Special to the EagleHerald
The Annie Moses Band will perform at Blesch Auditorium in Menominee Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. This concert is the first in the River Cities Concert Association 2019-2020 season.
Special to the EagleHerald

The Annie Moses Band will perform at Blesch Auditorium in Menominee Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. This concert is the first in the River Cities Concert Association 2019-2020 season.

MENOMINEE — The River Cities Concert Association (RCCA) will present its first concert of the 2019-2020 season. The Annie Moses Band, Copland to Cash: The Great American Spirit, will perform at Blesch Auditorium, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Ann LaFleur at Mattson Insurance and Thielen Family Dental of Peshtigo is sponsoring this concert.

The story of the Annie Moses Band began in a cotton field in North Texas during the Great Depression. Annie Moses, (the band’s great grandmother), picked cotton for a wealthy landowner, saving to pay for a few piano lessons for her daughter, Jane, who did the same for her daughter, Robin. Growing up, the band’s parents worked hard to give their children the best education possible. But in 2002, the family came to a crossroads: Do they stay on the classical path or take a risk and making original music? The answer was the Annie Moses Band, an eclectic sound that is a unique blend of roots music and classical Polish.

The Annie Moses Band is a classical, crossover ensemble who are known for their virtuoso string playing, eclectic vocals and stylistically-diverse arrangements. The group includes six siblings and their father who is an award-winning composer, arranger and pianist. They play many instruments including harp, violin, cello, piano, drums and guitars. They have studied at the Juilliard School of Music, are songwriters, producers, vocalists and musicians.

Their program includes Classical, Americana, progressive folk and jazz influences. Their program is divided into three parts: “Immigrants,” “Outlaws” and “Cowboys” and includes Appalachian Spring highlights by Aaron Copland, the Orange Blossom Special, Ghost Riders in the Sky and spirituals.

The Annie Moses Band has recorded more than a dozen albums, produced PBS specials, traveled the world, and performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

Other Concerts in the RCCA series include: Take 3 (piano, cello, violin; pops and classical), Oct. 15; Thomas Pandolfi (American concert pianist, Russian romance and the movies), Nov. 14; Ball in the House (five male, a capella band), March 26; and Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (circus and animal show), April 27.

Memberships and single tickets will be available at the door. Single tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students. Memberships may also be purchased online at www.rcconcerts.com and at the following businesses:

¦ Heritage Hearing Care (credit cards accepted), 705 10th Ave., Menominee, 906-864-2945

¦ Mattison Insurance Agency Inc., Ann LaFleur, 1405 Marinette Ave., Marinette (across from Hometown Restaurant), 715-732-4044

¦ Peshtigo Pharmacy, 220 French St., Peshtigo, 715-582-4237

Memberships are for all five concerts and cost $50 for adults 18 years and older; $15 for students (through college); $115 for the family package (two adults and all children through high school); and $115 for the grandparent package (two adults and three children through high school).

For more information, people may contact Barb Akins by calling 906-863-7387, write to RCCA, P.O. Box 191, Menominee, Michigan, 49858; or e-mail them at rcconcerts@gmail.com.