Vaughan Williams and Williams Conducted by Dan Redfeld

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On March 15, 2020, Music at Westwood will present its third concert of the 2019-2020 season at 5 pm at Westwood Presbyterian Church. Featuring music by John Rutter, the west coast premiere of John Williams’ Gloria and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.

The Westwood Presbyterian Chancel Choir & Orchestra, soprano Christina Borgioli and bass Matthew Lewis, under the baton of Maestro Dan Redfeld, will perform John Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth and Look at the World (with added children’s choir) along with John Williams’ Gloria from the film Monsignor. Written as part of the underscore for the 1982 film starring Christopher Reeve and Geneviève Bujold, the Gloria is a 6 minute tour de force featuring choir, orchestra and pipe organ.

The concert will conclude with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ haunting and powerful Dona Nobis Pacem. Written in 1936 as a plea for peace against the political tension growing in Europe, Vaughan Williams utilizes the poetry of Walt Whitman, passages from the Bible and a speech by John Bright to emphasize the horror and futility of war.

More info can be found at https://www.westwoodpres.org/home. Tickets will go on sale on February 1st. And follow Music at Westwood on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/musicatwestwood/

Dan Redfeld Conducts Handel’s Messiah

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Music at Westwood presents their annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 8 pm at Westwood Presbyterian Church. The audience will join the Westwood Chancel Choir, six esteemed vocal soloists and the Westwood Chamber Orchestra (Elizabeth Hedman, concertmaster & Dr. Namhee Han, continuo), forming a 150 voice ensemble as part of the traditional “Messiah Sing-A-Long”, one of the few of events of its kind in the greater Los Angeles area. 

Composed over a three week period in 1741, “Messiah” is a holiday favorite and regarded as the pinnacle of Handel’s oratorios. It includes many renowned arias and chorusses including the celebratory “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted”, the exuberant “Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion” and the majestic “Hallelujah” chorus.  

The vocal soloists are Christina Borgioli (soprano), Devon Davidson (soprano), Nandani Maria Sinha (mezzo-soprano), Scott Noonan (tenor), Justin Brunette (tenor) and Matthew Lewis (bass). The entire evening, under the baton of music director Dan Redfeld, promises to be an exciting night celebrating the Advent/Christmas season. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Eventbrite. Admission is $10 for adults, guests under 18 are free. Vocal score Vocal scores will be available for purchase for $10.

Free parking is available adjacent to the church. For more information, or to become part of our Music at Westwood mailing list, please call (310) 474-4535, or visit our website at www.westwoodpres.org. Westwood Presbyterian Church is located at 10822 Wilshire Boulevard, West Los Angeles, CA.

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Dan Redfeld Conducts Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël

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For its first concert of the 2019-2020 concert season, Music at Westwood will present Saint-Saëns’ “Oratorio de Noël” on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 10 am. Admission is free.

Written in ten days in mid December 1858 and premiered on Christmas Eve of the same year in Paris, the Oratorio de Noël is modeled after the Handel oratorios and is filled with music which ranges from folk-like melodies to full operatic splendor. 

Featuring Christina Borgioli and Devon Davidson, sopranos
Nandani Maria Sinha, mezzo-soprano
Justin Brunette and Scott Noonan, tenors
Matthew Lewis, bass

the Westwood Presbyterian Chancel Choir & Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Dan Redfeld.

For more info please visit https://www.westwoodpres.org. And follow Music at Westwood on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/musicatwestwood/

Pasadena Symphony Performs Two New Arrangements by Dan Redfeld

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On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the Pasadena Symphony, under the direction of Maestro David Lockington, will present their annual Holiday Candlelight Concert. This year, Mr. Redfeld has been asked to provide two new arrangements for the orchestra to perform. The first is a new arrangement based on Barbra Streisand’s 1967 recording of Jingle Bells. For this concert, Mr. Redfeld has written a new orchestration tailored for Broadway vocalist Sarah Uriarte Berry. Redfeld has also provided a new orchestration for Craig Hella Johnson’s arrangement of I Love You/What A Wonderful World, which was originally written for the vocal group Conspirare. For this concert, the Donald Brenigar Singers will be accompanied by the Pasadena Symphony performing Redfeld’s new version. This a is wonderful concert for families to get into the Christmas spirit! More info can be found at https://pasadenasymphony-pops.org/concert/holiday-candlelight/

American Victory featuring orchestrations by Dan Redfeld

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Louis R. Bucalo’s musical, American Victory, will be presented in a workshop concert format on July 22, 2019 at the La Mirada Theatre. Featuring music and lyrics by Mr. Bucalo and additional lyrics by Liz Rose, this production is presented by McCoy Rigby Entertainment and new orchestrations by Dan Redfeld.

