On Monday, January 21st at 5 pm, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, soprano Georgine Stark will be giving a free concert of spirituals in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Here’s the program:
Give me, Jesus (arr. Moses Hogan)
Let us break bread together (arr. Moses Hogan)
Deep river (arr. Moses Hogan)
Walk together, children (arr. Moses Hogan)
Were you there (arr. Moses Hogan)
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child (arr. Moses Hogan)
He’s got the whole world in his hands (arr. Margaret Bonds)
As you can see, all except the last piece have been arranged by Moses Hogan, a pianist, conductor and arranger of international renown who tragically died at the young age of 45 because of a brain tumor. Hogan was a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, in addition to studying at the prestigious Juilliard School. You may recall that in a previous post, I wrote about the LCH Choir singing his arrangement of “Elijah Rock.”
You’ll never guess who will be accompanying Georgine — you’re right, it’s Carl Crosier. “Moses Hogan must have had big hands,” he commented after practicing today, “because nearly every chord has a stretch of a 10th in it.” In fact, one of Hogan’s many accomplishments was winning first place in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. He also had over 70 published works, and many of them have become staples in the repertoires of high school, college, church, community and professional choirs worldwide.
I know it’s something I’ve posted before (and you’ve heard before), but here is Georgine’s rendition of “He’s got the whole world in his hands,” to whet your appetite.