FILE — A staging of “Our Town,” with music by Ned Rorem, at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, April 22, 2008. As the elder statesman of American art song, Rorem is a walking archive of a century of cultural life. But at 95, there are no premieres on the horizon; Rorem is done with writing, both music and books. “I’ve kind of said everything I have to say, better than everybody else,” he said. (Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times)