LAUGHTER AT THE HAPPY HOUR
Featuring Joan Morris, William Bolcom, William Sharp,
Amy Burton and John Musto
WEDNEsday, FEBRUARY 10 @ 5:30 PM EDT
This program is generously sponsored by Maurice & Linda Binkow.
February 10th is Joan Morris’s birthday, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it than to feature Joan and Bill for our next installment of Laughter at the Happy Hour. “One thing I loved about the Hobbit books,” Joan says, “is that on their birthdays, hobbits give presents to other people instead. So that’s what this program will be–my birthday present to our audience!”
Joan and Bill, along with the SongFest Art Song Festival at Colburn, have graciously shared a concert video with us so that we can share it with you for Joan’s birthday. These excerpts from An Evening of Popular Song, presented in 2012 at Thayer Hall in Los Angeles, California, include songs from The Great American Songbook and feature Joan and Bill, but also, baritone William Sharp, soprano Amy Burton and pianist/composer, John Musto. 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.