Friday, August 4, 2017

Joplin Globe: At Spiva Center for the Arts, Heartland Opera Theatre presents "My Soul's Been Anchored" by Florence B. Price at 7 PM Saturday, August 5

Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works Lists by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Xavier Moore (left) and Heidi Moore, of Heartland Opera Theatre, will perform Saturday at Spiva Center for the Arts alongside the exhibit "A Bell(e)s Ball."
Photo illustration | Joe Hadsall

By Joe Hadsall

August 4, 2017

An exhibit at Spiva Center for the Arts has inspired a concert highlighting women who have made a mark on history.
Xavier Moore and Heidi Moore, of Heartland Opera Theatre, will present a number of selections “Homage to Influential Women.” The program features music written by women and about powerful women throughout history, including Joan of Arc and Cleopatra.
“We decided to feature songs about historical women that feature prominently,” said Emily Larson, of Heartland Opera Theatre. “Additionally, we wanted to feature composers that don’t get showcased quite as often.”

Xavier and Heidi Moore, who are husband and wife, are also experienced opera singers. Xavier Moore is the group’s general director. 
Selections in the program include “Ah! Love But Day” by Amy Beach, Handel’s “V’adoro Pupille” about Cleopatra,” Verdi’s “O Fatidica Foresta” about Joan of Arc, “Warum Sind Denn du Rosen so Blass” by Fanny Mendelssohn and “My Soul’s Been Anchored” by Florence Price.

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