WHO WE ARE: MOS was founded in 1976 by Victor Kelly. Its members were brought together by a love of classical music and they wanted to share their musical joy with the wider community. Their Mission Statement says:
“To provide a vehicle through which South Florida’s multi-cultural community may receive direct exposure to many of the prominent
choral works by such great composers as Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn,
Rossini, and others.”
MOS’s stated objectives are:
To provide the community at large with great choral works of music with
a religious theme: the Oratorio style of music.
To provide an outlet for talented members of the community who wish
to perform music by the masters.
To provide an atmosphere of good fellowship where singers and musicians
can exercise and develop their talents.
WHAT WE DO: The Miami Oratorio’s 2016-2017 Concert year began with the December 2016 performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and portions of Handel’s “Messiah”. In honor of Black History Month (BHM), MOS performed an annual concert of spirituals, jazz and gospel music on the second Saturday of February; it is a free concert and held at the North Dade Regional Library. A BHM concert was held at Parkway Baptist Church as a fund-raiser to contribute to their Building fund, also in February. This year two Easter concerts were held in April, featuring Fauré’s Requiem and the Easter sections of the Messiah; one by invitation from Faith Lutheran Church in North Palm Beach, the other at First Church of North Miami Congregational, UCC. The most recent performance was Felix Mendelssohn’s powerful “Elijah”, June 25, 2017, at Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church. Soloists for the performances included Joanne Martinez, Soprano; Emilia Acon, Mezzo-soprano; Lievens Costillo, Tenor; Gibson Dorcé and Daniel Snodgrass, Basses; the MOS accompanist is Karl Van Richards. We are in process of developing the 2017-2018 concert season.
WHAT WE DO NEXT: As with any long-standing organization, refreshment is necessary from time to time. MOS has redesigned its logo and continues to develop its brand in keeping with the benefits of social media; there are so many options out there for sharing what MOS has to offer – quality music at an affordable price. To keep our tickets affordable our venues are churches (or libraries), though we are seeking other venues so as to attract a wider audience. MOS is seeking new and creative ways of interacting with the community. To that end, we wish to form a “Friends of MOS” organization to devise new forms of outreach, and so we are extending an invitation to join us on this journey.
Andrew Mozart Anderson celebrates his 11th year as Musical Director of the Miami Oratorio Society and has conducted performances such as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, and numerous variety concerts in that time. Mr. Anderson serves as the Music Director of the First Church of Miami and Covenant SDA Church choirs. Born in Jamaica, Andrew Anderson began his studies at age 4 and gave his first organ recital at the age of 9. His styles range from classical to gospel, and jazz.
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