One of the last students of legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger, David Conte has been Professor of Composition and Conductor of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1985, and on the Composition Faculty of the European American Music Alliance in Paris since 2011. He is the composer of over seventy published works, including five operas, a musical, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, chamber music, organ, piano, guitar, and harp. With composer Todd Boekelheide, Conte co-wrote the film score for the documentary Ballets Russes, shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2005, (now available on DVD) and composed the music for the PBS documentary, Orozco: Man of Fire in 2006, shown on the American Masters Series in the fall of 2007.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013; 7:30PM
"Sonatine for Piano"
Samuel Grodin, pianist
Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC, Los Angeles samuelgrodin.com/calendar.html
Monday, October 14, 8 pm | St. Paul's Church, 199 Carroll Street (Carroll Gardens), Brooklyn Monday, October 21, 8 pm | John Street Church, 44 John Street (Downtown), Manhattan Saturday, October 26, 8 pm | Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Ave (Upper East Side), Manhattan
"Invocation and Dance" & "Elegy For Matthew" (in memory of Matthew Sheppard
Chameleonic; Vincent Peterson, conductor www.choralchameleon.com/concerts.html
Thursday, October 24th, 2013; 3:30PM
"Requiem Songs" for soprano, violin, harp, and organ (world premiere)
In Memory of Don Campbell (1946-2012)
Magali Léger, soprano; Alexis Galpérnine, violin; Marie-Pierre Cochereau, harp;
Carolyn Shuster Fournier, organ
Eglise de la Trinité, Paris shusterfournier.com/english/?page_id=8
Saturday, November 16th, 2013; 7:00PM/First Unitarian Church, San Francisco Sunday, November 24th, 2013 4PM; Presentation Theatre, University of San Francisco
Elegy for Matthew
Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, Lick-Wilmerding High School and the University of San Francisco
William Sauerland, conductor www.lgcsf.org
"I positively reviewed Conte's opera 'Firebird Motel' in a previous issue...
here is a different side of the composer, the liturgical side...
Conte's expertise in choral writing is underscored by his 'Two Hymns'...
his restrained "Ave Maria" is a beautiful piece of writing...
his work is all the more effective for its simplicity."
Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine