Make Art Work presents Conversations with Bolcom and Morris

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 William Bolcom and Joan MorrisMiami -- New World School of the Arts’ Make Art Work (MAW) lecture series continues with an unprecedented dialogue with the husband-and-wife team of William Bolcom and Joan Morris.  Conversations with Bolcom and Morris will be presented to a group of 200 New World School of the Art’s students, faculty and alumni. At the end of the hour-long conversation, guests will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with the artists.

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

MAW’s “Conversations with Bolcom and Morris” takes place on Friday, December 14; 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM. First United Methodist Church of Miami. 400 Biscayne Blvd, downtown Miami.

“As the Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts, I’m thrilled to welcome Bolcom and Morris to our campus—They were towering figures to me when I was a student at the University of Michigan, and to have them here talking to our students brings me great joy,” Dr. Milton Rubén laufer.

Famed 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America and honored with multiple Grammy Awards for his ground-breaking setting of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of ExperienceWilliam Bolcom is a composer of cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas, symphonies, and muchmore.  He was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 12 New Etudes for piano. One of the driving forces behind the ragtime revival, William Bolcom 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.

Born in Portland, Oregon, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris attended Gonzaga University in Spokane prior to her scholarship studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She continued speech and voice studies with Clifford Jackson and Frederica Schmitz-Svevo while appearing in off-Broadway and road productions and with harpist Jay Miller at the Cafe Carlyle, the Waldorf-Astoria’s Peacock Alley, and other Manhattan venues.

In the words of the Chicago Tribune, “Her voice is notable for ease, flexibility, expressiveness; you understand every word she sings, and in these songs thewords deserve to be heard. She projects not just a song, but the character singing it, and gives that character her own irresistibly funny and winningpersonality.”

Joan Morris and William Bolcom have performed in concert for 39 years throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. In addition to their live performances, Bolcom and Morris have recorded two-dozenalbums. Their first one, After the Ball, garnered a Grammy nomination for Joan Morris. Their most recent recordings are two albums of songs by lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg and Gus Kahn on Original Cast Records, Bolcom’s complete Cabaret Songs, written with lyricist Arnold Weinstein, on Centaur, and Someone Talked:  Memories of World War II with tenor Robert White and narrator Hazen Schumacher, available on Equilibrium.

In its fourth year, Make Art Work is designed to bring professionals in the art world together with students and the community for a dialogue on the business of art. The series will focus on providing tools, guidance and strategies for success to the next generation of artists and will expand understanding of what it takes to live as an artist in the twenty-first century. Each talk includes a question and answer session, allowing students and the public opportunities for direct communication with leaders in the art world.

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and theUniversity of Florida.

Further information available by calling NWSA at (305) 237-3502 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.