The Moore Festival Singers sing Douglas Moore's "Down at the North Fork Country Club Cabaret."
The Moore Festival Singers sing Douglas Moore’s “Down at the North Fork Country Club Cabaret.”

For the past 34 years, members of the Cutchogue community have come together the second weekend in August to pay homage to the composer Douglas Moore, who wrote much of his work in a small writing studio overlooking Downs Creek on Moore’s Lane in Cutchogue.

Mr. Moore was born August 10, 1893 at his family’s homestead on Moore’s Lane. He wrote for theater, film ballet and orchestra, but his greatest fame came from his operatic works “The Devil and Daniel Webster” in 1938 and “The Ballad of Baby Doe” in 1956. In 1951, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his opera “Giants in the Earth.”

Saturday night, The Sound Symphony, under the direction of Ben Arendsen, performed two arias from “The Ballad of Baby Doe” and other orchestral works for the crowd on the Cutchogue Village Green.

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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