July 20: Ann Moss in Recital for FotH

Ann Moss, soprano

Ann Moss, soprano

Versatile soprano Ann Moss sings a delightful program of varied art song Sunday evening in Oakland, at the final in a series of benefit performances supporting the upcoming Festival of the Hours (www.festivalofthehours.org). The event takes place at 863 Vermont Street, Oakland, the home of Festival director Christopher Kula and Tonia D’Amelio, in its octagonal atrium.

Ms. Moss is joined by acclaimed pianist Steven Bailey, as well as young soprano Justin Kim for Gabriel Fauré’s Op. 93 duet setting of Ave Maria. Other music includes a selection of German songs by Mozart, Schubert, and Strauss: “Flowers Who Speak Their Minds”; Fauré’s Rêve d’Amour, and Three Dickinson Songs by American composer Vartan Aghababian. 

An ardent champion of contemporary vocal music, Ann Moss’s high, silvery, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for its “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for its “powerful expression.” In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Wayne Peterson, Ann seeks out and performs works by new and emerging voices at forums, festivals and concert series across the country. Her debut CD, CURRENTS, features a dream team of collaborators from the chamber music, new music and jazz communities performing the extraordinary new and recent American vocal/chamber music Ann has championed over the past decade.

Pianist Steven Bailey has appeared as concerto soloist with Symphony Parnassus, Diablo Symphony, UC-Davis Symphony, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, and Magnificat Baroque Orchestra. He has performed with American Bach Soloists as guest soloist and continuo organist and has collaborated in chamber performances with members of the Alexander, Arlekin and Sausalito quartets. He is a founding member of the new music repertory group CMASH and a frequent music director at San Francisco Parlor Opera. He teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Food, beverages, and hospitality begin at 6 p.m., with the musical presentation at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. A donation of $60 is requested for individuals and $100 or more for couples. Advance payment may be sent by PayPal to info@festivalofthehours.org, or make arrangements for check payment at the door by contacting Festival of the Hours at the same email or by telephone at 510-473-7736.

July 6: Campra, Couperin for FoTH

André Campra (1660–1744)

André Campra (1660–1744)

Sunday evening, July 6th, sopranos Tonia D’Amelio and Jennifer Owen-Blackmon sing duets of André Campra (1660–1744) and François Couperin (1668–1733) as part of a special fundraising series in support of the Festival of the Hours (beginning at the tail end of July — see schedule at www.festivalofthehours.org). Christopher Kula accompanies on organ and Roy Whelden on gamba.

In addition, the two virtuoso sopranos are joined by soloists of the Pacific Collegium to present movements of a colorful cross-cultural Baroque Mass: the Missa Concertata, an arrangement by French musical scholar and curator Sébastien de Brossard (1655-1730) of an Italian Mass setting originally by Pietro Antonio Fiocco (1654-1714). Singers are Eric Tuan, haute contre; Will Betts, tenor; Paul Boyce, baritone, and Phillip Saunders, bass.

Eric Tuan will also be on hand to discuss and elucidate his new setting of Preces and Responses, to be premiered at the service of Evensong to take place at 6 p.m. on August 1st as part of the Festival.

The event is at a private home in Piedmont, California. Please RSVP for further location details.

Food, beverages, and hospitality will begin at 6 p.m., with the musical presentation at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. A donation of $60 or more is requested for individuals and $100 or more for couples.

Advance payment may be sent by PayPal to info@festivalofthehours.org, or make arrangements for check payment at the door by contacting Festival of the Hours at the same email or by telephone at 510-473-7736.

Please join us for this memorable occasion!