Joyful Music For Uncertain Times
Third Edition featuring Bolcom & Morris
This Sunday, April 5, at 4:15!
Wine, Women & Song XVIII
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way...
For this third edition of Joyful Music For Uncertain Times, I wanted to feature our Cabaret House series, and who better to help me do so than the iconic duo (and Ann Arbor townies), William Bolcom and Joan Morris! Bolcom & Morris have literally performed at Kerrytown Concert House since the doors opened in 1984, when they, along with many of their illustrious friends, presented two benefit concerts to help give the budding concert house a kickstart. Indeed, those concerts gave KCH an auspicious beginning, putting it on the map of the arts, and soon “the House” became an important part of the cultural fabric not only of Ann Arbor but also Southeastern Michigan.
Over the years, Bill & Joan have delighted KCH audiences with Bill’s original compositions and with music from the ragtime era to the end of the 20th century. They performed here this past September with two New York artists, Amy Burton and John Musto, in a concert entitled “Double Date” that was, in turn, delightful, touching and hilarious!
This past Sunday a concert featuring Bill’s music was to have taken place entitled Tears at the Happy Hour with acclaimed Canadian soprano, Rayanne Dupuis, and award-winning pianist, Guy Livingston. Unfortunately, it became one of the many concerts I have had to cancel. Rayanne approached me last fall with this idea and expressed a real desire to perform the concert at the House with Bill and Joan in attendance. You’ll find the promotional video they put together for this tour at the end of this message.
I hope this 3rd edition of Joyful Music for Uncertain Times gives you a bright moment of music today and a much-needed distraction from our current cares.
With warmest regards,
Artistic and Executive Director
We all had so much fun, and the audience did, too! From that day forward, Kerrytown has welcomed every variety of performer and creator in town, including artists and speakers. The profile of the House has expanded to bring in edgy acts from outside, including Europe and Asia and…well, the whole world! From Deanna’s inspired vision to Monica’s inspired leadership and guidance, Ann Arbor is lucky to have Kerrytown Concert House. For me, it was performing in front of an awake audience, they know when you’re making it happen, and you feel it when you’ve missed the mark. An audience member once said to me, “I don’t believe you doing that song.” It taught me that I can’t tell every story that intrigues me, only the ones I’ve been through and survived. KCH, long may you wave!
We are so proud that KCH is still going strong, despite crises (like the one now). Here’s to another 36 years!
Dupuis & Livingston: Amor (Bolcom/Weinstein) at Atelier de la Main d’Or in Paris
Rayanne Dupuis & Guy Livingston: Tears at the Happy Hour – promotional video
To learn more about Joan’s book, Let Me Sing and I’m Happy:
To listen to Guy Livingston’s Podcast: William Bolcom in Linz – Guy Livingston travels to Linz in 2016, for the European premiere of Bill’s opera McTeague! Guy talks with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, publisher Evan Hause, and Bill Bolcom himself.
An Update from the Director
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
In my last message I promised that if you couldn’t get to “Ann Arbor’s Listening Room,” we would come to you! To your right, is our first edition of “Joyful Music for Uncertain Times,” a phrase used by mandolinist and composer, Noah Fishman, who performed here last Fall with Baron Collins-Hill. I hope that his message and his music will be a bright spot for you today.
With warmest regards and best wishes,