Bernstein though pointedly ignored female composers. He received many awards during his life and was known as a modernist and neoclassical composer.

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The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2015
The Next Stage2001
The Next Stage1998

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Encompass New Opera TheatreCapital Capitals4/27/2012 - 5/5/2012
Opera ParallèleFour Saints in Three Acts8/13/2011 - 8/13/2011
Encompass New Opera TheatreFour Saints in Three Acts2/20/2009 - 3/15/2009
Encompass New Opera TheatreCapital Capitals6/1/2005 - 6/18/2005
San Francisco OperaThe Mother of Us All9/9/2003 - 9/26/2003
New York City OperaThe Mother of Us All3/3/2000 - 3/28/2000
Juilliard SchoolThe Mother of Us All2/2/1999 - 2/26/1999
Glimmerglass FestivalThe Mother of Us All7/7/1998 - 8/23/1998
Houston Grand OperaFour Saints in Three Acts1/1/1996 - 2/1/1996
Music-Theatre GroupThe Mother of Us All3/1/1994 - 3/1/1994
Chicago Opera TheaterFour Saints in Three Acts4/1/1993 - 4/25/1993
University of Wisconsin-MadisonFour Saints in Three Acts2/1/1993 - 2/27/1993
Music-Theatre GroupThe Mother of Us All8/1/1992 - 8/15/1992

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