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 firstname.lastname@example.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.