Joan Morris and William Bolcom Joan Morris and William Bolcom Joan Morris and William Bolcom





Joan Morris and William Bolcom

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  • $30 Assigned Rows 3-5
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  • William Bolcom
  • Joan Morris

William Bolcom

2007 Musical America Composer of the Year and multiple Grammy Awards recipient for his ground-breaking setting of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, William Bolcom's compositions include cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas, symphonies, and much more. He was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 12 New Etudes for piano. Recent premieres include Canciones de Lorca with tenor Placido Domingo, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carl St. Clair at the gala opening concert of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Orange Country Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA; Eighth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival chorus conducted by James Levine; Lucrezia, a one-act opera for 5 singers and 2 pianists [March 2008]; and First Symphony for Band with the University of Michigan Symphony Band conducted by Michael Haithcock [February 2009]. Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973-2008. In the fall of 1994 the University of Michigan named him the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition.

Joan Morris

Born in Portland, Oregon, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris attended Gonzaga University in Spokane prior to her scholarship studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She appeared in off-Broadway and road productions and with harpist Jay Miller at the Cafe Carlyle, the Waldorf-Astoria’s Peacock Alley, and other Manhattan night spots. From 1981-2009 Ms. Morris taught a cabaret class at the School of Music, University of Michigan. In April 1998 she produced a new musical there, Mina and Colossus, written by the young composer Sam Davis and based on the life of poet Mina Loy. In April 2003, Ms. Morris wrote, produced, co-directed, and starred in a musical revue, The Police Gazette, based on materials housed in the Clements Library at the U of M. In December 2005 she wrote, produced, directed, and had a featured role in Barnum’s Nightingale, based on Jenny Lind’s concert tour of America in 1850 sponsored by P. T. Barnum. The latter two entertainments were presented at the Clements Library where Ms. Morris was Adjunct Curator. In April 2004 Joan was a soloist in the performance of Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience (texts by William Blake), which celebrated the reopening of the newly renovated Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The concert, combining 450 orchestra and chorus members from the University of Michigan School of Music and community with professional soloists, was conducted by Leonard Slatkin and took place almost 20 years to the day after its 1984 U.S. premiere. The Naxos recording of this event went on to win four Grammy Awards, garnering recognition for her as soloist on the album. She sang in the world premiere of Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Stuttgart, the U.S. premiere in Ann Arbor, MI, and in performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London’s Royal Festival Hall, broadcast live over BBC Radio 3 and in Costa Mesa with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.