CLOVER — The Annie Moses Band, a family group based in classical music, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets are $15 each.
Band members are parents Bill and Robin Wolaver and their children, ages 10 to 24, are Annie, Alex, Benjamin, Gretchen, Camille and Jeremiah. The older siblings trained in the pre-college program at the Julliard School of Music; the youngest are on their way to similar distinction.
The band is named for the children’s great grandmother, and the story behind it inspires as much as the music itself. Bill and Robin met as music students at Oklahoma City University. He was a classical pianist and jazz lover, she was a voice major raised on traditional music played back home in the Kiamichi Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. Their tastes joined in popular song, and after their marriage they went to work for Word Music in Waco, Texas.
After a few years, the Wolavers moved up to Word’s national office in Nashville, where they began to raise a family. Robin was convinced that learning to play music was fundamental to the learning experience.
“If I ruled the world,” she said, “all children would start their education with music. If you study it from ages 3 to 12, your IQ is higher, you do better at math and science, and you go further. So we didn’t ask their opinion; when each child was 3 or 4 years old, the lessons began.”
And that was fine with the kids, each of whom showed a proclivity for a different instrument. Annie took to the violin because, her mother laughs, “it’s high-strung.” Alex studied viola. Benjamin followed on cello, being, as Robin observes, “a laid-back fellow.”
As the Annie Moses Band, they combine all their attributes: love for one another, prodigious talent, as well as a creative curiosity that goes beyond the classics and into the great questions of life.
“If you love heavy metal, that doesn’t mean you can’t love Bach or Mozart,” Robin said. “The common denominator is, simply, good music.”
For details, call the auditorium at 803-222-8018.