Release Date: March 20, 2009
Concert combines selections from European opera and African-American spirituals
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University Professor of Voice Oral Moses, bass baritone, will lift the spirit with a recital of traditional and classical music and Negro spirituals on April 4 at 8 p.m. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
The program will begin with two arias by Mozart: the concert aria “Mentre ti Lascio Figlia” and the famous catalog aria “Madamina” from “Don Giovanni.” Following those pieces, Moses will sing two of “The Four Serious Songs” by Johannes Brahms, which are based on Biblical scriptures from the book of Ecclesiastes.
Next on the concert program will be “Zueignung” by Richard Strauss, a song of thanksgiving and dedication. In closing the first half of the program, Moses will perform the three love songs from “Poême D’un Jour” by Gabriel Faurè.
In the second part of the recital, Moses will sing several Negro spirituals including “Stand Still Jordan,” arranged by Harry T. Burleigh, and “It’s me, O Lord” by Betty Jackson King.
Moses earned his master and doctorate degrees in vocal performance and opera from the University of Michigan and, since 1984, he has taught voice and music literature courses at KSU. His résumé continues to grow as he tours throughout the United States and Europe and performs in concerts, operas, and recitals. A two-time recipient of the National Endowment for Humanities Grant, Moses co-authored “Feel the Spirit: Studies in Nineteenth Century Afro-American Music” and studied the broad spectrum of American music with special emphasis on vocal works of African-American composers. He has also recorded two CDs, “Deep River: Songs and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh” and “Amen! African-American Composers of the Twentieth Century.”
Admission to the concert is free. For more information, contact the KSU box office at 770-423-6650 or online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.