Down Art Avenue: Keep the music going Sunday after Knox Concert Saturday night
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
Jan 21, 2014 | 749 views |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Good music continues in Jacksonville Sunday, after Saturday night’s Knox Concert Series’ presentation of The Haifa Symphony Orchestra. The David L. Walters Department of Music at JSU presents Alumnus Keith Moore of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Performance Center in Mason Hall, third floor, to benefit the Jacksonville Opera Theatre.

There are two reasons why this is a significant and important event. Not only will viewers be seeing a gifted artist who is enjoying an outstanding musical career, but it is a time to celebrate a lifetime of music whose soloist and teacher was inspired by the teachings in JSU’s music department.

Keith Moore, accompanied by colleague, Robert Marler pianist, will perform vocal solos and for Moore, performing in this particular recital hall is a nostalgic event, having sung his senior recital here in 1973. He studied voice with both Dan Marsengill and Noni Espina.  As a student he also directed the Baptist Student Union Choir and was Youth Music Director at Jacksonville First Baptist Church. 

“Moore is one of our finest graduates who has accomplished much in the area of vocal music and his concert will benefit the JOT season.” said Susie Francis Dempsey.

“We rarely have an opportunity to hear fine bass-baritones in live concerts. For me, personally, this will be the first time since his Senior Recital that I have heard Keith sing. He entered JSU as a piano major studying with me and was doing quite well until the faculty noticed that he was also a talented singer. So, we all encouraged him to pursue voice studies instead.”

Moore serves as Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Belmont, having taught there over 30 years. He holds degrees from JSU, University of Louisville, and College-Conservatory of Music of University of Cincinnati.

Professionally, he has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe where his experience is as varied as performing opera with Nashville Opera Association to directing choirs at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

His credits include numerous opera performances and solos appearances and he is an active recording session artist, having sung back-up on recordings with Amy Grant, Sandy Patti, Michael W. Smith and others.

Moore will perform operatic works by Mozart, who was known for his operas, selections from song cycles by Ravel and Wolf in addition to other songs by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets will be sold at the door to benefit the Jacksonville Opera Theatre: $10 for Adults and $5 for students and seniors. The public is encouraged to attend.
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