Annie Moses Band Returns to DWT

For more than a decade, the Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences with a their distinctive style of music— and for one night, the band is making a stop at Diana Wortham Theatre to wow the crowd in Asheville.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the band will be bringing its captivating blend of folk and classical music to the DWT stage.

“We are so excited — Asheville is one of our favorite cities in America,” Annie said during a recent interview. “We have toured all over, and we love it there. We are excited to bring this show back to the Wortham.”

The Annie Moses Band is an award-winning group of Juilliard-trained musicians and songwriters dedicated to musical and spiritual excellence in the arts. With roots in both classical, jazz, and Christian music, the group has recorded six albums and performs more than 100 concerts annually.

The band’s innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world in record-breaking numbers of airings on PBS and on stages like Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

“Annie Moses Band is a classical crossover group — it’s a string band but it’s in a commercial music setting,” Annie said. “ You hear everything from folk to jazz to pop combined in a refreshing unique style. “

The Annie Moses Band is a family. Annie Dupre is the lead violinist and vocalist, while her brother Alex is the group’s violist. Their parents — the Band’s primary songwriters — are Bill and Robin Wolaver, who have been writing for 25 years. Joining them are Benjamin, the group’s cellist, Camille, the Band’s harpist and keyboard player, Gretchen, on the mandolin and violin, and cameo appearances by Jeremiah, who plays the banjo and guitar.  Javier Santiago also contributes on drums and percussion while Mario Sangermano plays bass.

The band is named after the siblings’ great-grandmother, Annie Moses, who was an poor sharecropper who invested in the musical talents of her daughter.

“We have a very strong mission as the Annie Moses Band to inspire new generations of young and up and coming musicians and artists,” Annie said. “One of the things we are doing in Asheville is the concert is being performed in collaboration with the Asheville Youth Choir. They are super talented and we are so looking forward to that.”

The band also has a nonprofit called the Annie Moses Foundation, which supports the artistic aspirations of young people and their families, thus enabling musicians to grow “roots and wings.”

“I feel like our greatest achievement as a group has been the hundreds of students in the U.S. who are playing music because they’ve seen Annie Moses Band,” Annie said. “Every time we stand on stage and play something and people love it and are inspired by it, that’s keep you going as an artist.”

The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the downtown Asheville location, 2 South Pack Square. For tickets call 828-257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com.

By Shelby Harrell

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.