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WEB EXCLUSIVE: A Discussion with the Late American Composer Robert Ward (from the ST Archives)

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Robert Ward, the highly acclaimed American composer, died today at age 95. Ward won the Pulitzer Prize for his opera "The Crucible" --- based on the classic Arthur Miller play, with a libretto adapted by Bernard Stambler --- which was commissioned by the New York City Opera and had its premiere in 1961. (You can read an appreciative NPR Music obituary for Robert Ward here.) In February of 1995, the great composer participated in a StudioTulsa interview; at that time, Ward was in town for a staging of "The Crucible" by Tulsa Opera. We're pleased to share this special discussion (as a "web exclusive") from the StudioTulsa archives. Enjoy.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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