Annie Moses Band standing in for Willis ClanMarch 20, 2017
From Local Souces
JASPER — PBS sensation and classical-crossover artist The Annie Moses Band, well-known for their fiery string playing and soulful renditions of beloved American songs, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Jasper Arts Center. This concerts wraps up the New Directions Performer Series for the 2016-17 season.
These siblings began training at a young age, first in classical music (their studies took them to the Julliard School) and then expanding into a variety of genres, including folk, bluegrass, and pop.
Showcasing dueling voices in challenging virtuosic passages and heartfelt lyricism, the Annie Moses Band combines technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. They played in quartets, with Alex coached directly for a while by Itzhak Perlman. They also performed together at settings that ranged from dinner theaters to churches. Even at that stage they felt challenged to push beyond classical conventions.
This family of musicians is at home in every style of music, whether it’s a reimagining of Paul Williams’ “Just an Old Fashioned Love Song” or a spellbinding rendition of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” The band’s original songwriting and innovative arranging also are on call in beautiful ballads like “Steady Hands” and “Orange Special,” a show-stopping fiddle fusion piece.
“It is great to play for audiences that are filled with young people, middle-aged people, babies, grandmas and grandpas who might listen to Martina McBride on the radio as they drive home,” Annie Wolaver Dupre says. “It is about combining our study, the technique and ear training, with people’s daily experiences.”
“Our goal is to span not only generations but also genres,” Robin Wolaver says. “If you love heavy metal, that doesn’t mean you can’t love Bach or Mozart. The common denominator is simply good music.”
Named the First Family of American Music, the Annie Moses Band is Emmy Award-winning, and has charted the top of Billboard — Classical Crossover multiple times.
This performance is a replacement for the previously-scheduled concert by The Willis Clan, which was cancelled last fall. Tickets to that concert will be honored for The Annie Moses Band. You do not have to do anything but show up with your ticket.
Tickets — priced $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $30 for students and children — are avilable by calling 812-482-3070. Group rates are available.
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