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Bolcom and Morris Present Cabaret
Evening at UW-Eau Claire March 28

RELEASED: March 14, 2007

William Bolcom and Joan MorrisEAU CLAIRE — William Bolcom and Joan Morris will present "A Cabaret Evening" Wednesday, March 28, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Their Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Since their first performance together in 1973, Pulitzer-prize winning composer and pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris have captivated audiences across the nation and abroad. Heralded as "one of the great musical collaborations of our time" (Boston Globe), the husband-and-wife duo is acclaimed for its finely gauged and vividly imagined interpretations of American popular songs from the late 19th century through the 1920s and '30s, as well as the latest cabaret songs by Leiber and Stoller and others. Bolcom's own Cabaret Songs have been written for Morris with poet-lyricist Arnold Weinstein.

"Yes, she has that wonderful voice, clear as water," wrote the Boston Globe. "She has the diction that is as immaculate as it is pointed — but what makes her singing work is the way the clear stream of her voice throws back reflections of every gradation of human feeling; she comes at a song from within and thereby proves its worth. Bolcom's ingenuity in creating rhythmically lively and harmonically rich accompaniment seems to be limitless."

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

Bolcom and Morris have won a wide following with their expansive repertoire, complemented by their sophisticated yet unpretentious stage presence. Champions of the American popular vocal literature, they have brought the genre to some of the most renowned venues in the United States, Canada and Europe. The duo has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; Jordan Hall in Boston; at Curtis in Philadelphia; as well as at the Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Marlboro, Aspen, San Luis Obispo, Cabrillo and Ravinia festivals. Their international engagements have included concerts in London, Moscow, Paris, Lisbon, Cologne, Istanbul, Cairo, Florence and elsewhere in Europe.

In recent seasons they have appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, at various colleges and universities across the United States — where they also offer master classes as part of their residencies and at the American Academy in Rome. November 2006 found them in Vilnius, Lithuania, where they presented a master class at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater as well as a performance at the American Center. This summer will mark their 32nd season at Mohawk Trail Concerts in Massachusetts.

Bolcom and Morris have recorded over two dozen albums to date, the first of which is their best-selling "After the Ball — A Treasury of Turn-of-the-Century Popular Songs" (1974), for which Joan Morris received a Grammy nomination. She was also recognized for her participation as soloist on the recording of Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," winner of the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album of 2005. Their other discs include two collections of cabaret songs, "Black Max" and "Lime Jello — An American Cabaret," both recorded live at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, and anthologies of Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Porter and Kern.

They reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where both are on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and also will be sold at the door.

Patrons may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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