News & Updates

Another Round of "Laughter at the Happy Hour"! 

Laughter at the Happy Hour returns on October 29 with the iconic cabaret duo, Bolcom & Morris! 

"Laughter at the Happy Hour" is more songs and tales of a lifetime of cabaret adventures with Bolcom & Morris, streamed live by Kerrytown Concert House and available online afterwards. 

Traversing Broadway, vaudeville and music hall, (and now video), 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! 

Partners in both marriage and music, William Bolcom (Pulitzer and Grammy Award-winning composer and pianist) and chanteuse, Joan Morris, have 25 recordings to their credit!  According to the Chicago Tribune, Joan "...projects not just a song, but the character singing it, and gives that character her own irresistibly funny and winning personality.”  The Chicago Sun-Times declared that "...Bolcom and Morris may be the best thing to happen to American popular song since the invention of sheet music." 

Prepare to be delighted as Bill and Joan share more songs and stories from a lifetime of cabaret adventures - from their living room directly to your listening room! 

Tune into "Live at the 415" at  5:30 PM EDT at  
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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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A 1986 interview with Chicago classical music host Bruce Duffie 

This interview with William Bolcom, which took place on June 29,1986, also included the participation of his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. Bruce Duffie says: "As with some other musical couples that I’ve interviewed, on occasion they both responded to my questions together back and forth, and I was perceptive enough not to interrupt!" 

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Review: "When the World Was Young" 

Alex Cohen writes for Theater Pizzazz: "Selected songs date from 1894-2015, the former offered respectfully as written, not pastiche, the latter, delivered with the insouciance of more devil may care days."

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