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(Excerpts from a recent review of the Moses Hogan Singers Concert at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, California on April 13, 2002)

…This professional ensemble of 28 singers drawn from all over the country is a virtuoso instrument, capable of exhilarating power and mystical quiet. In the past decade, Hogan's arrangements and performances have revitalized interest in the "arranged spiritual," continuing in the tradition of Harry T. Burleigh, William Dawson, and Jester Hairston.

…There is an inherent spirituality in their performance that trusts the music itself, but of the "still, small voice" variety. Transcendent moments of sustained harmony, dynamic nuance, floating solo lines, and even silence drew the listener into texts and melodies that needed no salesmanship. The sound of the ensemble is rich and complex, pure without being pallid, austere but warm and expressive.

The tradition of "classical" a-cappella spiritual singing is alive and well at the hands of Moses Hogan.

REVIEWER- Bruce Lamott is choral director of the Philharmonia Chorale and the Carmel Bach Festival. ©2002 Bruce Lamott, all rights reserved.

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Moses Hogan, Artistic Director, began exploring the choral music idiom in 1980 with the organization of the New World Ensemble. In 1994, Hogan’s acclaimed Moses Hogan Chorale, which completed its final touring season in 1999, came to the notice of the American Choral Directors Association, which extended invitations to perform at its conventions on both the regional and national levels, and these appearances in turn led to invitations from around the world. The Moses Hogan Singers continues this performance legacy while preserving and celebrating the heritage of the African-American choral tradition.

A nationally auditioned ensemble, the MOSES HOGAN SINGERS made their debut in 1998 in New York at Alice Tully Hall during the World Projects Corporation New York Choral Festival. The Moses Hogan Singers made their recording debut in 1998 on the EMI record label with acclaimed soprano Barbara Hendricks on the release entitled Give Me Jesus, which features the arrangements of Moses Hogan. The Singers recently completed two international tours with Ms. Hendricks to Greece, Germany, Spain and Switzerland during the summer of 2000 and to the Netherlands and Belgium in December of 2001.

The Moses Hogan Singers made their European Orchestral debut with the I Flamminghi Orchestra, Rudolf Werthern, conductor, for the televised Christmas Special with Barbara Hendricks at Sint Jan Cathedral, s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

The Moses Hogan Singers are a collaboration of musicians dedicated to the preservation, integrity and excellence of the multiple aspects of choral music. Special repertoire emphasis is focused on the choral works of Mr. Hogan and works by African-American composers. Concert performances in the United States during the 2002-2003 season will include recitals in Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana, New York and California.


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