There's a buzz going around town about Ms. Angela Park coming to our city. The award winning international classical pianist will be performing works from Chopin, Rachmaninov, and others. However, there's much more to this rare and highly anticipated concert!
Ms. Park has a connection with our own home grown and loved musician, Kati Gleiser, whom everyone should know. Gleiser tells us, “Angela is a few years older than I, she was someone I looked up to during my youth. I had the good fortune of participating with her in Kiwanis Festival in London, Ont., and Competitions. She is a beautiful heart, a real gem, and of course, an outstanding musician and colleague.”
Angela learned from material that was published by Earle Roderick Moss, my late uncle. He was an internationally known piano teacher and recitalist. Mr. Moss also taught Angela Hewitt, currently one of the U.K.'s more famous classical pianists. Moss lived the last days of his life at Central Place in Owen Sound where he gave a concert about a month before his death. A few of his accomplished students from different countries traveled to Central Place in Owen Sound to witness this. The piano he played there is still in the home. It was donated with the help of piano teachers in Owen Sound so that he could play. Mr. Moss’s family lives here in Owen Sound.
The venue in which Ms. Park will perform is The Harmony Centre (the former Knox United Church). Cyril Moss, Earle Moss’s father and my grandfather, once worked at Knox United Church as organist. Mr. Moss Sr. was a composer. Both men composed music and wrote instructional texts that are still being performed and studied today. While at Knox long ago, in the 30’s and 40's, Cyril Moss believed the church was there to be used for more than just religious purposes. He encouraged the use of the church for social and entertainment purposes to create and strengthen a sense of community. He knew this would make it a pillar in the Owen Sound community where people would come to get their needs met whether religious or secular. He often held concerts there for the public. It is so wonderful that the good folks at the Harmony Centre are continuing this tradition that my grandfather envisioned long ago. The Owen Sound Hunger and Relief Efforts, the Benefit concert two weeks ago that was for the victims of a fire in Owen Sound, and concerts like the ones by The Choir that Rocks led by Tara Mackenzie are great examples of tradition.
The Georgian Bay Symphony’s Grand Piano, which Ms. Angela Park will perform on is turning 25 years old this year. On March 21st we will be rededicating this wonderful piano to the community. Well known Owen Sounder and international pianist Ms. Agnes Brown wanted her money to go to purchasing a high quality concert grand piano that would be in the community to not only attract musicians worldwide but to also be available for local students to get the opportunity of performing on such a magnificent instrument to begin their musical careers. Earle Roderick Moss performed on it. Kati Gleiser grew up with it. Angela Park will bring it to life again this Saturday night!
How did I meet Angela? Last year she and her fiancé at the time requested my wedding officiant services. Since then we connected sharing our backgrounds in music. Everyone in my family is famous! I am not famous. I get to enjoy their accomplishments. I am lucky in making friendships with wonderful and talented people while sharing connections with them and my family. My life is rich because of this and I want to share this in our community.
Ms. Angela Park will be performing at Harmony Owen Sound, 890 4th Avenue East, this Saturday, March 21st at 8:00 PM. Tickets will be sold at the door, doors open at 7:30 PM. Please come early.
A Public Master Class will be offered the following day at 1:00 PM at the same place. Everyone is welcome to attend to listen, observe, participate, and learn. Any music played must be classical in nature. This public Master Class is sponsored by Owen Sound friends Brain Morisuti and Liz Head.
This event is sponsored in part by MacLean Estate Bed & Breakfast, 404 9th Street East, hosts Matthew MacLean & Jamie Heimbecker keep the promise…“Where our home is your home!”
For more information visit www.mossygatherings.com or call Mossy 519-270-7082
Mossy, David Moss-Cornett, is Director of Mossy Gatherings