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A major force in 21st century concert music, Victoria Bond leads a dual career as composer and conductor. Her compositions have been praised by the New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding," and her conducting has been called “impassioned” by the Wall Street Journal and “full of energy and fervor” by the New York Times.

Victoria Bond's new groundbreaking opera, Mrs. President, tells the true story of  Victoria Woodhull, who, in 1872, was the first female candidate to run for the US presidency. Anchorage Opera presented the premiere of the newly orchestrated score of Mrs. President in October, 2012. 

Posted: Dec-3-2013
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The four presidential-focused concertos by Victoria Bond (born 1945) on a new Albany Records CD quite clearly have Copland’s Lincoln Portrait as a model – Bond herself says so – but they also, and rather more interestingly, adapt Charles Ives’ approach of including familiar, even homespun music within the newly composed material.

Posted: May-31-2018
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"The piece [The Miracle of Light] is well constructed both musically and dramatically, with the action moving swiftly between alternating ensemble and solo moments."

— Chicago on the Aisle
Posted: Dec-20-2017
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Soul of a Nation - Cover Art

Music by Victoria Bond

Libretto by Myles Lee, MD

The presidents honored in this album fundamentally altered the structure and development of our nation. Losing more battles than he won, Washington made independence possible. Jefferson emblazoned the soul of our nation in the Declaration of Independence. Theodore Roosevelt made us a world power. Franklin Roosevelt saved our republic and the free world in World War II. Each piece focuses on a single aspect of each man’s character (Washington’s moral clarity and prescience; Jefferson as a reluctant warrior; Theodore Roosevelt’s exuberant, ultimately destructive, drive; and Franklin Roosevelt’s indomitable courage), to illustrate not just their accomplishments, but the inner turmoil each man faced on his journey to immortality.

Soul of a Nation: a Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration of Independence, the Statute for Religious Freedom in Virginia, the University of Virginia: Thomas Jefferson considered these his greatest contributions to the genesis of our nation’s development. Whether independence, religious freedom, or education are the soul of a nation, Jefferson’s embrace of all three reinforces the notion that without them, and perhaps without him as architect, our nation would have had no soul and would not have become the most powerful, yet benevolent, force for good in recorded history. That he could accomplish this while severely conflicted between pubic ambition and the longing for balance, serenity, and harmony in his personal life—a reluctant warrior—redounds to our good fortune.


The Indispensable Man: a Portrait of Franklin Roosevelt
Roosevelt’s struggle against the devastation of polio became a metaphor for his epic battles against the Great Depression and the threat to the free world posed by the Axis powers of Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan in World War II. The title of this piece derives from a speech FDR delivered in 1932 in which he said, “…I have avoided the delusion that this is a campaign of persons or personality. To indulge in such a fantastic idea of my own importance would be to betray the common hope and the common cause that has brought us all together…A great man left a watchword that we can well repeat. ‘There is no indispensable man.’” Determined to follow the footsteps of his cousin Theodore, FDR, paralyzed from the waist down, took on a turbulent world with a grand smile, and, in the eyes of history despite his own protestation to the contrary, became indispensable for his time—and our time.

The Crowded Hours: a Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt had a personality characterized by optimism, high energy expenditure, enthusiasm, extroversion, impatience, and an inclination to action rather than reflection. If one constructs a spectrum that starts with joy, and ascends incrementally to exuberance, ecstasy, mania, madness, creativity, serenity, and letdown, TR was probably at the exuberant level. This congenital substrate permeated, enabled, and amplified all of his personal and public actions. He channeled his excesses into effective and groundbreaking domestic and foreign policy. The loss of this exuberance upon the death of his son, Quentin, in World War I, for which he took personal responsibility, destroyed his glorification of combat. It was as though his very exuberance, the boy in him, had been the devil that, as he put it, “masters each of us.” Its exorcism was an agony that killed him six months after Quentin’s
tragic death.

Pater Patriae: a Washington Portrait
“Nearly all men can withstand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” When Abraham Lincoln enunciated those words, perhaps he had George Washington in mind. Arguably, no leader in American history accepted power with such reluctance, wielded it with such vision, and relinquished it with such decisiveness as Washington. He confronted adversity with equanimity, governed without precedent, and resisting coronation, enabled the first presidential succession as defined by our Constitution. Pater Patriae encapsulates the essence of Washington’s character: courage, relentlessness, prescience, and the moral clarity that made independence possible and enabled our republic to survive.

1) Soul of a Nation: Concerto for Violin and String Ensemble [19:20]
Frank Almond, violin | Henry Fogel, narrator
Roosevelt University Chamber Orchestra | Emanuele Andrizzi, conductor

2) The Indispensable Man: Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble [15:42]
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet | David Holloway, narrator
Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble | Stephen Squires, conductor

3) The Crowded Hours: Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble [13:00]
Mark Ridenour, trumpet | Ray Frewen, narrator
Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble | Stephen Squires, conductor

4) Pater Patriae: Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble [14:05]
Gabriela Vargas, flute | Adrian Dunn, narrator
Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble | Stephen Squires, conductor

Posted: May-1-2018
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