Four of Dan’s new pieces will be premiered this summer:
- Who Can Sail Without a Wind?, the newest piece in Dan’s Folk Songs of America series, will be premiered by the Hopkins High School Choir, conducted by Philip Brown, May 28, in Minnetonka, MN. The piece is an arrangement of an old Swedish folk song (for SATB chorus and piano, four-hands) that would have been sung by Scandinavian immigrants in Minnesota, in early settling days.
- Jesus, Lord, We Look To Thee will be conducted by Anton Armstrong at the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts Convocation in Pittsburg, Thursday July 18. This anthem (a new setting of a Charles Wesley text) was commissioned to be premiered at this national convocation.
- Cantate Canticum Novum will be premiered in Dublin, Ireland, the last week of July, at the World Choral Festival. Both Dan and Charles Anthony Silvestri (who wrote the new text for the piece) will be in residence, with Dan accompanying and Tony singing in the choir. The piece will be performed (along with others of Dan and Tony’s works) at the National Concert Hall of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (pictured).
- The chamber version of Requiem For the Living will be premiered by Bel Canto at the Hinshaw Celebration Gala Concert in Raleigh, NC, on August 2. For information on attending, click here.
Additional upcoming premieres include…
- The premiere of Himenami (collaboration with Charles Anthony Silvestri) by the Tenjo Hanabi Choir in Osaka, Japan, September 15, 2013.
- The premiere of a new setting of Hark The Herald Angels Sing by the combined choirs of Westminster Choir College at their annual Readings and Carols service at Princeton Chapel, in December 2013.
Dan’s Requiem for the Living, a 45-minute work for chorus and orchestra, was premiered this spring by the Hickory Choral Society (pictured, in rehearsal), to critical acclaim. (The review can be read here.)
Video of two of the five movements is available on the Media page, or on Dan’s Youtube channel (click the Youtube icon over on the right, under “Connect”).
The Requiem will now be published by late July/early August by Hinshaw Music, and will be featured at the Perspectives Workshop in Santa Fe, NM, in July, and the Hinshaw Celebration in Raleigh, NC, August 2-3. Several performances are already scheduled:
- The Hinshaw Celebration, where Dan will be a featured clinician, will feature the premiere of the chamber-instrumentation version, by the Bel Canto company, August 2. For information on attending, click here.
- The New York premiere of the Requiem will be in Carnegie Hall, January 19, 2014, through DCINY, conducted by Dr. Jamie Meaders (Mississippi College).
- Additionally, the Requiem will be performed in Alice Tully Hall April 26, 2014, conducted by Dr. Gary Schwarzhoff (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire).
- Other performances are being planned; further details will be available as they are confirmed. For more information on the Requiem, please contact Dan.
Dan will be composer-in-residence at the 2013 World Choral Fest in Dublin, Ireland, July 21-27. The festival attendees will be staying at Trinity College and will be preparing a concert of music which will be performed at the historic Christ Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the National Concert Hall. The concerts will include three of Dan’s pieces- one of which will be the world premiere of a new collaboration between Dan and Charles Anthony Silvestri (who will also be there for the week, singing in the choir). For more information, visit the World Choral Fest site.