Evensong honors Sarasota composer/conductor Daniel T. Moe
Well-known Sarasota-area conductor and composer, the late Dr. Daniel T. Moe, will be honored on Sun., May 19, during the church's 5:15 p.m. Evensong — the finale event of the Church of the Redeemer's Great Music Series 2012/2013 season. The Evensong marks the anniversary of Moe's passing on May 24, 2012, at the age of 85.
The Evensong will feature Moe's composition "Adoramus te Christe, Lux aeterna," which translates to, "We adore you, O Lord Christ, Light Eternal." "Adoramus" was composed as a Requiem for Moe's close mentor, the highly-regarded American choral conductor and composer Paul J. Christiansen, who was also the director of the famed Concordia College choir, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Christiansen died in 1997 and "Adoramus" was composed that same year by Moe, in collaboration with Drew Collins.
Moe was Redeemer's longtime Composer-in-Residence and the husband of Redeemer's Choirmaster/Organist Ann Stephenson-Moe. Hailed by New Yorker music critic Andrew Porter as the “dean of choral conductors,” Moe was a major educational force in conducting and choral literature, having developed distinguished graduate programs in these specialties at the University of Iowa. He served as Professor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory of Music for 20 years until 1992. In addition to his position at Redeemer, for 21 years Dr. Moe was the much-beloved Music Director (retired in ’06) for Key Chorale — the official chorus of the Florida West Coast Symphony in Sarasota, Fla. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Music at New College in Sarasota, where he conducted the choirs of New College.
In over 40 years of choral conducting, Dr. Moe brought nearly every landmark choral-orchestral work in the repertoire to performance, ranging from Bach’s “Passion According to St. John” to the Britten “War Requiem.” His work drew him into the nation’s great concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, where he twice served as consulting conductor for the International University Choral Festival.
Evensong is a free offering for the community and all are welcome.
Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota. For more information, visit redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.