Alicia Hall Moran starred as “Bess” on the National Tour of the Tony award-winning Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, directed by Diane Paulus, earning accolades nationwide.
Last seen at Festival Miami in Gershwin! Gershwin! Gershwin! with baritone Kevin Short and the Frost Wind Ensemble, Moran returns with pianist Shelton Berg for another stellar evening of opera and jazz. Known for pushing the boundaries of performance with passionate flair, Moran and Berg will explore the jazzier side of grand opera and the lyrical components of jazz. Iconic composers from both great art forms will get their due in this concert designed to awaken the ears to the drama in jazz standards like Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and the improvisatory nature of arias by Rossini. Hybrid moments from Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin will resonate in new ways alongside works from Clifford Brown and Stevie Wonder when these artists engage their instruments in this adventurous dialogue.
Moran’s recent debut album HEAVY BLUE, which walks the line between opera and jazz, was met with critical praise. “The singing is deeply assured and pliable in its effect: Ms. Hall Moran has a bell-like tone and impeccable control, but she understands what a bit of ragged intensity can do,” wrote the New York Times.