Wayland choirs present program of Hogan spirituals
PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University's International Choir and Wayland Singers will present a joint concert on Tuesday, Oct. 21, titled "A Tribute to Moses Hogan."
The concert is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
The program will include a variety of selections written by Hogan, a classical pianist, composer and internationally renowned arranger of American spirituals. Among the selections to be performed by the choirs separately will be "God's Gonna Set This World on Fire," "Lord, I Want to be a Christian," "You Better Min' How You Talk," "I Want to Be Ready," "Elijah Rock," "The Battle of Jericho," and "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me."
International Choir is under the direction of Dr. Scott Herrington, professor of music and director of choral studies. Jennie Lynn Hodges, associate professor of music, will accompany the group on piano. Robert Black, assistant professor of music and director of church music studies, directs Wayland Singers. Debra Flournoy, assistant professor of music education, is accompanist for the group.
Guest artist Dr. Carl Moman, Shaw professor of music, will perform solo pieces by Hogan, accompanied by Piano Artist-in-Residence Mark Anthony Pair. Those pieces will include "Walk Together Children," "Let Us Break Bread Together," and "Give Me Jesus."
A native of New Orleans, Moses Hogan had an early love for the piano and began accompanying choirs at two churches by age 6, without any formal piano training. He was a member of the first class of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and studied with jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. He earned a scholarship to Oberlin College and later studied at Juilliard, pursuing a career as a classical pianist.
In 1977, Hogan won first place at the 28 th Annual Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York. He later returned to New Orleans, where he formed a choir called the New World Ensemble, composing several pieces for the group. In the 1990s, Hogan formed the Moses Hogan Chorale and later the Moses Hogan Singers, appearing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Sydney Opera House, among other prestigious venues.
In more recent years, Hogan was in demand internationally as an arranger and composer. In 1995, he was commissioned to arrange and perform several compositions for the PBS documentary "The American Promise," and he was chosen to edit "The Oxford Book of Spirituals" in 1999.
Hogan died Feb. 11, 2003, at age 45. He had been artist-in-residence at Dillard University and Loyola University and had recently received the Tribute to the Classical Arts Outstanding Contribution Award.