Concert to honor Barry music professor with weeks left to live
Thomas Moore, center, a Barry University music professor, has Stage IV kidney cancer, and is expected to live just a few weeks. Moore will be honored Thursday with a concert. He is pictured here with Michael Andrews, left, and Cilo Fodere. ALEXIA FODERE / FREELANCE
BY JAMES BURNETT III
Longtime music teacher and Barry University adjunct violin professor Thomas Moore will be honored Thursday afternoon, on his birthday, in what some are billing the last concert of his life.
Moore, who has taught music — specifically violin, for more than 50 years, has Stage IV kidney cancer, and is expected to live just a few weeks.
Moore says he has taught between 1,500 and 2,000 students over the years.
Perhaps most unique about the concert, dubbed the “Thomas Moore Celebratory Concert,” is that the performers will be former students of Moore’s, who have either become professional musicians themselves, or who credit Moore with helping them achieve other professional success.
The concert will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami, 609 Brickell Ave.
About 250 guests are expected, including Charles Castleman, of the prestigious Eastman School of Music.
If Moore, who also holds appointments as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the New World School of the Arts, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Miami School of Music, has the strength Thursday, he will perform along with classical pianist Gary Hammond.