The Spartanburg Music Trail expands again when signage honoring David Daniels and Carlos DuPré Moseley is unveiled in a ceremony along St. John Street just west of The George Dean Johnson School of Business Tuesday, March 3, at noon. The public is invited, and David Daniels will be in attendance.
“Carlos Moseley and David Daniels are without question the two sons of Spartanburg whose stars have burned the brightest in the top realms of the classical music universe.”
“Carlos Moseley and David Daniels are without question the two sons of Spartanburg whose stars have burned the brightest in the top realms of the classical music universe,” commented Miles Hoffman, who teaches viola at Converse and directs the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series. “During his time at the New York Philharmonic, Carlos was one of the most important and most innovative music executives in the world, a beloved figure in the field and a friend and colleague to many of the 20th century’s greatest composers and performers. David Daniels has revolutionized people’s conception of the countertenor voice and its possibilities, and he is in constant demand with all the world’s great opera companies and top orchestras.”
Hoffman, well known as a music contributor for National Public Radio and as a member of the American Chamber Players, collaborated with Petrie School of Music colleagues Dr. David Berry and Sarah Spigner to select recordings to represent both musicians for their trail markers. “We pored over lots of recordings and thought long and hard about which selections might best represent Carlos and David. The problem was that there were so many that fit the bill,” he said. “Ultimately we chose, for Carlos, two recordings of the New York Philharmonic, one with Leonard Bernstein (a good friend of Carlos and Music Director of the Philharmonic during Carlos’s tenure with the orchestra) conducting, and one that features a movement from the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, one of Carlos’s favorite pieces. For David, we could have thrown darts at any of his recordings and come up with good choices, but we feel that the pieces we chose show off the beauty of his voice particularly well.”
Carlos DuPré Moseley (1914-2012) earned worldwide distinction in a career as Managing Director, President, and Chairman of the Board of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. A recipient of South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto, he was a founder of the Friends of the School of Music at Converse College and a generous patron of Converse, Wofford College, and the Chapman Cultural Center.
The New York Times called David Daniels (b. 1966) “the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever.” The son of Phyllis and Perry Daniels, beloved Converse College voice professors, Daniels has starred in productions at many of the world’s most famous opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) and the Bavarian State Opera.
The Spartanburg Music Trail opened in 2011 when signage honoring 12 musicians and bands was added along Main Street and Liberty streets. Since that time four others have been added in the area of the Chapman Cultural Center. The trail ultimately will circle the downtown business district.
The trail is produced by a partnership that includes the Hub City Writers Project, the City of Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. Recent additions to the trail were selected in a poll conducted by GoUpstate.com.