My wind ensemble piece, En Seumeillant: Reflections on a 14th-century French Ballade will be premiered by the Manhattan Wind Ensemble on March 2, 2014 at 4PM. The performance is part of the Columbia Festival of Winds and will take place at the Roone Arledge Auditorium, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY. The work was commissioned by the ensemble’s Music Director, Christopher Baum.

Other performances over the next month-plus:

  • St. Johns Dance for alto saxophone and piano

 David Wozniak, saxophone; Krista Wallace-Boaz, piano

1. Sunday, February 23, 2014 (tomorrow!), 4:30pm
Church of the Reconciliation, 110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

2. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:30pm
Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

  • Stabat Mater for mixed chorus

University of Illinois Chorale
Kristina Boerger, conductor
March 15, 2014, 7:30PM
Foellinger Great Hall
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL

  • How Sweet I Roamed for mixed chorus

Holy Cross College Choir
David Harris, conductor

1. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 8PM
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

2. Friday, April 4, 2014, 8PM
Brooks Concert Hall
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

St. John’s Dance, March 16 in Salem, MA

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by jondavid

My next performance is the world premiere of my first purely instrumental work in eons. St. John’s Dance is an 11-minute work for alto saxophone and piano, commissioned by saxophonist David Wozniak. The title refers to the medieval phenomenon of “dancing mania”, in which large groups of people would spontaneously break into frenetic dancing for hours at a time until they would collapse. Reportedly, some participants would strip naked, attack spectators, or dance so intensely that they fatally injured themselves. The explanations behind “choreomania”, as it’s also known, run the gamut from religious cults to poisoning by ergot, a fungus on grain that caused hallucinations (and worse) in epidemic proportions. Or perhaps it was all just medieval flashmobs! My piece moves breathlessly and schizophrenically through much of its duration, making great demands on both performers, with wide use of extended techniques in the sax.

Details: David Wozniak, alto saxophone; Liz Ames, piano. Saturday, March 16 at 3:30 PM as part of the 2013 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference. The location is the Recital Hall in Salem State University’s Central Campus Building, Salem, Massachusetts. I hope to see some of my Boston friends there!

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