Friday, December 01, 2006

Bolcom and Morris

A concert at the American Center last night of the composer/pianist William Bolcom and his wife, mezzosoprano Joan Morris, with American popular songs; such as Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Bolcom himself, and Irving Berlin. And fun songs they were too - and very beautifully, and wittily, performed. These are very wordy songs and a lot of the fun is in the words and the performance, which works well when the singing voice does not quite behave as it used to. Probably for people who do not speak English something is lost, but the performance was such that much was communicated. It was a really fun evening, and a nice blast from the past, produced by two great troopers!