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Bolcom & Morris - "Live at the Happy Hour" Virtual Event

The next installment of the Kerrytown Concert Hall "Conversation Concerts" debuts this week! LAUGHTER AT THE HAPPY HOUR is all about tales and tunes from the world of cabaret. BOLCOM & MORRIS will regale us with some of their favorite songs and stories from a lifetime of performing together. Watch on Facebook at: or on Kerrytown Concert House's website at


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Mohawk Trail Concerts Spring Fundraiser, 35 Triangle Street , Amherst, MA 01002

The Mohawk Trail Concerts Spring Fundraiser t this year features a performance with William Bolcom and Joan Morris, longtime MTC favorites. At 5 pm, elegant hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served, and the performance will be at 6 pm. There will also be fantastic raffle items, including meals for ten or twenty, catered by Peng Yew, or personal compositions by Lew Spratlan and Alice Parker.


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Holland America’s Westerdam, San Diego, CA

Bolcom & Morris will give two performances while aboard Holland America’s Westerdam, sailing from San Diego down the Mexican coast Dec. 1-7, 2017.


Bolcom & Morris: World Premiere in honor of WQXR Young Artists Showcase

The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

The evening will include a world premiere, commissioned for the occasion, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom in a special performance by Bolcom and his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris.


William Walton’s Facade [narrated by Bolcom and Morris]

Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland Oregon

Chamber Music Northwest presents - William Walton’s Facade [narrated by Bolcom and Morris]


Bolcom & Morris: “When the World Was Young”

Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

The internationally renowned husband-and-wife duo of composer-pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris present a concert of 100 years of songs from the American Songbook including James Reese Europe, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hart, Bolcom & Weinstein and others.


Bolcom & Morris

Novi, MI


Traversing Broadway, vaudeville and music hall, performing music from the ragtime era to the end of the 20th century, the duo of William Bolcom and Joan Morris have delighted audiences across the United States and around the world since 1973.

At the piano, composer and raconteur William Bolcom charms the audience with his engaging patter. One of the driving forces behind the ragtime revival that began in the 1970s, he is also the composer of the poignant “Graceful Ghost Rag.” As an accompanist, his lively and harmonically rich touch is impeccably tuned to every nuance of Joan Morris’s voice.

Chanteuse Joan Morris brings out a veritable cast of characters to sing each of her songs — from a curious little kid (“Love in the Thirties”) to a world-weary lover (“Toothbrush Time”) to an unforgettable dowager waging battle at the Ladies Club with her recipe for “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise.” According to the Chicago Tribune, “She projects not just a song, but the character singing it, and gives that character her own irresistibly funny and winning personality.”

The duo has 25 recordings to their credit, from their Grammy-nominated debut “After the Ball” to recent collections of songs by Yip Harburg, Gus Kahn and Arnold Weinstein/William Bolcom. Their newest CD, Autumn Leaves, is a collection of 21 popular cabaret songs, including “Am I Blue,” “Swinging on a Star,” “Can’t We Be Friends,” and “As Time Goes By.” 

"Bolcom and Morris may be the best thing to happen to American popular song since the invention of sheet music." — The Chicago Sun-Times

 "Together the couple is, to borrow the title of an early Bolcom opera, 'dynamite tonight.' His brilliantly propulsive, imaginative embellished pianism provides her with a strong rhythmic framework. And Morris plumbs every number for its specific emotional content." — The San Francisco Examiner


Laughter at the Happy Hour with BOLCOM & MORRIS  

UPDATE: Another performance of LAUGHTER AT THE HAPPY HOUR is scheduled for October 29!  --- On Sept. 24, Kerrytown Concert House's new virtual series, Live at the 415, featured Bolcom and Morris presenting some of their favorite songs and stories from a lifetime of performing together in a show called "Laughter at the Happy Hour."

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Tune In to Joan Morris Radio 

Joan now has her own "station" on Pandora! If you're not a Pandora user already, it's easy and free. It's an online music streaming service that will play music tailored to your musical interests. Click on the Pandora link to listen on your computer or download the Pandora app for iPhones and Android phones.

Joan Morris Radio won't just play songs featuring her own music - it will also bring you a play list of other music with similar qualities - melody, harmony, rhythm, form, composition and lyrics. You can expect a mix of ragtime, jazz, and vocal tunes - all selected by Pandora's magical "Music Genome" project to find music you will enjoy.

Let me sing and I'm happy! 

Let Me Sing and I’m Happy: The Memoir and Handbook of a Singing Actress by Joan Morris is the history of an actress who sings popular songs. It is also a handbook detailing Joan's approach to bringing the song to life.

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Bolcom & Morris to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Medal on February 11 

Arts Alliance Medals for Arts, Sciences & Humanities event celebrates "outstanding and sustained artistic and creative accomplishments within the arts" 

Awarded annually, The Arts Alliance Medals for Arts, Sciences & Humanities honor and celebrate the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of artists, creatives, individuals who live, work or attend school in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Medal recipients are celebrated for exemplary achievements in advancing the arts, sciences and humanities and increasing public awareness of the arts + creative industries in the greater Ann Arbor area and beyond. Medalists make their mark through their leadership, philanthropy and accomplishments setting the standard for excellence and serving as the example for others to follow. 

The Lifetime Achievement Medal is presented in recognition of outstanding and sustained artistic and creative accomplishments within the arts, sciences and/or humanities receiving national and or international acclaim. 

The award will be presented to Bill & Joan at a gala event in Ann Arbor on February 11, 2019. 

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