Easter Season Celebrated with Gospel and Bluegrass at Heritage Center

Mar 9, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

The University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center continues its 2nd annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with the Annie Moses Band, Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Members of Annie Moses Band share family ties and are no strangers to musical innovations, sharing their faith and family legacy along the way. 

WHAT:           Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series – Annie Moses Band with special guest, Joshua Carswell

WHEN:           Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:         John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

TICKETS:      $25-$29 adult, $20-$25 faculty/staff/alum, $15 non-UD student/child, $8 UD student


Annie Moses Band's innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world - in record-breaking numbers of airings on PBS and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.The band weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making.  Combining many genres of music into a style that unifies audiences, young and old, progressive and conservative, their American roots music fuses gospel, jazz, Celtic, and classical to create a dynamic concert experience.  Annie Moses’ UD performance will feature sacred music as well as selections from their show, Rhapsody in Bluegrass.  Vocalist Joshua Carswell joins the Annie Moses Band as special guest. 

Annie Moses Band’s sound has been recognized by the Billboard charts in three different genres.  The sextet of strings is comprised of Wolaver siblings: Annie Dupre – lead vocalist and violinist; Alex Wolaver – lead violist; Ben Wolaver – cello; Camille Wolaver – piano and harp; Gretchen Wolaver – mandolin, violin, and back-up vocals; and Jeremiah Wolaver – classical and electric guitar.  UD Theological Seminary alumnus and banjo player extraordinaire Edwin Lacy opens will open for the Annie Moses Band.  Lacy currently serves as pastor of Wild Goose Christian Community in Indian Valley, Virginia.

The performance will be preceded by a free pre-show lecture in Babka Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. featuring Annie Moses’ mother, Robin Donica Wolaver, who recently released a Guideposts Book, titled The Song of Annie Moses: A Musical Quest, A Mother’s Gift.  She will speak on the inspiration and origin of Annie Moses Band.  Ms. Wolaver will provide insights into her extraordinary journey to honor her musical roots and instill God’s wellspring of love in her children, recounting how one mother, born in mountain poverty and seclusion, developed her musical heritage, and then led her children, through hard work and spiritual development, to The Juilliard School and ultimately to the founding of the Annie Moses Band – igniting a fire of purpose and spiritual excellence within them.  The pre-show session closes with a question-and-answer period.

Tickets for Annie Moses Band can be purchased now at the Farber Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

TH Media serves as the Heritage Center 2014-2015 season presenting media partner.