Posted on December 6th, 2014 by jondavid

Happy holidays to all,

Following are a few upcoming highlights of my work:

New Collaboration with Zsuzsanna Ardó at European Parliament
Mirror, Mirror
International art exhibition at the European Parliament
March 23-27, 2015

Following our wonderfully successful collaboration on the installation, Könnyek, Almák és Kövek (Tears, Apples and Stones), which ran in Autumn of 2012 in Slovakia, Zsuzsanna and I are teaming up again this spring. Taking its title from Zsuzsanna’s eponymous poem, Mirror, Mirror brings together artists from Europe and beyond, inspired by interpretations and translations of the poem. Through film, poetry, image, and music, the exhibition explores how collective memory can endure through our attitudes towards “the Other.”

Another North Carolina Commission
If Music Be the Food of Love
Concentus Carolina
Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill, NC
Friday, February 6, 2015, 8PM

A wonderful new group, Concentus Carolina, led by Seth Garrepy, has asked me for a setting of If Music Be the Food of Love for its second concert program. The text is the opening monologue from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, not the words set by Purcell in his famous song. The work will be for solo SSA trio and mixed chorus. Thanks to Richard and Lynn Edmonds, who commissioned the work in memory of John Bavicchi, who taught composition to both Richard and myself.

Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Duke Vespers Ensemble
Duke Chapel, Durham, NC
TBD (late January/early February)

The premiere of my other North Carolina-commissioned work this season will likely be within weeks of that of If Music…, in late January/early February. The commission, announced in my last missive, is from the Duke Vespers Ensemble, Music Director, Brian Schmidt. Te Lucis will be premiered during Vespers service in the spectacular Duke Chapel space, and streamed live.

A Couple Holiday Performances

1. Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7 PM
The Chaffey College Chamber Choir,
Music Director David Rentz, performs my Merton setting, Flocks Feed by Darkness

Chaffey College Theater,
5885 Haven Avenue,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 9173

2. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8 PM
My dear friends, the Greenwich Village Chamber Singers and Music Director Mark Mangini, perform my Alleluia. It will be the premiere of the revised version of the piece.

St. Joseph’s Church
371 Sixth Avenue
New York City.

In L.A. weekend of Dec. 11 & 12 for West Coast premiere

Posted on December 7th, 2010 by jondavid

I’ll be in Los Angeles this coming weekend to attend the West Coast premiere of my largest mixed chorus work to date, the Fantasy on Medieval Carols. It’s a 20-minute piece for double chorus and piano: The Mountainside Master Chorale will be joined by the internationally acclaimed children’s chorus, Pueri Cantores. More details on my September 20 post. Also on the program are works by my buddy Martha Sullivan, Mark Kilstofte, P.D.Q Bach, and Pachelbel.

There are two performances: Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3:30, both at the Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Avenue, Claremont. I’ll definitely be at the Sunday afternoon performance and perhaps Saturday evening as well. Please say hello if you’re able to attend!

Fantasy on Medieval Carols to receive west coast premiere

Posted on September 20th, 2010 by jondavid

I am very excited to announce that the Mountainside Master Chorale (, based in Claremont, CA (in the Inland Valley, east of Los Angeles), will present the first west coast performance of my largest choral work to date. The performances will take place December 11 and 12 and will be led by David Rentz, my former colleague in C4, who will be making his debut as Music Director with MMC.

Composed for the 30th anniversary of The Greenwich Village Singers in 2005, the Fantasy is a through-composed work consisting of substantial re-imaginings of seven medieval carols, some well-known, others more obscure. In addition, the “Hodie” and “Laetabundus” chants are featured in the piano’s introductory and transitional material. The synthesis and juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane, which has long been part of the celebration of Christmas, plays a central role in my work, where, to give just one example, a soothing lullaby to Jesus is followed by a rowdy ode to a donkey.

The work is scored for double chorus, an adult mixed chorus and a children’s chorus. The score gives the option of using a small group of women from the adult chorus in place of a children’s chorus. The MMC performances of the piece will be the first to use all adult forces.

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