LAUGHTER AT THE HAPPY HOUR
Featuring Joan Morris, William Bolcom, William Sharp,
Amy Burton and John Musto
Thursday, April 8TH @ 5:30 PM EST
This program is generously sponsored by Maurice & Linda Binkow.
“April in Paris” is the theme for this month’s Laughter at the Happy Hour with the second installment of excerpts from An Evening of Popular Song, presented in 2012 at Thayer Hall in Los Angeles, California, featuring the iconic cabaret duo, William Bolcom & Joan Morris joined by talented friends, composer/pianist John Musto, soprano Amy Burton and baritone William Sharp. The program includes more songs from The Great American Songbook, but also celebrates French cabaret artists and composers, as well. A very special archival performance from these important and expressive artists!
Named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America and honored with a Grammy Award (Best Classical Contemporary Composition) for his ground-breaking setting of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience (the album received a total of 4 Grammys), William Bolcom is a composer of 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. Bolcom joined the faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years.