15 August 2021
This year's Bard Music Festival, entitled Nadia Boulanger and Her World, focuses on the life and times of the 20th century composer, conductor, and teacher, Nadia Boulanger. The twelfth program of the festival includes orchestral works by Thomson, Fauré, and more. Read more...
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater, Manor Ave, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY | 5:00 pm
01 August 2020
For one performance only, Chautauqua Opera presents Stein & Thomson's The Mother of Us All, staring Wendy Bryn Harmer as Susan B. Anthony. Read more...
Chautauqua Amphitheater, 31 Roberts Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722 | 8:15 pm
05 May 2020
The highly anticipated new PBS documentary, Virgil Thomson: Creating the American Sound is close to wrapping up for an expected debut next season. The project, started in 2009 by James Arnst and John Paulson, has gone through a long creation process full of ups and downs, from lack of funding to the new discoveries in the Harvard archives. Now, after extending the film to 90 minutes from the originally planned one hour, the documentary is expected to premiere late this year or early 2021 as part of PBS' American Masters series. Read more...
03 April 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the digital premiere of The Mother of Us All, scheduled to go live April 3, 2020 at 7 pm. Read more...
YouTube, Facebook, Museum Webpage | 7:00 pm
25 February 2020
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced its 2020 music award winners, including this year’s Virgil Thomson Award recipient, James Primosch. Read more...
18 October 2018
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. Read more...
Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave. | 7:30 pm
11 April 2018
April 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Read more...
B.Way Theater 3153 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 | 7:30 pm
07 March 2018
Other Minds, the renowned new music presenter in San Francisco, has released the recording Composer-Critics of the New York Herald Tribune, which includes works by Virgil Thomson, who headed the staff of music critics, and his colleagues at the Tribune: John Cage, Paul Bowles, Lou Harrison, and Peggy Glanville-Hicks. These are historic recordings, originally issued in the early 1950’s, which are collected for the first time on this new release. Read more...
08 February 2018
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced its 2018 music award winners, including this year’s Virgil Thomson Award recipient, Anna Weesner. Read more...
31 October 2016
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. Read more...
15 September 2016
Three two-disk albums of Virgil Thomson’s music are scheduled to be released during the 2018-2019 season on Everbest Music and Media, the Virgil Thomson Foundation’s record label. These exciting recordings feature performances by Anthony Tommasini, Craig Rutenberg, and Monadnock Music, among others. Read more...
31 August 2016
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. Read more...
30 August 2016
Following on the acclaimed 2014 edition of Virgil Thomson’s collected newspaper music reviews, Library of America and Pulitzer Prize–winning music critic Tim Page now present Thomson’s four classic full-length works in one volume for the first time. Read more...
08 July 2016
The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson for Voice and Piano (Boston Globe). Read more...
26 February 2016
Florestan Recital Project Releases The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson for Voice and Piano Featuring Unpublished Works and Premiere Recordings
Marking the first complete recording of Virgil Thomson’s songs that were originally composed for voice and piano, The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson for Voice and Piano provides a more complete understanding of one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Featuring performances by the Florestan Recital Project, the three-disc recording offers a unique window into both Thomson’s compositional evolution, and changing musical concerns throughout his remarkable career. Read more...
24 February 2016
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced its 2016 vocal music award winners, including this year’s Virgil Thomson Award recipient, Kate Soper. Read more...
03 December 2015
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”. Read more...