It really is a great honor to participate in the 100th anniversary celebration [of the music department], said Moe, who is an internationally renowned and highly sought-after performer.
After opening with the harmonically adventurous Sonata for Horn and Piano by Benhard Heiden, Moe and Wang segued into Elegy for Mippy I, a sad, lyrical tune by Leonard Bernstein composed in memory of his
brothers dog. The following work, The Harmonica Player by David Guion, had a humorous folk-like quality that allowed Moe to further demonstrate her dramatic range on the horn.
Other highlights on the program included the famous Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Morceau de Concert by Camille Saint-Saëns, and the five-movement City Nights suite, which was composed for Moe by 1943 St. Olaf graduate Keith Textor.
Im delighted in [Sharons] musicianship and her wonderful commitment to the college, said President Christopher Thomforde, who attended the concert.
Moe was equally complimentary of St. Olafs faculty and facilities. I love St. Olaf, and I get inspired every time I come back here, Moe said after her 90-minute performance in Urness Recital Hall.
Wang expressed enthusiasm about the campus as well. Its great to be here, Wang said. The crowd was great, and the performance space is wonderful as well.
Moe also delivered a two-hour French horn master class during her visit, much to the delight of St. Olafs avid horn contingent. She was able to pinpoint exactly what everyones issues were, said French horn player Erin Vork 04, one of the masterclass participants.
Like Rachmaninoff and Saint-Saëns, who were virtuoso performers during their lifetimes, Moe is also a composer in many genres. Last winter, Moes American Fanfare was performed by the St. Olaf Band, and her orchestral composition Windows has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.