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Moses Hogan to Perform
With UW-Eau Claire Singe
MAILED: April 4, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will welcome Moses Hogan - pianist, conductor and arranger of international acclaim - for a residency that will culminate in an Artists Series concert on Thursday, April 18.
The Concert Choir, Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale and Voice Faculty Quartet will take part in the 7:30 p.m. performance in Zorn Arena. The concert will celebrate the African American choral tradition and include several world premieres commissioned by UW-Eau Claire.
Hogan will conduct the premiere of his new works for each ensemble, and will accompany members of the Voice Faculty Quartet in spiritual arrangements highlighting the four solo voices, including "Deep River" and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." Choral ensemble conductors Gary Schwartzhoff and Alan Rieck will conduct Hogan arrangements of such favorites as "Go Down, Moses," "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel" and "I'm Gonna Sing 'til the Spirit Moves in My Heart." Hogan will conduct "I Can Tell the World," a grand finale by the massed choirs.
"Moses Hogan provides a new voice for spirituals in America," said Craig Jessop, director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. "His arrangements are exciting treatments that do not obscure the traditional essence of this music. His artistry as conductor, arranger and pianist is world-class."
An exclusive arranger and composer for the Hal Leonard Music Corporation, Hogan is known for contemporary settings of spirituals, original compositions and other works revered by audiences around the globe. Praised by critics and in music publications, including Gramophone magazine, his arrangements have become staples in the repertoires of high school, college, church, community and professional choirs everywhere.
Hogan is the artistic director of the internationally renowned Moses Hogan Chorale, an ensemble that has performed across the globe on stages from Washington's Kennedy Center to Australia's Sydney Opera House.
Hogan has been increasingly in demand internationally as an arranger, conductor and clinician. He has worked on recordings by artists including soprano Barbara Hendricks, countertenor Derek Lee Ragin, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He arranged and performed several compositions for the 1995 PBS documentary series, "The American Promise"; its soundtrack, titled "Voices," was released by Windham Hill Records.
His discography also includes "The Moses Hogan Choral Series 2002," a collection of spirituals and songs of faith; and "Lift Every Voice For Freedom," a collection of American folk songs, hymns, songs of faith and patriotic songs.
A native of New Orleans, Hogan is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. He also studied at New York's Juilliard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. As a concert pianist he won first place in the 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York.
Editor of "The Oxford Book of Spirituals" (2001), an expansive collection published by Oxford University Press, Hogan is currently visiting professor and artist-in-residence at Loyola University New Orleans.
Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons may also charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 4, 2002