Sarasota composer and conductor Daniel T. Moe celebrated in memorial concert
The Church of the Redeemer invites the public to a Fri., March 8, memorial concert honoring the late Dr. Daniel T. Moe, Redeemer’s longtime composer-in-residence and a well-known area conductor. The concert begins at 8 p.m., and a wine and cheese reception will follow in Gillespie Hall.
Performing in the concert will be Ned Tipton, minister of music at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles. Tipton was a student of Moe's at Oberlin College in Ohio, where Moe taught at the Conservatory of Music from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. After earning his choral directing degree from Moe in 1981, Tipton moved to France, where he was the organist and choirmaster at the American Cathedral in Paris for 20 years. Moe and his wife, Ann Stephenson-Moe, who is the organist/choirmaster at Redeemer, had seen Tipton perform in Paris several times and student and teacher had stayed in touch over the years. Tipton played the organ at Moe's requiem in 2012, and has performed widely across the United States and Europe.
During his career, Moe was hailed by New Yorker music critic Andrew Porter as the “dean of choral conductors.” 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.
In Sarasota, Moe was the much-beloved Music Director for Key Chorale — the official chorus of the Florida West Coast — and also had served as Adjunct Professor of Music at New College in Sarasota, where he conducted the choirs of New College.
At Redeemer, Moe was greatly loved and appreciated for his compositions and his direction, alongside his wife Ann, of the church's choirs. His passion for both music and people was well-known.
"He loved his musicians. He loved his choirs. He loved his people," said Redeemer Associate Rector, the Rev. Richard C. Marsden. "And he found absolute joy in praising God with his music."
A $15 ticket donation ($10 for students) is suggested, and tickets may be reserved online at redeemersarasota.org or by calling the Parish Office at 941-955-4263. The Church of the Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Ave., in the heart of downtown Sarasota.