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Quack Moore, Amy Horst, and Friends in Concert this weekend

Quack Moore, Amy Horst, and Friends in Concert features pianist Moore and soprano Horst as they bring their unique interpretations of classics from the 17th to 21st centuries to Hilo. Joining them are violinist Jennifer Tiboris, clarinetist Elan Kobel and pianist Anthony Maroudas. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hilo’s First United Protestant Church.

The evening’s program features music for voice and piano. Beginning with classics such as Mozart and Purcell, the concert branches out to newer works by composers including Roger Quilter and contemporary composer Kenneth Froelich. Concluding the concert, Moore and Horst will perform Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville Summer of 1915.”

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This evocative chamber work brings James Agee’s haunting text to musical life.

Moore and Horst are joined by violinist Jennifer Tiboris, clarinetist Elan Kobel, and pianist Anthony Maroudas.

Each performer is showcased in music for their instrument and piano, with styles ranging from tango to romantic, and in the case of Maroudas and Moore, “one piano, four hands.”

Asked about how they came to create Quack, Amy, and Friends in Concert, Horst said, “Quack and I wanted to perform Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915; and with Quack’s guidance, we created a program that flowed with and into the Barber.”

Moore, the Emmy-winning composer/arranger/conductor/pianist of Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live fame, continued, “I used to do concerts like this all the time. It’s fun to do it again — to get together with other performers and make beautiful music.”

The concert benefits the church’s music program, and celebrates the church’s 150th anniversary.

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Admission is by donation at the door, with a suggested donation of $15.

For more information, call 640-2898.