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Art Works Podcast: Robert Ward

In this week's podcast, we meet 2011 NEA Opera Honoree Robert Ward. When Ward passed away last April, the world of opera lost one of its most remarkable composers. However, Ward didn't limit himself to composition: he spread his talents throughout the musical realm, working as a music educator, record executive, conductor, and even a military band director at various points in his career. A three-time Guggenheim Fellow, Ward composed eight operas, seven symphonies, three concerti, and numerous shorter works for orchestra. However, he is perhaps best-known for his operatic adaptation of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, which featured Bernard Stambler as librettist. The opera, which premiered in 1961 at the New York City Opera, went on to win the 1962 Pulitzer Prize in Music as well as the New York Music Critics' Circle Citation Award.


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