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Recent and Upcoming Projects

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Maine Pro Musica has commissioned "Waterways," a multi-media orchestra piece to capture the history and folkways of Maine's relationship to water: to the coastal enterprises; to the inland woods and rivers; and to the future of wind and wave power. David will work with writer/educator Susan Miville, his partner in ArtsEngage. The piece will be funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation. Article here.

David has joined with writer/educator Susan Mivlle, a frequent collaborator, to form ArtsEngage, an arts consulting partnership designed to helps communities, businesses, and schools use creativity to learn, innovate and tell their stories.

Dreams of Wisdom
First performed, Jan 2, 2007 St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC. Commissioned for Music at St. Peter's Chamber Music Series. For violin, cello, bass clarinet, piano and percussion. Five movements inspired by the paintings of Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. New York Premiere, May 17, 2008 at the Nicholas Roerich Museum.
  • Composer's Program Notes (pdf)
  • David talks about Nicholas Roerich (mp3)
  • Radio interview with David about the piece (mp3)
  • David reports on progress during composition of the piece (mp3)
  • Charlotte Observer article (pdf)

Blue Ridge Chamber Players
April 13, 2007, Jefferson, NC. Chamber works for cello, guitar, flute, piano, sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council

The Spirit of Community
Premiere performance, May 31, 2007. Interpreting History through the Arts grant in conjunction the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Community House Middle School, Charlotte, NC.
For treble choir, orchestra and percussion.

Composer-in-the-Schools Project
Premiere performance: May 6, 2007. A new work for strings and percussion Commissioned by Charlotte Civic Orchestra and ArtsTeach.
  • Promotional flier

Psalm 138
Premiere performances, March 3-4, 2006, Carolina VoicesFestival Singer, Donna Hill, cond. Repeat performance May, 2007 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC. Commissioned by Carolina Voices in conjunction with Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition, Discovery Place, Charlotte, NC.
  • Program Notes (pdf)
  • Radio interview with David about the piece (mp3)
  • Opening page of the score (pdf)
  • First page of score for Movement V (pdf)
  • Sample page of score for All the Kings of the Earth section (pdf)

Mill Project: A Piedmont Rhapsody
Premiere April, 2005; over 25 performances in Charlotte and throughout Piedmont region of NC and SC. For Chamber Ensemble, Narrator and Video. Commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

A special two-year initiative sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody is inspired by life in the textile mill villages of the Carolinas. The multi-media program combines oral history, poetry, photography and video with music drawn from traditional Southern roots and the symphonic tradition. This project received the 2005 MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement.
  • Associated Press story (pdf)
  • Charlotte Observer preview (pdf)
  • Rock Hill Herald preview (pdf)
  • Charlotte Observer review (pdf)
  • Three pages from the score (pdf): Water, Whistles, Trains, Handsome Bungalows, Sound Scape

gcina Johannesburg Stories
March 2006, Moving Poets Theater of Dance. An evening of music, dance, drama and stories featuring South African author and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe. Music composed and arranged by David Crowe.
  • Bird Dance (mp3)