John David Earnest

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"...John David Earnest has devoted most of his long compositional career to music for orchestra, song cycles,
and choral music. Earnest’s skill as a composer raises the
craft itself to an expressive element of the music.
The forms are simple, direct, and clearly-articulated.
It’s a case where the technique so identifies with the content that the quality of the work translates into expression."

Sequenza 21 - CD Review by Steven Hicken

 


Recent Performances and Recordings

 

CHIMERA

New CD recording of two works by Earnest:
Chimera Waltzes for flute, clarinet, & piano
Serenade and Dance for clarinet & piano

As well as works by: Gross, Sollberger, Bermel, Dorff, Schoenfield
Released in November 2016 on Albany Records (Troy 1652)
www.AlbanyRecords.com

 

 

THREE FOR THREE (Chameleon Tango, Loss, Cycle Song)

for two B-flat Clarinets & Bass Clarinet
Premiere: September 9, 2016
Spencer Jones, Jacob Ward, clarinets, Shannon Scott, bass clarinet
Washington State University, Pullman, WA


BERCEUSE

for Solo Cello
May 20, 2016
Sally Singer, cello
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
 

TWO FOR TWO

for Cello & Piano
April 29, 2016
Sally Singer, cello, Jackie Wood, piano
Whitman College
 

STREETS OF LAREDO

SWEET BETSY

for SATB Chorus & Piano 4-hands
April 23, 2016
Whitman Chorale, Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, conductor
Whitman College


CHASING THE SUN

Scherzo for Orchestra


performed by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, April 3, 2016

"The orchestra really dug into your piece, and I heard many musicians compliment the writing. 
I think it's a brilliant concert opener, and the audience also seemed to enjoy it very much."
Scott Speck, Music Director
(Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra,
Joffrey Ballet, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony Orchestra)

 

CHIMERA WALTZES

for Flute, Clarinet, & Piano

Premiere : March 15, 2016
Leonard Garrison, flute, Shannon Scott, clarinet, Melissa Loehnig, piano
Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

 

 

WHO IS THAT FAT CHILD?

Words by Tray Christopher
December 18, 2015
Choral Arts, Robert Bode, conductor
Holiday Reception, The White House, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Earnest is profoundly honored that this simple Christmas choral piece was recently performed at The White House during a holiday reception hosted by President and Mrs. Obama. His thanks to Choral Arts, the extraordinary chorus from Seattle and its conductor, Robert Bode, for performing the piece.

 

POSTCARDS FROM FRANK

Words by Frank LoScalzo
December 11, 2015
Louis Randall Brooks, baritone, David Kim, piano
Whitman College , Walla Walla, WA