Roger Moss to solo in BSO Holiday Concert

Baritone Roger Moss brings his rich, mellow voice to the stage for the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, “Tis The Season — Holiday Classics” on December 13 and 16.

Although Beaufort audiences may not be familiar with Mr. Moss, he is no stranger to Savannah’s musical crowd. He grew up in Tennessee in a deeply religious family, where his upbringing was steeped in the gospel tradition.  Upon graduation from Wheaton College, he began to wonder what type of music suited his big voice.  He settled on composers of American background, and was particularly drawn to the music of Gershwin and Ellington.  “Singing is like breathing to me, and if it’s music that I love, I just go with it,” said Moss.

It was through his business career selling radio ads that connected him with Savannah. He made his home in this vibrant, cultural city by teaching and being involved in the community.

Six years ago he was able to realize a long-desired dream by co-founding and directing The Savannah Children’s Choir. It is his passion to provide musical and academic opportunities for talented young students.

Maestro Fred Devyatkin’s concert lineup includes the “Farandole” by Bizet, Bach’s “Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring,” as well as dances from “The Nutcracker.”

Bassoonist William Baker has arranged “Let It Snow!,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “O Holy Night.”

USCB Center For The Arts is located at 801 Carteret Street. Thursday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., tickets are $37.50; $5 for youth and students. For tickets call 800-595-TIX or www.beaufortorchestra.org.

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