Joan Morris Biography (Wikipedia)
Joan Morris, (born February 10, 1943) is a mezzo-soprano,
Born in Portland, Oregon, her musical partner and husband is composer/pianist William Bolcom. The couple specializes in older popular songs, primarily from the first half of the 20th century, but extending beyond that to include both contemporary cabaret songs and a number of songs dating back to the American Civil War.
Together, they have taught at the University of Michigan for many years. Her performance style is nuanced and vibrant; noted for being historically informed, which includes rarely deviating from the original versions of songs for the sake of political correctness. In early 2015 she announced that she and Bolcom would begin to curtail both the length and number of their concerts, offering the next year as an ad hoc "Farewell Tour" after which they would limit performances to "cameo appearances".