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St. Francis - The Episcopal Church in Potomac : Music at Eventide
- Gary Davison, Organist and Choirmaster
St. Francis - The Episcopal Church in Potomac : Listen Up!
- from Gary Davison, Organist & Choirmaster -
Gary Davison Gary Davison Gary Davison Gary Davison Gary Davison First performed on 17 May 2012 (Ascension Day) by the Choir of Saint Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac, Maryland, conducted by the Organist & Choirmaster, Gary Davison. For reference, Grayston Ives served for almost two decades as Organist, Informator Choristarum, and Fellow and Tutor in Music at Oxford University's Magdalen College. He is a former chorister of Ely Cathedral and of The King's Singers. Recently, at an evensong, I was happily listening to the [sung] Responses, eyes closed - they were so lovely and I thought to myself, They must be by Gary Davison - and they were! Your music is incredibly uplifting and moving; and in my opinion, among the very finest and most sublime of church music. Endless thanks to you for providing the world with such beautiful music." It's been a long time since a broadcast of Choral Evensong has been featured on 5:4; today's service from Wells Cathedral-part of the New Music Wells Festival-broke the moribund trend of these broadcasts to celebrate English banalities in aspic, & revelled in a collection of new choral music.?It got off to a poor start, however; the American composer Gary Davison's setting of a text by Thomas Ken, "Glory to thee, my God, this night", does little more than execute the most perfunctory & predictable word-painting; it's an utter waste of a really rather lovely text-do we really need yet more composers incessantly churning out this banal brand of generic guff? Perhaps a few, such as my dear choristers, will be astonished that Mr Davison is so old! Gary Davison, O-C
THE CHORAL MUSIC OF GARY DAVISON
Steeped in the rich Anglican choral tradition, American composer, Gary Davison, is one of the US's leading composers of sacred choral music. He brings a deep love of this heritage to all of his writing. Through the lens of the post-modern era, he embraces many of the modal and tonal techniques of Western music to inform his own artistry. Performers and audiences alike admire his compositional style for its idiomatic expression and freshness of voice. Critical acclaim supports this esteem with such descriptions of his work as "persuasive ... imaginative and polished ... sumptuous and engaging" (The Washington Post); "seductive and spirited ... smooth, flexible and clear, allowing the music to shine from within" (Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany); as well as "breathtaking and exquisite ... exactly the kind of rewarding challenge singers love best. (The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians). Gary Davison is Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative keyboard artist, and particularly enjoys a close musical relationship as a composer with Wells Cathedral. This is the first recoding entirely devoted to Gary Davison's choral music, and is sung by the renowned choir of Wells Cathedral, conducted by Matthew Owens.
Parish Brunch in Celebration of Gary Davison 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
St. Francis - The Episcopal Church in Potomac : Calendar Parish Brunch in Celebration of Gary Davison
Little Bear Press - Biography & Reviews
Gary Davison is an internationally acclaimed
musician of diverse talents. His work as a keyboard artist, composer, and conductor has been described by various critics as "seductive and spirited...smooth, flexible and clear, allowing the music to shine from within" (Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany), "persuasive ...imaginative and polished... sumptuous and engaging" (The Washington Post), as well as "breathtaking and exquisite" (The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians). Mr. Davison has been a featured artist throughout the United States and Europe, on public radio, and in such notable venues as The National Cathedral and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Saint Thomas Church and Columbia University in New York City, the renowned Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts, Harvard University and Church of the Advent in Boston, London's Southwark Cathedral and Hamburg's famed Hauptkirche Sankt Katherinen. Both The American Guild of Organists and The Association of Anglican Musicians have featured him at regional and national conventions. Currently, Mr. Davison is the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland. He served as Composer-in-Residence and Keyboard Artist for the Washington area's Cantate Chamber Singers for seven seasons, and has held two fellowships in composition at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Colette photo Mr. Davison is a Dean's Scholar graduate of Boston University's School for the Arts (MusM, MusB magna cum laude), a recipient of the Associate Certificate from the American Guild of Organists (AAGO), and an inductee of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. Along with his wife, Julie, Mr. Davison resides in Maryland with their "Little Bear," Colette. "Among the selections . . . Gary Davison's What Child Is This? (was) excellent."