Remembering Robert Ward

Remembering Robert Ward

3:44pm Apr 05, 2013
Renowned American composer Robert Ward passed away early Wednesday at the age of 95.

  Robert Ward, a former chancellor of UNC School of the Arts and a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, died early Wednesday at his home in Durham after a period of failing health. He was 95.

  Ward served as the school's second president from 1967 to 1975, and he oversaw integration of the school into the UNC system.

He is also renowned for bringing Arthur Miller's play The Crucible to the opera stage, a work for which he won both the Pulitzer and the New York Music Critics Citation in 1962. Last March, Piedmont Opera performed Ward's The Crucible to capacity crowds in Winston-Salem. Shortly before he attended the opening performance at the Stevens Center, Ward spoke with WFDD's David Ford.

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