ONEONTA – This weekend’s Catskill Choral Society spring program, under the leadership of Norwich High School music teacher Mary E. Mayo, will be a tribute to the late choral composer, Moses Hogan.
A pre-concert lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with music beginning at 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta.
A native of Louisiana, Hogan is known for his choral and solo arrangements of African-American spirituals in the traditions of Harry T. Burleigh, William Dawson and Jester Hairston as well as for his original compositions in the spiritual style. The music is characterized by syncopated rhythms, exciting harmonies, and familiar spiritual melodies.
The concerts will include solos from Hogan’s “Deep River Collection” and feature soprano, Henrietta Davis, from Los Angeles, and bass, Robert Sims, from Chicago. Both soloists performed and recorded with Hogan before his untimely death at the age of 46 in 2003.