Enduring Masters Series At Ithaca College Will Present William Bolcom And Joan Morris

ITHACA, NY — The Enduring Masters series at Ithaca College will continue in October with a two-day visit from pianist and composer William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. On Monday, Oct. 13, the duo will traverse Broadway, vaudeville, and the music hall in a free concert in Ford Hall, James J. Whalen Center for Music. Free and open to the public, the performance will begin at 8:15 p.m.

In addition, on Sunday, Oct. 12, the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra will perform a Bolcom composition, “Commedia for (Almost) 18th Century Orchestra,” as well as works by Respighi and Beethoven. This free concert will begin at 4 p.m. in Ford Hall in the Whalen Center.

The visit will also include master classes, lectures and talks. Joan Morris will teach for theater and voice students and William Bolcom for composition students.

The Enduring Masters Series is a partnership of the Ithaca College School of Music and the Gerontology Institute, which is a part of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. The series is funded by the New York State Music Fund, which was established by the New York Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and supported by the Linden Center for Creativity and Aging.

The duo of William Bolcom and Joan Morris has 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. 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. 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 24 recordings to its credit, from the Grammy-nominated debut “After the Ball” to a recent collection of songs.

For more information, contact Susan Harris, project coordinator, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, at (607) 274-7007 or

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

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