Few contemporary composers are able to combine rich imagery, choric challenge, tasteful artistry, ardent faith, and elegiac poetry like Dan Forrest. Though relatively young, his musical soul exudes sagacity, breadth, and depth. His choral works are sought for their lyrical virtuosity that compels the listener to reflect upon our common humanity and divine origins.
The concert will feature five short works in the first part, each tracing the journey of the soul towards joy through creation, reflection, attribution, conversion, and gratitude, and it will be accompanied by the composer himself. The second part features the composer’s much-performed, multilingual, and multi-faceted
Jubilate Deo (2016).
There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30 p.m. on both nights.
Dr. Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad, through both smaller works and his major works Requiem for the Living (2013), Jubilate Deo (2016), and LUX: The Dawn From On High (2018). Dan holds graduate degrees in composition and piano performance, and is active as a composer, educator, publisher, editor, and pianist. Dr. Dan Forrest will accompany the choir on the piano for the part 1 of the concert.