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Monday, November 6, 2017

Bio / William Dawson Jr.

William Dawson Jr is an alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with world renowned concert pianist, Rudolf Serkin. He went on to earn his Graduate Degree in Music at Yale University where he studied piano with John Kirkpatrick and Composition. He earned his Bachelor Degree at Wheaton College (IL). Dawson has appeared as soloist with major symphony orchestras including an NPR national broadcast with the Boston Pops and Arthur Fiedler, the Florida Philharmonic in Miami and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico. He has played recitals and given master classes all over the United States, Switzerland, Japan, Republic of China and Latin America. Gian Carlo Menotti invited Dawson to perform at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. His chamber music concerts include performances with members of the Miami String Quartet, Anne Williams, Principal Cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Daniel Majeske, late Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.

He is Professor Emeritus at Miami Dade College and is a founder of the New World School of the Arts in Miami where he was assistant to the Dean, John Delancie, former Director of the Curtis Institute of Music and Principal Oboist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Dawson was co-founder of the Escuela de Música J.S. Bach in Mérida, Yucatán and has served as Visiting Professor at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala City and the Conservatorio Victoriano Lopez in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. In 1994 the BiNational Symphony Orchestra premiered Dawson’s composition “Suite Chichen Itza” which was performed at that archaeological zone in Yucatan, Mexico. This work was performed and recorded in Miami by Grammy nominated Mexican conductor, Eduardo Diazmuñoz. The Instituto de Cultura in Yucatan produced a CD of Dawson’s “Trilogía Yucateca” for Soprano, Strings & Piano. In addition, Dawson has composed numerous songs based on poetry and traditional themes of the Yucatan. In recognition of his bi-national cultural achievements Dawson received various official honors and awards from the University of Yucatan, the State of Yucatan, Mexico and the U.S. State Department.

The Florida State Music Teachers Association named Dawson Commissioned Composer of the Year 2007. The Southwest Florida Symphony commissioned Dawson to compose choral music in 2008. At the invitation of Metropolitan Opera conductor, Maestro Paul Nadler, Dawson’s songs were performed in a New York concert in 2017 at the at the International Vocal Arts Institute. Dawson’s latest project is the setting of poetry by Peter Meinke, Florida Poet Laureate to music. Performances of these works have been scheduled throughout the state. His music has been published by Augsburg-Fortress. He is presently President of the Music Foundation of SW Florida.


New Art Songs ( English )

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New Art Songs ( Spanish )

Sacred Choral & Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

PIANO PERFORMANCES

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Compositions

Prayer in Gethsemane for String Orchestra
  I    Sorrow
  II   Anguish
  III  Acceptance

Suite Chichen Itza for Orchestra
     I   Pyramid of Kulculcan
    II   Sacred Well
    III  The Ball Court
    IV  Observatory
    V   Temple of the Warriors

Trilogía Yucateca for Piano, String Ensemble, & Soprano
   I    Introduction (Jarana) – Strings
   II   Canto a Mi Ciudad – Soprano, Piano & Strings – text by Luis Pérez Sabido
   III  Interlude (Peregrina) – Strings
   IV  Siempre – Soprano, Piano & Strings – text by Fernando Espejo
   V   Interlude (Caminante del Mayab) – Piano Solo
   VI  Danza del Pequeño Principe – Soprano, Piano & Strings – text by Antonio Mediz Bolio

Songs of Dust for Soprano, Piano, Violin & Piano – texts by Hannah Kahn
   I    Signature – Soprano & Piano (available for Baritone)
   II   Elegy – Piano, Violin & Cello
   III  Sudden Frost – Soprano, Piano, Violin & Cello
   IV   Nocturne – Piano Solo
    V   Ride a Wild Horse – Soprano, Piano, Violin & Cello

A Heart’s Affections - Song Cycle - text by Peter Meinke
                      Soprano (or Baritone) & Piano
    I    On Lake Norman
    II   Miss Arbuckle
    III  In Gentler Times
    IV  Poem to Old Friends Who Never Met
     V   The Golden Bird

Psalm 150 – SATB Chorus & Piano
Salmo 150 –  (Spanish version)
I am the Light – 2 part Chorus & Piano
Yo Soy La Luz  -  (Spanish Version)

Songs in Spanish – Soprano & Piano
Que Rico  -  text by Luis Péerez Sabido  (Mexico)
La Vida Niña  - text by Luis Pérez Sabido                      
El Amor que Yo Esperaba   -  text by Luis Pérez Sabido    
Danza del Pequeño Principe – text by Antonio Mediz Bolio (Mexico)
Canto a mi Ciudad  -  text by Luis Pérez Sabido
 Siempre  -  text by Fernando Espejo (Mexico)
 Canción del Otoño – Text by Luis Pérez Sabido
Caudal  - text by Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala)
Yo Quiero -  Duet for Sop. & Baritone (or Tenor)
Songs in English – Soprano (or tenor, baritone) & Piano
Psalm 100 “Make a Joyful Noise”
A Dream Within a Dream – text by Edgar Allen Poe
Signature – text by Hannah Kahn
Ride a Wild Horse – text by Hannah Kahn
A Heart’s Affections – Song Cycle – Texts by Peter Meinke
Pass-a-Grille – text by Donald Eastman, President-Eckerd College


                                  ARRANGEMENTS

Down to the River to Pray – SATB Chorus & Piano
The Water is Wide – 2 part Chorus & Piano
Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire (Alternate version with biblical text))
Circle Game (Joni Mitchell) SA Chorus & Piano
How Sweet the Sound – Youth Choir, SATB Chorus, Piano, Organ
Blame It on the Boogie – 4 part vocal & piano

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel for Alto (or Tenor) Saxophone & Piano

Spiritual Suite (Medley of African-American Spirituals) for Duo Saxophone (Alto & Tenor) & Piano
“Were You There”, “Wade in the Water”, “Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child”,
“Go Tell it on the Mountain”

Spiritual Suite- alt. version for Solo (Tenor) Saxophone & Piano
Spiritual Suite – alt.  version for Solo Saxophone & Strings

Spiritual Suite for Piano Trio (Piano, Violin, Cello)
Spiritual Suite –alt.  version for Voices & Piano Trio

River Suite (Medley of Traditional American Songs) for Piano Trio “O Shenandoah”, “Down in the River to Pray”, “Shall We Gather by the River”,
              “Suwanee River”

River Suite – alt. version for Voices & Piano Trio