Items from the estate of noted musical conductor Anthony Morss will be sold Feb. 25 The entire contents of a seven-room home and three-room guest house of Anthony Morss, the noted music director and principal conductor, will be sold on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Litchfield, Conn., at 1 pm
include brass decorative tools and screens), Oriental wall hangings and wall tapestries. Also, books belonging to Mr. Morssís late wife, a former culinary chef, will be sold, among them collectible vintage cookbooks. Other books, kept in a separate library and including handsome leather-bound volumes, will also be sold. At press time, still more items from this well-stocked and beautifully maintained home were being inventoried.
ďThis will be a discovery sale in the true sense of the word, as the massive contents of Mr. Morss's beautiful home will be uncovered right up to the day of the auction,Ē Mr. Chapulis said, adding that photos of many of the items could be viewed on his website (timsauction.com). Phone and absentee bids will be accepted for this auction.
Anthony Morss was born in Boston and studied at the New England Conservatory and National Orchestra Association in New York. While still a student, he was picked by Leopold Stokowski to be choral master and associate conductor for his Symphony of the Air. This led to prominent positions at Julliard, the Norwalk Symphony and the Majorca Symphony in Spain.
Mr. Morss has guest conducted the Madrid, Barcelona, Marseilles and Cape Town symphonies, as well as the Tampa Bay Opera, the New York Lyric Opera, the National Grand Opera and many others. A high point in his career came in 1976, when he conducted the American premiere of Massenetís Marie Magdalene with Regine Crespin at Avery Fisher Hall.
In 1978, Mr. Morss led a production of the Marseilles Opera with Marton, Aragall and Wixell. At Tully Hall,1990, he conducted a concert version of Fidelio with original instruments, the first such performance of standard repertory opera in New York. He was appointed to his current post with NJAVO in 1995. He is also music director of the Lubo Opera Company (N.J.).
Admittance to the auction and preview will be a suggested $5 donation for St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Timís late father. By the end of the year, Timís, Inc., will have raised about $50,000 for the charity, a fitting amount considering this is the 50th year anniversary of St. Jude's, which treats cancer patients regardless of their ability to pay. St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas.
Timís, Inc. is celebrating 33 years in business (1979-2012). The next big event after this will be the annual Cabin Fever Auction, slated for Sunday, March 25, at the firm's gallery in Bristol. Tim's, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call Tim Chapulis at (860) 459-0964, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about Timís, Inc. and the Feb.25 on-site Anthony Morss estate sale, or the March 25 Cabin Fever Auction, please log on to www.timsauction.com.