Russell & Gina Garcia’s The Unquenchable Flame at Manhattan Beach Studios

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Film composer Russell Garcia and lyricist Gina Garcia’s musical The Unquenchable, depicting the life of Tahirih, the first woman to remove her veil in 1840’s Iran, will be workshopped by The Build a Better World Foundation. Directed by Will North with music direction and arrangements by Dan Redfeld and choreography by Michelle Elkin, this immersive production features a cast of 22 actors and dancers with Mr. Redfeld accompanying on the piano.

Performance Dates: May 24 at 8 pm, May 25 at 2 pm & 7 pm, May 26 at 2 pm, May 31 at 8 pm, June 1 at 2 pm and 7 pm.

Dan Redfeld conducts Bright Star

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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Tony-nominated musical, Bright Star, will be presented at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center April 26, 27 & 28 and May 3, 4 and 5. With direction by Matthew McCray and choreography by Kelly Baker and conducted from the keys by music director Dan Redfeld, this intimate slice of Americana features a cast of 20 and a 10-piece orchestra, some of who are integrated into the staging itself.

Dan Redfeld conducts Mozart’s Requiem in D minor

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Westwood Presbyterian Church’s Music at Westwood, third concert this season will be Wolfgang Mozart’s final composition, the Requiem in D minor, presented on April 7, 2019 at 5 pm.

Commissioned in July of 1791 and written through the fall of the same year, Mozart died on December 5th at the age of 35 leaving the work unfinished.

The Requiem was completed by Mozart’s colleague and infrequent copyist, Franz Süssmayr, in 1792. The overall consensus by music scholars is that his completion reveals a composer of limited means. Hence music director Dan Redfeld has chosen to present the Richard Maunder reconstruction of Mozart’s final masterpiece.

Completed in the early 1980’s, music historian Richard Maunder used Mozart’s incomplete autograph, including an Amen fragment found on the same page as the sketch for the Rex Tremendae movement and clearly intended as the conclusion to the Lacrimosa movement. This version also jettisons Süssmayr’s contributions and constructs a revised version of the Agnus Dei  based on an extensive Mozart outline. Finally the orchestration has been revised using Die Zauberflöte and La clemenza di Tito as models to create a more authentic Mozartian sound. The Maunder edition was made famous by Christopher Hogwood’s 1984 recording on the Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre label and is rarely performed in the United States.

Dan Redfeld will lead the WPC Chancel Choir and WPC Chamber Symphony along with soloists Christina Borgioli (soprano), Nandani Maria Sinha (alto), Orson Van Gay (tenor) and Matthew Lewis (bass).  

Handel’s “Messiah” conducted by Dan Redfeld

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Music at Westwood’s annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” will be held on Friday evening, November 30, 2018, at 8 pm at Westwood Presbyterian Church. The audience will join the Westwood Master Choir, six esteemed vocal soloists and the Westwood Chamber Symphony (with Elizabeth Hedman, concertmaster & Namhee Han, organ), forming a 150-voice choir as part of the traditional “Messiah Sing-Along,” one of the few events of this kind in greater Los Angeles.

Composed over a three week period in 1741, “Messiah” is a holiday favorite and regarded as one of the Handel’s finest oratorios. It includes such renowned arias and choruses as the celebratory “Ev’ry valley shall be exalted”, the exuberant “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion” and the majestic “Hallelujah”.

Vocal soloists are Christina Borgioli (soprano), Devon Davidson (soprano), Nandani Maria Sinha (mezzo-soprano), Will North (tenor), Scott Noonan (tenor) and Matthew Lewis (bass). The entire evening, under the baton of music director Dan Redfeld, promises to be an exciting ushering-in of the Advent/Christmas season.

Admission to Messiah is $10 for adults, collected at the door and available on Eventbrite prior to the concert. Guests under 18 are admitted free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase for $10.

Patrick Cassidy’s “Just Another Family Tree” will feature arrangements/music direction by Dan Redfeld

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Film, TV and stage star Patrick Cassidy will present his one man show, “Just Another Family Tree,” at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Friday, June 22nd, at 8 pm.

It will be an evening filled with songs and stories from Patrick’s life growing up in a showbiz family (which includes Shirley Jones, Jack Cassidy, Shawn Cassidy and David Cassidy) and his journey in the entertainment business.

Dan will be providing the arrangements and music directing the evening’s tunes!